Baio On World Cafe

Nov 24, 2015

Chris Baio was the music director at his college radio station and in a band while studying at Columbia. Seems like a typical indie college-kid story — except that his band was none other than Vampire Weekend.

Leon Bridges has songs and vocals that clearly harken back to classic singers like Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge – yet Bridges has his own timeless voice.  His soul, R&B and gospel-influenced songs and clean, direct vocals have landed him on NPR's 'Songs We Love' list, as well as accolades and glowing reviews worldwide.  Through word of mouth, fans quickly and organically gravitated to the 25 year old Fort Worth native's well-crafted songs and honeyed voice.

KSUT will feature Bridges' new CD 'Coming Home', Friday, 11/27 at 12 noon.

"Fulani Rock," the opening track of Baaba Maal's newest album, The Traveller, is a conceptual declaration, one of those in-studio meetings of an African artist and European producer that can either go very wrong or very right. Thank goodness that here it's very much the latter.

Singer Alessia Cara was never one for the party scene. When she expressed that sentiment in her song "Here," it instantly became a viral anti-party anthem. Cara's debut album is called Know-It-All, and it all started at a disappointing house party.

Trevor Powers, the songwriter and frontman of Youth Lagoon, has never attempted to hide his navel-gazing anxieties. On his 2011 debut (The Year Of Hibernation) and its 2013 followup (Wondrous Bughouse), Powers documents a lifetime of existential crises with swirling questions about spirituality, mortality and his own mental state. Powers has also looked the part, appearing in photos and on stage wearing oversize pop-bottle glasses, with slumped shoulders and a mop of disheveled hair.

KEXP Presents: Ought

Nov 23, 2015

Ought formed just three years ago amid a burgeoning DIY scene in Montreal's Mile End district. While drawing heavily from sonic inspirations like Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and The Fall, the group fashioned a sound of its own over the course of two albums and two EPs.

Recently, Ought stopped by KEXP to reveal songs from its refreshing new album, Sun Coming Down — which, despite its sometimes anxious post-punk gloom, feels like a sun coming up on a new day.


  • "Beautiful Blue Sky"

Sam Phillips, founder of the label Sun Records, didn't care much about making flawless recordings.

Review: Adele, '25'

Nov 23, 2015

As anyone who's seen her in concert can attest, Adele Adkins is one of the most self-aware pop acts ever. Nearly every time she sings, the 27-year-old Londoner accesses the kind of acutely tangible pain that sometimes claims the lives of superstars who attain her astronomical level of success. Yet when Adkins delivers stage banter between those tortured tunes, so much cocky Cockney charm tumbles out that she hardly seems like the same tormented gal.