Singer-songwriter Joy Williams, half of the late great Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, is about to release her latest solo effort, "Venus." She provides us with a playlist for the kind of dinner party that features comfort food and air-drumming.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, whose debut album will be released in the U.S. on July 17, crafts a sensuous playlist for lovers, dreamers, and jealous guys.
Alexis Taylor of the UK band Hot Chip crafts a playlist without pretense featuring artists like Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and Keith Rowe.
French musician Cecile Schott, who performs under the name Colleen, has composed six albums of instrumental music featuring an ancient string instrument called the Viola da Gamba, layered with electronic effects. Pitchfork says several tracks on "Captain of None," her new album, "positively vibrate with melodic ideas." Here's Cecile with a chill party playlist.
North Carolina-based songstress Angel Olsen gave enthralling performances of her singles "Iota" and "Lights Out," on the Fitzgerald stage in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also sang a haunting cover of Richie Havens' "I'm a Stranger Here."
J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth are pseudonyms of the duo behind the instrumental band Public Service Broadcasting. The two are known for pairing dance music with archival sound clips. Their latest album, "The Race for Space," was, not surprisingly, inspired by the space race. The London-based band kick off their playlist with two party-inappropriate tracks, and then close it out with some fine jams.
The Mercury Prize-winning artists craft a soundtrack for a very deep dinner party.
Wayne Coyne has fronted the multi-Grammy winning psych-rock band The Flaming Lips since its inception in 1983. This week, he and the band joined up with Karen O, Donovan, and other rock stars for a concert celebrating the music of filmmaker David Lynch, to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. Coyne built us a playlist for the next time you have David over for dinner.
Laura Marling, who just released her fifth album "Short Movie" on March 24, served up a soundtrack to a weird, wonderful dinner party.
Canadian post-punk band Viet Cong -- one of the music acts playing at Austin's South by Southwest festival -- give us a soundtrack that'll invite folks into a party ... and then expel them.