On the next Galactic Travels, I'll conclude the month-long focus on Manikin Records, celebrating two decades of music. Many important artists have had their music released on this label. The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk two from "Second Decade2002-2012." I will also play music by artists appearing at the Soundscapes Concert Series held
Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:53 pm
The mists of eternity wafted over my Twitter feed the other night. Okay, not quite — but talk of eternity, or at least of the pop scene in thirty years, did make for a lengthy and spirited group exchange. It started when a friend who's not fond of singing competitions asked whether Kelly Clarkson will be remembered in 2042.
In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Carlos Alfonso, one of the vocalists and principal songwriters of the Cuban progressive-rock band Síntesis, talks with host David Dye about the relationships connecting Cuban music, Yoruba music from Nigeria and Arara music out of Benin.
For 27 years, the members of Neurosis have demonstrated what metal can be and what it can aspire to: transcendent, cathartic, graceful, innovative. Like the best films, Neurosis' albums are thoughtful and sometimes sublime escapes, navigating pain and salvation through Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly's words, as well as a dense atmosphere of distortion and noise. In the past decade, more deliberately paced and folkloric passages have made their way into Neurosis' sound, too.
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:55 am
This will be the last in our summer-long series of polls in search of the albums everyone can love. We've featured a few hundred records since we started back in May, and have found a lot of surprises.
Yeasayer is back with a trippy third album, Fragrant World, which pushes the trio — whose members dipped a bit into the indie-rock "mainstream" with 2010's Odd Blood — back into a more experimental zone.
Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder recently visited The Alternate Side's Studio A for a live session and a conversation with Russ Borris. Watch Yeasayer perform "Blue Paper" on this page.
The Quebe Sisters Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. While the sight of a triple-fiddle band is something to behold in person, the group's talent ensures that its sound translates easily to the radio and beyond.