World Cafe http://knau.org en Bombay Bicycle Club On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/bombay-bicycle-club-world-cafe Bombay Bicycle Club formed when its members were teenagers in South London. It took its name from a now-defunct chain of Indian restaurants in the group's hometown. The band's initial good fortune in winning the Road To V contest in 2006 earned it an opening spot in a major festival, which helped put Bombay Bicycle Club on the map.<p><em>So Long, See You Tomorrow</em> is the group's fourth album. Each record delves into new musical territory and benefits from frontman Jack Steadman's travels around the world. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:56:24 +0000 editor 49315 at http://knau.org Bombay Bicycle Club On World Cafe Kevin Drew On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/kevin-drew-world-cafe Kevin Drew is best known for co-founding the groundbreaking Canadian indie-pop supergroup Broken Social Scene in 1999. Around the same time, he founded Arts & Crafts, a record label for that band's releases. Now, 15 years later, it has become one of Canada's most important labels, releasing albums by Feist, Deer Tick and more.<p>In March, Drew released his second solo album, <em>Darlings</em>. Its songs thoughtfully and pointedly address the complex meanings of intimacy and love. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:56:24 +0000 editor 49316 at http://knau.org Kevin Drew On World Cafe Dave And Phil Alvin On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/dave-and-phil-alvin-world-cafe Dave and Phil Alvin are best known for their stint in The Blasters, the bluesy Los Angeles band that formed in the late '70s. They're also known for their contentious relationship, which led them to a 30-year hiatus from musical collaboration.<p>Though it seems too good to be true, the brothers recently found a point of agreement: a musical tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, a bluesman whose heyday was in the first half of the 20th century. Hear them perform three of their songs here. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WXPN-FM. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:56:24 +0000 editor 49317 at http://knau.org Dave And Phil Alvin On World Cafe He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/hes-my-brother-shes-my-sister-world-cafe Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's <em>World Cafe</em> is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings.<p>Along with three other band members, the two have been crafting an eclectic mix of theatrical folk, garage, and even vaudeville-influenced music since 2010. After putting out a couple of singles, He's My Brother, She's My Sister released its debut album last year; it's titled <em>Nobody Dances in This Town</em>. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 37520 at http://knau.org He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/elvis-costello-and-roots-world-cafe In hour one of Tuesday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, we talk with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15045892/elvis-costello" target="_blank">Elvis Costello</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15121130/the-roots" target="_blank">The Roots</a>' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album <em>Wise Up Ghost</em> last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.<p>Both artists have rich histories as thriving collaborators. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 37521 at http://knau.org Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Ásgeir http://knau.org/post/world-cafe-next-sgeir Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of <em>World Cafe: Next</em>. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album <em>(In the Silence)</em> in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:59:00 +0000 editor 37460 at http://knau.org World Cafe Next: Ásgeir Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/ray-lamontagne-world-cafe <em>In this installment of </em>Vintage Cafe<em>, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' <em></em>performance from Oct. 8, 2010. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:35:00 +0000 editor 37458 at http://knau.org Jack Johnson On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/jack-johnson-world-cafe Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: <em>From Here to Now to You</em> finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's <em>To the Sea</em>, which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars.<p>In this <em>World Cafe</em> session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar culture on his style. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:43:00 +0000 editor 37355 at http://knau.org Jack Johnson On World Cafe Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada http://knau.org/post/latin-roots-evolution-balada On Thursday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>'s <em>Latin Roots</em> series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show <em>The Latin Alternative</em> — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/19/155034153/latin-roots-bossa-nova-brazils-answer-to-jazz" target="_blank">bossa nova</a>. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:56:00 +0000 editor 37303 at http://knau.org Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada Jason Isbell On World Cafe http://knau.org/post/jason-isbell-world-cafe Soulful roots-rock singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15127717/jason-isbell" target="_blank">Jason Isbell</a> has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15399002/drive-by-truckers" target="_blank">Drive-By Truckers</a>. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:09:00 +0000 editor 37293 at http://knau.org Jason Isbell On World Cafe