Delta Spirit lead singer Matthew Logan Vasquez performs solo for this special World Cafe episode, recorded live in Austin, Texas. Since moving from Brooklyn back to Austin, where he grew up, Vasquez has remained a prolific songwriter: He's turned out material for a new solo EP and full-length album, as well as plenty of songs for Delta Spirit, which he says is still a going concern.
Lucius began as the duo of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, but they've since added a few more elements to the band, making it a quintet. Lucius' first album, Wildewoman, came out in 2014, and the band is set to release a follow-up, GoodGrief, on March 11.
Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter attended a performing-arts high school before studying electronic music at California Institute of the Arts. Though Holter's music is often experimental, her new album, Have You In My Wilderness, is widely viewed as her most accessible work. She says she becomes another character when she writes, and she often draws inspiration for her songs from literature and plays.
Aubrie Sellers is a brash country artist from Nashville with a powerful voice and both depth and variety in her songwriting. Her evident love of trashy garage rock contrasts strikingly with her emotionally rich voice and songs.
With seven albums, four EPs, seven 7" vinyl records and one live set under its belt, the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr. Dog released its eighth full-length LP Friday. For this record, The Psychedelic Swamp, the band revisited and re-recorded songs from a set of experimental cassette recordings it had made in 2000.
Best known for her use of the autoharp, Basia Bulat loves stringed instruments, but she concentrated on keyboards for her latest album, Good Advice, which was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Bulat says she pushed herself out of her comfort zone to make her fourth album a pop record. Hear the Canadian singer-songwriter perform some of those new songs live on this episode of World Cafe.
Brooke Waggoner is like anyone with a day job and a rich other life doing what she really loves: making music. Except Waggoner's day job is in music, too — maybe backing fellow Nashville resident Jack White on keyboards, or fashioning string arrangements for the TV show Nashville.