English alt-rock band Keane formed back in 1997, but it wasn't until 2004 that the group really took off with the release of "Hopes and Fears," and the single, "Somewhere Only We Know" which became a huge hit resulting in a Grammy nomination for the band - Best New Artist. Since then, they haves achieved mainstream success and released three additional full-length studio albums, 2006's "Under the Iron Sea," 2008's "Perfect Symmetry," and this year's "Strangeland," as well as 2010's "Night Train" EP.
Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim took his stage name from his hometown of Langhorne in Bucks County, Penssylvania. Born Sean Scolnick, Langhorne Slim studied music at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Langhorne Slim moved to Brooklyn and came into public awarenessafter touring with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.
Having already found success as the vocalist/guitarist for the Irish band The Frames and as half of the folk rock duo The Swell Season, musician Glen Hansard is venturing out as a solo artist. His debut album, Rhythm and Repose, was released on June 19th A on the ANTI record label. The album, Hansard's first since The Swell Season's 2009 Strict Joy, was recorded over the past year and a half in New York City.
Kat Edmonson’s short stature and pixie cut might not be the first image you would expect behind her voice if you had just heard her music. The Texas native’s vocal control is astonishing, she glides effortlessly between tones; from lilting elegance and a scintillating falsetto to a confident and not at all unpleasantly raspy gravel. Kat’s first record, the 2009 release Take To the Sky, investigates the root of what can turn pop songs into standards.
Joe Jackson might be best well known as the writer of the 1979 hit Is She Really Going Out With Him? Jackson – born in Staffordshire, England – has had 5 Grammy nominations over a long and illustrious career in music spanning over forty years. Jackson’s music has ranged from light pop-rock to jazzier numbers and even classical influences that characterize his more recent work.
This session of World Cafe’s Latin Roots music series is hosted by Chicago-based journalist Catalina Maria Johnson. She writes in Spanish and English for publications such as HOY, Revista Contratiempo, Gozamos and Nat Geo Music and is a regular radio personality and hosts/producer for the radio program Beat Latino, which airs in Chicago, Mexico City and Berlin.
Kelly Pratt is no amateur to the music world. The multi-instrumentalist has been recording and touring with bands such as Coldplay, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and Beirut since 2006, but recently stepped into the spotlight after forming the indie rock band Bright Moments. Pratt started writing while on tour and first released a solo disc in 2008 under the name Team B, but was restricted to whatever he could accomplish on his laptop on the road.
Brendan Benson has been called one of America's greatest songwriters. Since 1996, this native of the Detroit suburbs has been creating his particular brand of power-pop alternative rock. But Benson has not always encountered his current level of critical acclaim. He got his start after following a girl to California in the mid-90’s. Benson’s homemade demo led to a quick chase by record companies.
Archie Powell & The Exports have been making waves with their power pop indie rock sound. Frontman Archie Powell has been surrounded by music from an early age; his father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Powell picked up guitar at age 11 and songwriting was a natural next step.
Grace Potter has been captivating audiences with her musical prowess since 2002. Her talents are split between her impressive multi-instrumentalism, her impassioned vocals, and her energized stage presence. Potter's band, The Nocturnals, was founded because of her talent – band mate Matt Burr saw her perform folk songs at a student-run venue.