The Brooklyn band Lettuce has been at it for two decades now, mixing funk with hip-hop beats and contributions from guest rappers. Its new album Crush was recorded while the group was on tour, most importantly in New Orleans.
Shemekia Copeland, daughter of the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, got her start when she first took the stage with him at age 8; she released her first album 10 years later. In this session, she explains that she's always had a powerful voice, but had to learn the subtleties of singing.
In this episode, Copeland performs at WXPN's Free At Noon concert, where she sings songs from her latest album, Outskirts Of Love.
A Mercury Prize-winning musician, Benjamin Clementine worked his way up from playing the streets of Paris to performing in clubs and festivals. Clementine's theatrical voice is often compared to that of Nina Simone, whom the singer admits he didn't know about until people mentioned the comparison.
Southern California roots and folk singer-songwriter Korey Dane grew up listening to classic music from The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. But at a young age, he was also introduced to Tom Waits, who was his main inspiration to become a songwriter. Dane says he started writing to get away from the mundane of the day-to-day, and he's never stopped since.
For this Latin Roots segment, Catalina Maria Johnson of the Chicago radio program Beat Latino had the daunting task of picking just three of the many Latin divas to feature. You'll hear from the great Cuban singer Celia Cruz, Mexico's Chavela Vargas and Argentina's Mercedes Sosa.
Stream the complete segment and be sure to check out Johnson's Spotify playlist for more.
The Philadelphia indie-rock sextet Dr. Dog returns to its formative years with the release of Psychedelic Swamp, a "new old" album that comes out Feb. 5. The collection is a re-recording of the band's long-out-of-print debut, which was produced at home on an 8-track in the late '90s and early '00s and self-released on cassette. Those hard-to-find early recordings capture Dr.
Welcome to a week of World Cafe "Side Tracks," where we look back on past guests that came in for a session — not with their best-known band, but with a side project. In each session, we speak to the artists about juggling both acts and the origin story of their "other band." Stream the complete sessions below.
Eliza Hardy Jones has been a fixture on the Philadelphia music scene for years. She was part of the duo Buried Beds in the early 2000s, and has lent assistance on tour with other bands, including Strand Of Oaks. Jones' solo debut, BecauseBecome,is a mature pop album she made with longtime producer Nick Krill, as well as Dave Hartley (who worked with The War On Drugs) and Brian McTear.
Yannis Philippakis, lead singer of the U.K. indie-rock band Foals, is known for leaping off balconies at live shows. Though he didn't have the chance to stage-dive in the World Cafe studio, that didn't stop Foals from recording an amazing session of songs from the group's fourth and latest album, What Went Down.