J. Roddy Walston & The Business return to World Cafe for a new studio session. Originally formed in 2002, the Tennessee band began picking up speed after it relocated to Baltimore in 2004. On the upright piano, Walston shapes the group's style of infectious Southern rock.
This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Chicago guitarist Ryley Walker. The singer-songwriter recently released a psych-folk EP titled The West Wind, which features swirling guitars and jazzy excursions that are easy to get lost in.
A half-century on, La La Brooks still sings about boys and girls falling in love. At an age when other veterans of first-generation rock movements are thinking about retirement or oldies tours, Brooks has come up with a fresh, energetic collection that doesn't deny her past, but also refuses to succumb to mere nostalgia.
This week's feature CD gets into the spirit of the season, big-band style! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings through holidays favorites like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and even "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" on their latest album, "It Feels Like Christmas Time." Hear the CD in it's entirety at noon on Friday, Dec. 20 and correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at 12:30 to win lunch at Zia Taqueria.
Fans of Midlake have no doubt grown accustomed to the band's malleable sound, which fluctuates from album to album. The Texas folk-rock band's second record, The Trial of Van Occupanther, was steeped in the atmosphere of the '70s, while 2010's The Courage of Others headed in another direction altogether.