The Los Angeles band Warpaint put out its first album in 2010 — six years after the band formed. In fact, Warpaint has always taken its time. In the two years between its self-titled 2014 album and its most recent release, Heads Up, its members worked on other projects, including bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg's solo album.
Leonard Cohen's new album, You Want It Darker, certainly delivers on the promise of its title. It's a meditation on mortality that soars to the highest of musical heights and sinks to the lowest of vocal and existential depths. The record is truly one of the 82-year-old Cohen's best — and it was produced by his son, fellow musician Adam Cohen.
Kaoru Ishibashi is a violin-playing songwriter and arranger who leads the band Kishi Bashi. After studying scoring at Berklee College of Music, he played as a sideman with Regina Spektor and Of Montreal. He formed Kishi Bashi in 2011, and the band has taken on many forms since then.
Growing up on St. Simon's Island just off the coast of Georgia, Ruby Kendrick always heard that one of her aunts was a witch. Now, having renamed herself after a rabbit's foot talisman, Ruby the RabbitFoot is part of the thriving Athens, Ga., music scene.
Raleigh, N.C.'s Kym Register had a dilemma: When you're a committed member of the folk-punk scene, an outsider, a LGBTQ activist and a leader of the area's hip kids, is it cool to acknowledge the music that's in your heart — when that music is the guitar pop of bands like Fleetwood Mac that dominated your parents' record collection?
In this session, Peter Wolf, the former frontman of Boston's The J. Geils Band, performs songs from his new solo album, A Cure For Loneliness, released this past April. Wolf is a wise man and a music lifer. Originally from New York, he moved to Boston to study painting on a fine arts scholarship and ended up playing in a number of blues and R&B bands. He also worked as the overnight DJ at WBCN.
This August, the Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages released its third album, Something To Ruin. It features the big, sing-along choruses we have come to expect from the band whose style has been dubbed "choral rock." But with this album, Ages and Ages demonstrates it's gotten even more thoughtful about its songwriting.
Talia here with a "longtime listener, first-time caller" moment. I've admired David Dye from afar for years, so I was thrilled when he welcomed me to make my first on-air appearance as the new Contributing Host on World Cafe. We talked about my past work as a host at the CBC, my history as a professional head-banger and our shared love of small venues. David was even gracious enough to let me spin a couple tunes.