Sleater-Kinney's triumphant 2015 began with the January release of No Cities To Love, the newly reunited band's first album since 2005's The Woods. On this episode of World Cafe, we'll hear excepts from a recent Sleater-Kinney concert in Paris and sit down with Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss to discuss their remarkable careers.
Rhett Miller has kept a solo career going concurrently with his day job as lead singer of the Old 97's. Miller's new album, The Traveler, was recorded with the help of Black Prairie, a band largely made up of moonlighting Decemberists members.
The Weather Station is the work of Tamara Lindeman, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and actress in TV and film. Her third album, Loyalty, examines the many meanings behind its title; it was recorded in a decaying 19th-century mansion in France, where Lindeman played guitar, banjo, keys and vibes.
In this episode of World Cafe: Next, you can hear two songs from Loyalty — and download them as part of a podcast here.
The title of Death Cab For Cutie's new album, Kintsugi, refers to the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using precious metals — the idea being that broken items can be made more valuable than they ever were before. It's an apt metaphor for what's gone on in the band's recent history, and in the life of singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard.
World Cafe features a special live edition of Latin Roots with a performance by the French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux. The set, which contains music from her latest album Vengo, was recorded at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.
Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.