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Born in 1946, Louden Wainwright can't really be called over the hill, but he's already got the makings for a great legacy. His children Rufus and Martha are veritable musicians in their own right, and Wainwright's body of work has obviously influenced them.

When The Ting Tings exploded onto the pop scene in 2007, their grunge-chic style and sound were destined for success.  Now, five years after the debut of their hit single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" and four years after their first full length, "We Started Nothing", The Ting Tings are back. 


Despite the slow, twisting, syth looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions.  Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to band mate Alexei Casselle, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs. 

Originally called The Darlings, colloquial quartet Allo Darlin’ crafts quirky, deeply personal indie rock.  Though they’ve grabbed the indie world’s attention with melodies on lap steel and ukulele, the band’s four-part harmonies are large part of their charm. 


Named as World Cafe: Next Artists just this past March, the charming sister duo First Aid Kit are back with a full-length World Cafe show. Swedish sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg are barely into their twenties but they've already got an international reputation for their incredibly rich harmonies and simple, rousing folk.

Bonnie Raitt is a blues-rock living legend, holding a hefty nine Grammys and five platinum albums under her belt. Her rootsy and passionate take on everything bluesy, combined with her intimate understanding of composition, deft slide guitar skills, and soulful vocals, have helped Raitt become an icon.


Fifteen-year-old British artist Jasmine van den Bogaerde is better known as Birdy, and perhaps best known for her 2011 cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love."  Birdy started playing piano at the age of five and began composing a few years later. 

Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs.  Channeling a love for music and two-near death experiences, Simone Felice's solo debut is a meditation on life and death.  Yet, the album is hardly Felice's first foray into such hefty subject matter or into story telling. 

Karl Wallinger is perhaps best known as the brains and brawn behind the Brit-pop band World Party. Wallinger is a Welsh singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who had an early obsession with all things folk and pop, from the Beatles to the Beach Boys to Bob Dylan. After some experience directing The Rocky Horror Show and working in music publishing, he played keyboard for the Scottish folk rock collective The Waterboys.

Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding technique, it's hard to believe he's a rising star -- let alone a 24-year-old.  Kiwanuka is of Ugandan descent and grew up in Muswell Hill, London. 

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