Long-running singer-songwriter and Different Radio favorite Suzanne Vega is this week's concert artist.
Vega's discography spans nearly 30 years, from her mid-80s beginnings to her breakout 1987 release Solitude Standing – which gave us the song "Tom's Diner" and its ubiquitous dance remix by DNA. Vega's output has been steady since then; and is set to release her latest record, Tales from the Realm of the Queens of Pentacles, on February 18th via her own Amanuensis Productions label.
Our first World Cafe: Next artist of the new year is the Washington, D.C., band U.S. Royalty. Led by brothers John and Paul Thornley, the group will release its second album (Blue Sunshine) on Jan. 21. After a year of touring and the death of the Thornleys' father, U.S. Royalty found a way to infuse its polished new album with the raw energy of its live shows.
The four piece country-tinged New England rockers The Alternate Routes join us on January 10th for our Noon performance on Live from World Cafe Live.
Last month the band put out its first new music in three years, a single called "Nothing More" that was written in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, CT. The song was released in support of the Newtown Kindness non-profit.The Alternate Routes' third full-length album, Lately, was released in 2010, and it plans a follow-up album for later this year.
Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:24 pm
Fans of Midlake have no doubt grown accustomed to the band's malleable sound, which fluctuates from album to album. The Texas folk-rock band's second record, The Trial of Van Occupanther, was steeped in the atmosphere of the '70s, while 2010's The Courage of Others headed in another direction altogether.
Since the moment they came together, Alex Ebert and his band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have had a reputation for electrifying, unifying live shows. The group has been a crowd-pleasing hitmaker since the release of its 2009 debut album, Up From Below, which features the modern classic "Home."
Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:12 pm
For this installment of Sense of Place: Toronto, host David Dye talks with NOW Magazine editor and publisher Michael Hollett. For 32 years, Hollett has guided the alternative news publication to reflect the music culture of Toronto.
Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:27 am
In the Latin world, the big celebration around this time of year isn't for Halloween — it's for the Day of The Dead, or Día de los Muertos.
As NPR's Alt.Latino co-host Jasmine Garsd explains in this edition of Latin Roots, Día de los Muertos is far more a day of remembrance than anything scary. But to appease those who prefer to indulge in the eerie, Garsd has selected three songs, each drawn from a hair-raising urban legend.