JD Souther On World Cafe

Sep 17, 2015

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."

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Bahamas On Mountain Stage

Sep 17, 2015

Bahamas makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Led by Finnish-Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Afie Jurvanen, Bahamas mixes folk, pop and indie rock to create something soulful and harmonious.

Bahamas' 2011 album, Barchords, was a minor masterpiece of blue-eyed gospel-soul, executed with exquisite taste. The follow-up, Bahamas Is Afie, further demonstrates Jurvanen's enormous talent as a songwriter, guitarist and master of hook-writing.

It speaks to The Black Keys' popularity and stature as one of America's finest working rock bands that early word surrounding The Arcs had it pegged as singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach's "side project." The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, may have begun as a solo excursion, but the group has turned int

We're all gonna die...someday. And if there's mass extinction, what's left of humanity will face nature's wrath, stored in centuries of environmental abuse and neglect. With its second album Litany, Dead to a Dying World plays the soothsayer of the agricultural apocalypse, reaped in a searing and gorgeous vision of crust-punk, doom- and black-metal, with a viola's sorrowful folk melodies stringing it all together.

The look Born Ruffians frontman Luke Lalonde gives at the end of the band's latest video says it all: Things are rarely as awesome as you think they'll be. Or, more to the point, it's best to be careful what you wish for.

The long-running Brooklyn duo Ratatat makes compelling, multi-layered, instrumental electro-rock music. It's a distinct and instantly recognizable sound, but the band keeps innovating around it; Ratatat's new album, Magnifique, unexpectedly employs pedal-steel guitar.

Ratatat recently joined KCRW for a searing session in front of a live audience at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles. Its members say this song, "Nightclub Amnesia," was inspired by a highway sign in upstate New York.

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