World Cafe Guests

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live

The Wallflowers

The Wallflowers The Wallflowers
courtesy of the artist
The Wallflowers have reconnected, or 'rebooted' so to speak, to release their first studio album since 2005's Rebel, Sweetheart and with a slightly tweaked line-up they pick up right where they left off.
It’s safe to say that Dylan and the band which includes founding member Rami Jaffee on keyboards, long-term bassist Greg Richling, Stuart Mathis on guitar and newly acquired drummer Jack Irons have recharged their collective creative battery. Glad All Over is an energized collection of trademark tunes from The Wallflowers that fans have been itching for.

As frontman and leader of the band, Jakob Dylan exercised his personal and creative right to explore life as a solo artist for the last half decade. And while at some point that is likely to happen again, the timing could not be better for a return to The Wallflowers. Unlike the last few albums, Glad All Over doesn’t fall under the shadow of expectations that their breakthrough album Bringing Down the Horse seemed to cast back in the late 90s. Yet with that said, the new album certainly offers some nostalgic moments. Opening tracks like “Hospital for Sinners” and “Misfits for Lovers” satisfy much like some early Wallflowers hits. The Clash inspired “Reboot The Mission,” which features Mick Jones, is the band’s formal reintroduction and welcome-back moment. And for Dylan, he finds his moment to shine as a songwriter on the melancholy, mid-tempo stunner “Love is a Country.”

For The Wallflowers and maybe Dylan more specifically, there seems to be a lesson being learned with Glad All Over. While climbing charts and selling albums (rare these days) are surely nice by-products of making an album, Glad All Over is more about enjoying the moment. Jakob continues to carve his own identity as a songwriter and the band sounds eager. The recipe may be slightly different this time around, but the results are pretty comforting if you’re a fan of what these guys do.

Written by WXPN's Mike V (Mike Vasilikos)

Website
Facebook

Set List:
LOVE IS A COUNTRY
SLEEPWALKER
FIRST ONE IN THE CAR
ONE HEADLIGHT

Recent Release: Glad All Over
Release Date: October 9, 2012.
Label: Columbia Records


Photo Credit: courtesy of the artist
More in this category: « Twin Shadow Allen Stone »

World Cafe Guest Search

Forget trying to classify them and just listen: Railroad Earth’s Session, and “Katie Cruel’s” importance in music, tonight on...

For the last handful of weeks on Folkadelphia Radio, we’ve been focusing on a featured song, digging a little into its history,...Read More

The ever-evolving Kite Party will celebrate their new record on May 8 at PhilaMOCA

On May 6, Kite Party will unveil their second full-length album, Come on Wondering. On May 8, they’ll celebrate with a record...Read More

Singer-songwriter Abi Reimold celebrates her EP release this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden

Philly-based songstress Abi Reimold – also a photographer and occasional contributor to The Key – will celebrate the...Read More

DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival...

If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a...Read More

Redbull’s Sound Select pairs Philly artists Embarker and Chris Forsyth with Oneohtrix Point Never

Redbull’s Sound Select monthly feature, showcases local artists across the country is bringing some additional recognition to...Read More