Melbourne-based pop singer Meg Mac got her start when her song won an unsigned-artists contest in Triple J Radio's Unearthed competition, which was a big enough deal to jump-start things in Australia. Now, Mac has made her way to the U.S. with a new EP and a cool, powerful performance style.
Lowland Hum's Lauren Plank Groans and Daniel Levi Groans are a married couple from Greensboro, N.C. After they got married, they released their debut album Native Air in 2013, and put out a self-titled follow-up this year.
The North London rock band Wolf Alice, which took its name from an Angela Carter short story, has spent recent the last few years creating serious buzz in the U.K. and beyond. Wolf Alice's new full-length album is titled My Love Is Cool.
Wolf Alice has been labeled many things — post-grunge, alternative rock and so on — but its members call their own sound "distorted pop music," and that works just fine. Here the band plays a live studio set for World Cafe.
World Cafe is traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of July as part of its Sense Of Place series. Consider this episode a little preview, as this week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Swedish band Small Feet.
Unlikely though it may seem, "Outlaw" is Sam Outlaw's mother's maiden name. As it happens, the L.A. country singer, whose debut album is appropriately called Angeleno, has an improbable story to go with that name.
The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour concerts in California have wrapped up, and this weekend, the band moves on to Chicago for its final three shows. From its beginnings in San Francisco, and certainly since the 1970s, the Dead has inspired fans to join it — following the group became a lifestyle.
The Australian trio DMA's experienced radio success with the first three singles its members released. On the heels of sold-out tours in Australia and a journey across the U.S., DMA's just released a self-titled EP, with a full-length debut due out next year. The band performs some of its new songs in this World Cafe session, including the hit "Delete."
Richard Thompson has appeared on World Cafe many times before, beginning with Rumour And Sigh in 1991, and now he has a new album called Still. While in his teens, Thompson joined Fairport Convention, dubbed the "British Byrds" for its combination of traditional and original music. His solo career, consisting of more than 25 albums (some with then-wife Linda Thompson), began shortly thereafter.
This week's World Cafe: Next artist is British keyboardist, producer and vocalist Oli Bayston, who records smart, indie-rock-influenced house music with Boxed In. Hear a few songs on this episode, and head over to the World Cafe Tumblr for more.