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Los Campesinos! is a seven-piece Welsh indie-pop band with an exciting, multilayered debut called Hold on Now, Youngster. Already soaking up international buzz, Los Campesinos! visits World Cafe with host David Dye.
NOMO recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A with synthesizers, horns and homemade instruments in tow. Elliot Bergman, speaking on behalf of the eight musicians, explained to KUT's Jay Trachtenberg how a band coming out of the Midwest came to emulate music many Americans overlook.
The combination of studying the classical tradition and traveling around the world informs the New York songwriter's brand of folk music. He visits WNYC to recount some of his experiences and perform music from his new album, Window Seat.
Named after Ray Davies' studio, where it was recorded, The Kooks' sophomore album Konk nods to some of the greatest British pop of the last 40 years. In a session with host David Dye, the band performs tracks from its new disc.
From the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii, this week's gifted young musicians include a 13-year-old guitarist playing music from Venezuela, an award-winning 15-year-old double bassist, and a five-piano, ten-pianist extravaganza, featuring music by Bizet and Khachaturian. This program originally aired on January 23, 2008.
Fusing unique instrumentation with a soulful and sometimes playful voice, Sollee defies convention. His Kentucky roots shine through on his debut album, Learning to Bend, and in its photography, design, videos and music. Sollee plays music from his first CD on WXPN.
Blue-eyed soul virtuoso Eli "Paperboy" Reed may have grown up in Massachusetts, but he conveys the heart-wrenching emotion of Southern predecessors such as Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed in Studio on World Cafe 7/2/08
Coming up along with a slew of British singers who look back to classic '60s girl groups, Adele stands out with a big, bluesy voice. At just 20, she sounds wise beyond her years, writing songs of heartbreak and loneliness. Here, Adele performs songs from her debut CD, 19, with just a guitarist for accompaniment.
Adele in Studio on Words & Music from Studio-A 6/9/08
For its 10th album, Superhero Brother, G. Love & Special Sauce pulls back from the numerous guest appearances heard on recent albums and instead focuses on the core group. Hear G. Love perform solo versions of songs from the new album at WXPN.
This week, from the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, a teenage pianist from Honolulu plays Prokofiev, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus sings a Chinese folk song, and a young tuba player who's gone to extremes in the orchestra while awaiting his next entrance, plays Schumann. This program originally aired on January 9, 2008.
From their beginnings giving singing telegrams, The Bobs' founders (Gunnar Madsen and Matthew Stull) recruited bass singer Richard Greene and Janie Scott in the higher register to complete the a cappella quartet. Hear The Bobs perform a display of vocal acrobatics and irreverent lyrics on World Cafe.
Named after the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, the up-and-coming group has both taken up residency at Lincoln Center and performed with singers in nightclubs. Hear the Escher String Quartet christen WNYC's new studios with a Dvorak classic and a world premiere.
Produced by the legendary Steve Lillywhite, She & Him inaugurates the new World Cafe Lillywhite Sessions series from Avatar Studios. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward seamlessly combine her syrupy-sweet voice with his simplistic yet stunning instrumentals on their debut, Volume One.