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Luke Bell Returns To Wyoming In Debut Album

Jun 18, 2016
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Mudcrutch On World Cafe

Jun 17, 2016

In 1970, five guys — Tom Petty, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench — formed a band, moved from Florida to Hollywood, made a single and broke up. If it hadn't been for Petty holding onto Campbell and Tench as part of The Heartbreakers, that original band, Mudcrutch, might have never come back together — but in 2007, they did just that to make a new record.

Our producer, David Luke, father of David Luke III, put together this special edition of Microphone Check, a compliation of times when the musicians we've sat with over the past couple years spoke about fatherhood.

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Is your life ticking by? Do you fear growing old, never fulfilling your dreams? Weaves, one of my very favorite new bands, has just released a video in which at least one man is inspired out of his rut. Singer Jasmyn Burke wrote and told me, "When I started writing 'Tick' I was thinking about life and time and how we operate as humans. It's a reaction to wasting time. Sleeping under your covers all day and not doing anything sucks. Get out there and do something!" And do something Weaves has done.

The practice of lulling a child to sleep through music must be about the oldest tradition imaginable. All parents have wanted their children to sleep at some point, if only to have a little peace and quiet — and to plot strategies for getting their own shuteye.

Pianist Alessio Bax knows all about sleep — and lack thereof. He's a first-time parent, and his 22-month-old daughter Mila is, like any child that age, a handful, not to mention impossibly cute.

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The U.K. house duo Gorgon City has been steadily on the rise and building anticipation for its forthcoming album Kingdom. In this session, the pair premieres a new track called "Love Me," featuring the vocals of Lulu James.

Set List

  • "Love Me"

Watch Gorgon City's full Morning Becomes Eclectic session on KCRW.com.

In 1970, a young business school grad — and failed opera singer — named David Gockley landed a job as business manager of the Houston Grand Opera. After two years, at age 27, he moved up to general director.

Over the next 30 years, Gockley transformed the company into a hothouse for new and revived American opera. During his tenure in Houston, Gockley presented 35 world premieres, including John Adams' Nixon in China, Stewart Wallace's Harvey Milk, Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place, Mark Adamo's Little Women and three operas by Carlisle Floyd.

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The Last Shadow Puppets On World Cafe

Jun 15, 2016

The Last Shadow Puppets is the work of two British rock stars, Alex Turner and Miles Kane, who met when Kane's band The Little Flames toured with Turner's Arctic Monkeys. In 2008, Turner and Kane released The Age Of The Understatement, their first album as The Last Shadow Puppets, to a very appreciative response — but they didn't find time to make another until Arctic Monkeys went on hiatus in 2014.

Before Deafheaven's Sunbather ended up in iPhone ads, another rose-colored metal album crossed over in surprising and significant ways. Ten years ago, Boris released Pink -- a wild and stunning amalgamation of the Japanese trio's previous decade — to U.S. audiences. Pink was prescient in how metal would rethink what it meant to be heavy, with metallic shoegaze butting up against feedback-sick drone and glittery punk.

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For the last decade and change, American metalcore has been the sound of suburban teenage angst. Eyes will roll from metal's elders, but the number of stage-diving, arm-swinging maniacs at shows proves the genre's staying power, particularly capturing an age group for which heavier, more caustic music provides a new means of cathartic release. Norma Jean wasn't there at the beginning, but was among those bands in the early 2000s that innovated, gave this extreme music shape and smartly grew along with its fan base.

On this week's All Songs Considered mix, we play songs about longing, loss, and healing, with premieres from The Tallest Man On Earth, pop singer LP and more.

Dâm-Funk's Time Machine Boogie

Jun 14, 2016

DJs can be a cagey bunch, protective of their knowledge, reluctant to reveal favorite digging spots to even their closest friends or, in the case of Afrika Bambaataa, peeling center labels off in the shower so that only he knew the groove, all so as to keep their secret weapons, well, a secret. But not Damon Riddick.

Nashville may be famous as the country music capital, but it's also a great rock 'n' roll town. In recent years, the city's spawned a new generation of joyfully ragged garage-punk purveyors, currently represented on the national scene by enduring bands like Jeff the Brotherhood and newer ones like Bully. Thelma and the Sleaze's Lauren Gilbert, who goes by the initials LG, has been part of that community since moving to Nashville from Iowa to study audio engineering.

World Cafe Next: Psychic Ills

Jun 13, 2016

At its heart, Psychic Ills is the duo of singer and guitarist Tres Warren and bassist Elizabeth Hart. The New York City band has covered a lot of musical ground in its career, which is certainly evident in its fine new album Inner Journey Out. Country, blues, gospel and jazz are all handled extremely well on this album. In this segment, hear "I Don't Mind," featuring Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval on vocals, along with the gospel-inflected song "Another Change."

Sometimes big-name artists need special attention. But in this case, it wasn't because they've been jazz pioneers and innovators since the 1960s and are considered to be founding fathers of jazz fusion, not to mention two of the most important jazz figures performing today. It's not because they've collectively recorded more than 100 albums and won 29 Grammy Awards. The agitation was because both of their instruments couldn't fit behind Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk.

Sara Watkins returns to the Four Corners for the 43rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival this weekend. KSUT will feature her latest solo project, Young In All The Wrong Ways, due out July 1, this Friday (6/17) at noon.

This video is a mix of horror, heavy metal and a dose of Pee Wee Herman humor. "The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God" is over-the-top — in the best of ways — bookended by the devil himself. Musician, film director and producer Rob Zombie emailed his description of his new music video to me. He wrote:

Haley Bonar's songs marry fizzy arrangements to cuttingly quotable observations about love, disappointment, identity and the curdling of youth. Her new album, Impossible Dream, finds the underrated Minnesotan in top form, mixing darkness and light with a deft touch.

When Chaz Van Queen decided to take on the stage name Chazmere, he had a certain kind of duality in mind. "It felt direct, it felt strong, it felt confident — but it also was smooth at times," he says. "Cashmere is very durable and strong, but it's also smooth to touch and feels nice on the skin."

That spirit carries over into his latest album, simply called Chazmere, on which tales of skateboarding in project hallways as a kid show two sides of his upbringing in the Bronx.

Alt.Latino Takes On Classical Composers

Jun 12, 2016
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