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The psychedelic influenced British band Temples had barely just released their debut album, Sun Structures in February, 2014, when they visited the World Cafe studios. It was before they’re acclaimed performances at SXSW last March (including an appearance at the Public Radio Day Stage), that introduced the band to American audiences for the first time. Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island with music in her blood. Her grandfather Harry Simeone a successful composer (“Little Drummer Boy”, “Do You Hear What I hear”) and her grandmother Margaret McCravy a singer for bandleader Benny Goodman. Stevenson’s a punk rocker dressed in singer-songwriter clothers with a unique point of view. Like Sharon Van Etten, Sarah Jaffe, and Thao Nguyen (of The Get Down Stay Down), she’s a refreshing take on the singer-songwriter genre; reflective, original and sassy. Continue reading →
Singer and songwriter ELIJAH (Elijah Noll) comes our way from Chicago, via Portland, Maine. A little bit Citizen Cope, a little bit The Neighbourhood, ELIJAH’s new song “Poison,” is one of those instantly embraceable songs that balances the singer-songwriter genre with pop and electronica. Continue reading →
TV Girl are a Los Angeles based group led by singer and songwriter Brad Petering and Jason Wyman, who along with Brad does the production, mixing, and mastering. The mixtape minded, multi-instrumentalists were once dubbed by the San Diego Reader, “bubblegum pop for the children of chillwave.” The band first caught the attention of music bloggers in 2010 with their Todd Rundgren sampling “If You Want It”, but even though the folks at Rundgren’s label weren’t happy with the band’s use of the sample, it didn’t stop the song from helping the band establish itself amongst music fans. Following several EP’s, they released first full length, The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle was offered as a free download by Stereogum in 2012, and sample heavy songs on it like I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now,”, the album came off as a lo-fi spiritual cousin to Paul’s Boutique (Beastie Boys) and 3 Feet High and Rising (De La Soul). Continue reading →
The indie-pop band Allo Darlin’ recently released their new album, We Come From The Same Place on Slumberland Records. The band is fronted by Australian-born, Florence-based singer Elizabeth Morris, while the rest of the band lives in London.
The Budos Band are a nine piece instrumental band formed in the 2005 that play blend together Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into one funky musical stew. Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries of groove influenced music, their new album – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records) – brings together psychedelia, heavy funk, and “sword and sorcery metal,” all with a soundtrack vibe that Quentin Tarantino would likely groove to. Continue reading →
Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. Continue reading →