We are major fans of the band The War On Drugs. Today's show presents an epic live performance and interview with leader Adam Granduciel. The band formed in Philadelphia in 2005 and was critically lauded in 2011 for the album Slave Ambient, which put them on the map.
The red-haired, California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen has come a long way since 2005, when he gave shy, barefoot solo performances around the release of his first album. Now on his fifth, Smoke and Mirrors, he has not only written more outward-looking songs, but he also presents them with a band in a more commercially viable way.
Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released their latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, this March with a
twist on their garage rock sound. With it being their ninth full-length, the band decided to focus its sound following 2011’s Arabia Mountain by working with a producer for the first time during their career. Even though the band is mixing things up a bit, they’re keeping to their raw, gritty roots. The Black Lips are also known for their signature intense live shows, so catch them this Friday at noon on Different Radio.
Eighties superstar Boy George isn’t done performing. Though it’s been 18 years since his last album release in
1995, he's on a North American tour supporting his latest endeavor, This Is What I Do, released last January. The artist is also well-known for his work with the band Culture Club and is reportedly working on new material with them as well. Tune in Friday at noon for this double header Live From World Cafe Live.
Recent Release: This Is What I Do Release Date: March 25, 2014 Label: Very Me Records
It is great to have Robert Cray back with a new album called In My Soul. We will hear performances from Cray and his band in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, plus conversation with WXPN's Michaela Majoun.
We have a wonderful performance from Lost In The Trees today with music from their new album Past Life. The band is from Chapel Hill, N.C., and is lead by the charismatic Ari Picker.
Their new album is quite different from their more orchestral folk-pop. It is stripped down, relies on more electronic elements and represents a major evolution for the band. One thing that remains the same is Picker's intensity. We're happy to welcome them back.
This week's World Cafe: Next entry is a San Diego psych-rock band started by friends Andy Breihan and John Fredericks. After relocating to Brooklyn, the pair and drummer Chris Tromley recorded their debut within sight of the ocean on Long Island, just to maintain the surf-friendly San Diego vibe.
As for the name SACCO, that's a shout-out to the famous Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, who were executed in 1927. Hear and download two of the band's songs as part of the World Cafe: Next podcast.
Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:03 pm
The British band Kaiser Chiefs had a successful start to its career with 2005's Employment and 2007's Yours Truly, Angry Mob, which spawned the worldwide hit "Ruby." It's been three years since Kaiser Chiefs' last album, and since that time original drummer Nick Hodgson was replaced by Vijay Mistry.
The band's new album is titled Education, Education, Education, and War, which paraphrases a quote from Tony Blair. Here, the re-energized band joins World Cafe live in the studio.