Annie Clark, better known to fans by her stage name St. Vincent, joins us for a live Friday concert next Free at Noon. The New York experimental rocker is a master of moods, a stunning arranger and an accomplished guitarist. Her new self-titled album is out on February 24th , and can be heard this week on NPR Music's First Listen.
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson joins us for this week's Live from World Cafe Live Concert. He is credited with reviving the Laurel Canyon sound of the late 60's, both in his work as a solo artist and his collaborations as a producer and guest musician with the likes of Father John Misty, Maria Taylor, Dawes and more.
A connecting force in the southern California music scene, Wilson has released four solo albums since the mid-2000's; his most recent outing, Fanfare, came out in October 2013 and featured contributions from David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Jackson Browne.
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.
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.
This week, the amazing singer songwriter Nicole Atkins returns with the best album of her career. We've been big fans of Nicole Atkins since her debut album. and on February 4th, She releases a new album. She'll be playing new material as well as some of her older favorites.
Roots-tinged Australian musician John Butler joins us on a double-header Free at Noon bill this week.
Frontman of the funky and fierce jam rock crew John Butler Trio, who were a big hit at this summer's XPoNential Music Festival, Butler has also released a handful of live and studio solo albums including 2012's Tin Shed Tales. He performs a solo acoustic set for us at Free at Noon.
Downbeat Brooklyn band Lucius also performs on the Free at Noon bill on Friday. The five-piece is anchored by the expressive vocal harmonies of lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig.
Eclectic singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash joins us for this week's Free at Noon concert. The Different Radio favorite and daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash is readying her latest full length record, The River and the Thread, for an January 2014 release. The album, written with her husband and longtime collaborator John Leventhal, will be her first album of original material since 2006's acclaimed Black Cadillac. Cash also earned praise recently for 2009's The List, an album covering 12 country music classics from a list her father gave her at age 18.