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46 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Sleater-Kinney's 'Path Of Wellness' marks time of great change, within and without
Sleater-Kinney's new album is the first they produced themselves, the first without Janet Weiss and amidst the backdrop of wildfires, pandemic and protests.
32 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine interpret the movies on 'A Beginner's Mind'
Every song on Stevens the album is connected with a movie, inspired by late nights watching films during a month-long stay in upstate New York.
39 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: The songwriting and production duo you know, but don't
Jam & Lewis are the duo behind a ton of R&B hits from stars like Usher, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige and more. And boy do they have some stories to tell!
19 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
'The Return of Pachyman' is a 21st Century Take on the Classic Dub Foundation
In this session, enjoy a mini-set and conversation with Pachyman, who's love for dub is infectious.
35 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Bruce Dickinson Talks Everything Iron Maiden, And A Whole Lot Of Other Things
Not only is he the lead singer of one of the most important and most influential metal bands of all time, Dickinson is also a licensed pilot, an accomplished fencer and a frontman with seemingly endless energy.
19 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
The Culture Corner: The Legacy Of Two 1991 Albums Released On The Same Day
We're taking listeners back 30 years ago, to a memorable day in music history — September 24, 1991. On that day, two important records were released: Nirvana's Nevermind and A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory.
33 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
On 'Star-Crossed,' Kacey Musgraves Embraces Tragedy
Kacey Musgraves' latest album, Star-Crossed, chronicles the end of a relationship, through divorce and healing.
22 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Merry Clayton On 'Beautiful Scars' And A Life Of Singing
In the late 1960s, Merry Clayton was one of the most sought after backup singers. Her new album, released in April of this year, is called Beautiful Scars.
47 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
On 'The Roadside,' Billy Idol Reunites With An Old Collaborator
This month, Billy Idol released The Roadside, a four song EP made with his longtime guitarist and cowriter, Steve Stevens.
22 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
On 'Hope Above Adversity,' Dylan Cartlidge Makes Music Like Mantras
Cartlidge's debut album, Hope Above Adversity, was released in July of this year. It's filled with uplifting anthems that sonically jump from pop, to funk, to hip hop.
17 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, Pushing The Blues Into The Modern Era
On his latest album, 662, the 22-year-old guitar virtuoso expands his sound to incorporate more rock, soul and gospel into his repertoire.
8 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Enter 'The Metallica Blacklist': St. Vincent And Jason Isbell On The Black Album
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metallica's beloved self-titled album, they're releasing The Metallica Blacklist: a compilation featuring more than 50 different artists covering songs from the record.
28 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
On 'Release Me 2,' Barbra Streisand Plucks From An Archive Full Of Gems
In this episode of World Cafe, Barbra Streisand discusses Release Me 2 — a compilation of unreleased and reworked songs — and the funny, surprising stories that surround it.
31 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
On 'Daddy's Home,' St. Vincent Lives Her 1970s New York Fantasy
In this episode of World Cafe, St. Vincent dives into the personal story and cultural influences behind Daddy's Home.
52 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
For Tom Scharpling, Wanting To Be Part Of Something Bigger 'Never Ends'
In this episode of World Cafe, Tom Scharpling talks about his memoir, It Never Ends, and the way music — including how his desire to be part of something: a band, a joke, anything — has shaped his life.
46 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
To Jackson Browne, Songwriting Is A Game Of Revision
Songwriting is a craft. No one follows through on that promise more than Jackson Browne.
27 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Leslie Jordan Embraces His Newfound Internet Fame With 'Company's Comin''
The actor's debut album is a collection of hymns, reinterpreted by him and guest artists like Brandi Carlile, Dolly Parton and TJ Osborne.
33 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Twin Shadow Comes Home For His Latest Sonic Shift
Exploring the sounds of his youth — with soul and punk music at the core — was exactly what singer-songwriter George Lewis Jr. needed to do.
33 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Hiss Golden Messenger Performs Songs From Throughout His Career
You might wonder why Hiss Golden Messenger's new album is called Quietly Blowing It — because bandleader M.C. Taylor has not been blowing it at all.
30 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Brittney Spencer Follows Her Own Light
For every time that someone succeeds by following certain markers, there's someone who succeeds by following their own light. Brittney Spencer is the latter.
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