Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 3:38 pm
When I first heard that David Byrne and St. Vincent's Annie Clark would collaborate, I imagined a quirky, guitar-based dance band. I never expected an eight-piece brass ensemble or a theremin duet. What's brilliant about their album together, Love This Giant, is what makes collaboration exciting: the desire to explore and challenge. We find both artists outside their comfort zones, making music that couldn't have happened independently of each other.
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:15 am
The Daredevil Christopher Wright is a band featuring brothers Jon and Jason Sunde, along with the percussion and voice of Jesse Edgington. The band began in 2004 in Eau Claire, Wis., and put out a second full-length album, The Nature of Things, earlier this year. Now we've got a new song, "A Man of the Arts," which will appear on a split 7" single the group is sharing with the Brooklyn band Cuddle Magic. It may be too simple to say that what attracted me to this song was its vibe, but it's the truth.
Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 7:52 pm
Michael Kiwanuka isn't a household name, but that's likely to change. Back in January, the 24-year-old British soul singer was voted the winner of Sound of 2012, the BBC's annual award for the most promising new music talent, and he possesses the voice of someone three times his age.
Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the "ambassador of the Great American Songbook," has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America's greatest songwriting teams. It's the subject of Feinstein's new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein singing those songs also comes with the book.)
Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 2:33 pm
Calexico celebrates the release of its new album, Algiers, with a stop at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Del.
The shape-shifting collective's two constants are founders Joey Burns (vocals/guitar) and John Convertino (drums), who've released six albums and five EPs together. Calexico's music bears hints of country, jazz and indie rock, combined with richly evocative lyrics that tell moving, dramatic stories of the pair's native Southwest.
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 11:16 am
If next week's New Ships EP is any indication, "If it ain't broke, do it better" is Benoit & Sergio's mantra. The D.C. dance-pop duo has experienced a sharp, steady rise since releasing its debut EP (2009's What I've Lost), in part because it keeps sharpening its knack for punching out melodic club tracks.
Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 4:49 pm
Divine Fits' pedigree jumps out straight away: The band features Spoon's Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown. Daniel and Boeckner met a few years ago when Daniel attended a Handsome Furs concert, and the two have remained friends ever since.
Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:57 pm
Pat Fitzgerald and Robin Dale Ford make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The two have worked together and separately for more than 20 years, in the process becoming an integral part of Alaska's unique musical landscape, where rock and acoustic music often find common ground.