Writer Judy Cantor-Navas recently moved to Barcelona, Spain, an area dominated by Catalan culture. Ahead of Catalonia's parliamentary election Sunday, she shares some distinctively Catalan music with us.
Youth Lagoon is the work of indie-pop artist Trevor Powers, whose new album, Savage Hills Ballroom,is the third in a series showcasing his strong melodic sense as well as his experimental side. Powers says the death of a good friend at home in Boise, Idaho, led him to rethink how he dealt with emotional discomfort, which in turn helped him make better art. He spent two months with producer Ali Chant in Bristol, England to record Savage Hills Ballroom.
World Cafe welcomes back Silver Lake, Calif., band Silversun Pickups, whose new album, Better Nature, comes out Friday. The shoegazey band's 2006 debut, Carnavas, contained modern-rock staples like "Lazy Eye" and "Well Thought Out Twinkles," and was a major success that started the band on its way.
Kamasi Washington, a 34-year-old saxophonist from Los Angeles, is changing the way people think about jazz. His sprawling three-disc debut album, The Epic,is selling well alongside softer, more commercial jazz fare, and his recent East Coast tour drew impressive crowds.
NPR Music's Ann Powers turned World Cafe on to the Nashville band Promised Land Sound last year, just in time for the Americana Music Festival. At that time, the trio could have been labeled country-rock, but on its new album, For Use And Delight, it leans more toward the "rock" side of the equation.
Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr.'s long-awaited new album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim, came out last week. It's Clark's first album since his debut, 2012's Blak & Blu, which spawned many festival appearances in the last few years.
It's a good day when you get a chance to talk with Keith Richards and hear that gruff laugh live.On this episode of World Cafe, Richards discusses Crosseyed Heart, his first new solo album in more than 20 years.
JD Souther is a songwriter's songwriter, best known for the songs he wrote and co-wrote for The Eagles — songs like "Heartache Tonight," "Best Of My Love" and the one he performs live on this episode of World Cafe, "New Kid In Town."
The annual Americana Music Festival is taking place in Nashville this week, with an awards ceremony this evening and big concerts and showcases to follow all week long.
One of the people performing is Lera Lynn, World Cafe's guest today. She developed an instant audience through her performances on this season of HBO's True Detective — many discovered her singing in the background in the dive bar The Black Rose while the action took place.