Chicago folk artist Crow Moses is a veteran of sorts in his city's music scene, but the name might not be familiar. That's because is upcoming album, Horse Heaven Hills, is the first title recorded under his own name. The experimental musician previously released albumsas Musikanto — Ghost Pain in 2009 and Sky of Dresses in 2011.
It's no wonder Moses wanted to go by his actual name on Horse Heaven Hills — there are some remarkably strong songs on this record. Listen to two of them in this World Cafe: Next segment.
Hard Working Americans are a super group with a diverse background, consisting of Todd Snider, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Neal Casal from the Chris Robinson brotherhood, Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi, Duane Trucks and Jesse Aycock of Jars of Clay and Garth Brooks.
The band lives up to its name - they've been on the road since they formed.
Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 4:45 pm
If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or The Stooges — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.
But his newest album, Manipulator, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.
Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 10:33 am
When Anthony D'Amato was a junior at Princeton, he slipped a home-burned CD under the door of a professor — not a professor of music, and certainly no record executive.
It was the door of Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, critic and poetry editor of The New Yorker, who began to work with D'Amato. Five years later, the student is on the music scene, winning praise for folk-rock songs that demonstrate a plain, sometimes flip poetry of their own.