Gomez :: Charley Patton Songs :: How We Operate
Iron & Wine :: Jezebel :: Woman King
The White Stripes :: Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn :: Icky Thump
- First Listen Live: Queens Of The Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork'
Josh Homme presides over a dense, textured, unpredictable sound that's equal parts mystery, intensity, beauty and bluster. QOTSA performed ...Like Clockwork in its entirety, plus an assortment of older material, in a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
- Boy On World Cafe
The Swiss-German duo's sweet, honest and enchanting sound shines on its debut album, Mutual Friends.
- Viking's Choice: The Man, The Machine, The 'Melee'
Mechanical engineer and sculptor Tristan Shone, who records as Author & Punisher, is a master of machines. He's built a robotic entourage ? throttles, knobs, rails and all ? that responds to MIDI/USB controllers and makes for-real industrial doom metal.
- Mount Moriah On World Cafe
The North Carolina band performs powerful, country-tinged songs from its new album, Miracle Temple.
- KCRW Presents: Yo La Tengo
Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew visit the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios to perform songs from their most recent album, Fade. Watch the venerable indie-rock trio play a KCRW favorite, "Two Trains."
HipHop / R&B
Pierpoljak :: Tout La-Haut :: Je Fait C'que J'veux
Femi Kuti (feat. Common) :: Missing Link :: Fight to Win
Femi Kuti (feat. Mos Def) :: Do Your Best :: Fight to Win
Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao) :: Politic Amagni :: Dimanche à Bamako
- Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds
The Toronto-based band plays a hybrid of old-school calypso, ska and other West Indian styles. But the new album Jumbie in the Jukebox doesn't so much revive classic genres as reinvent them for a new time.
- Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Tiny Desk Concert
Joined by three excellent collaborators, Shajarian gives what amounts to a brief master class in the art of singing. In the course of this love song, titled "Az Eshgh," the Iranian icon unleashes torrents of swooping, soaring, goosebump-inducing sound that's still perfectly controlled at age 73.
- Latin Roots: Son Jarocho
Jasmine Garsd introduces a melancholy, mischievous genre from the port city of Veracruz, Mexico.
- First Watch: Jeri-Jeri With Baaba Maal, 'Gawlo'
A new video set at a backyard party in Dakar highlights a collaboration between the famous Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, a drum ensemble and a German techno producer.
- A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History
A dance band called Dur-Dur Band ruled the nightclub scene in 1980s Mogadishu, thanks to a unique sound made possible by access to Western culture and instruments.
Electronic / Dance
Country, Folk, Blues...
The Wood Brothers :: Loaded :: Loaded
The Wood Brothers :: Loaded :: Twisted
Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood -- the Wood Brothers -- grew up in Boulder, CO, and both left the area after graduating from high school, Oliver moving to Atlanta while Chris ended up in New York. Oliver, a guitarist, discovered he had a knack for writing songs and formed the blues-based King Johnson, which continues to do frequent gigs on the Southern circuit. Chris, a bassist, began playing jazz and rock in New York, eventually teaming up with John Medeski and Billy Martin to form the successful jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. more...
The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at the Five Spot Café in New York City, 1957, the same year as the Carnegie Hall concert. Recently, an unkown recording has been discovered and will be released on Blue Note Records. more...
Anoushka Shankar has an impeccable musical pedigree. Her father, Ravi Shankar, is a sitar master. Her half-sister, Norah Jones, is a Grammy-winning pop-jazz singer. Now, Anoushka Shankar carves out her own sound on a new CD, Rise. more...
Malian performers Amadou and Mariam met during the 1970s at the Institute for the Young Blind of Mali. The husband-and-wife team have overcome numerous obstacles, from blindness to living under a military dictatorship. Banning Eyre reviews their CD, Dimanche a Bamako. more...