Phoenix's blend of rock, disco, and abstract lyrics has made their music the soundtrack for dance parties from Tokyo to their hometown of Paris. Their 2009 album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" went gold and won them a Grammy. Bandmates Thomas Mars and Laurent Brancowitz mix up a playlist of songs by Chick Corea, Bryan Ferry, and more for your next sushi soirée.
Sam and Danger Mouse produced a series of songs inspired by the TV series "The Man In The High Castle." Each track is a dark, eerie cover of a tune from the '50s or '60s. The album is called, "Resistance Radio." The duo dropped by our studios a few weeks back, which explains why their playlist is designed to give your party a certain je ne sais quoi.
Along with his catchy, hazy guitar-rock, Mac DeMarco has become famous for his sense of humor... and for antics, like putting his home address at the end of a track from his mini-LP, "Another One," and inviting fans to visit him and his girlfriend to their home. He delivers a playlist with tunes by Dean Martin, Nino Rota, and more for the Italian-American in all of us.
Critics have praised Joan Shelley’s poetic lyrics and minimalist approach to Appalachian folk music. She caught the attention of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who produced her latest album. With songs by Roger Miller, Irma Thomas, and more, the singer-songwriter mixes up a soundtrack for the next time you venture off to the Red River Gorge.
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leslie Feist has delved into everything from anthemic rock to hushed chamber pop. She just released a new album called, "Pleasure," and DJs a dinner party soundtrack that'll bring a chill to your springtime parties.
Nathan Willett and Matt Maust are two-fifths of indie rock band Cold War Kids. The band just released their sixth record. It's called, "L.A. Divine." Listen as Nathan and Matt pick songs by Fiona Apple, The Walkmen, and more to pull at your heartstrings as they look back at their missed encounter with a rock superstar.
Alex Kapranos is the frontman of the beloved Scottish dance-pop band Franz Ferdinand and a member of the new supergroup of sorts called BNQT. The band includes Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Their new album comes out later this month. His playlist takes your party from Scotland to Germany to Latin America with tracks by Kraftwerk and more.
Swedish musician Jens Lekman has become a legend in the indie world for his wry, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking pop tunes. Last year, he challenged himself to write a song a week... some of which evolved into tracks for his new album, "Life Will See You Now." It's his first record in five years. Here's Jens with a playlist mailed from the other side of the world.
Jay Som first gained attention with songs she wrote in her bedroom and posted online. Not long after, revered indie label Polyvinyl signed her and her debut album of smart lyrics and pop hooks called "Everybody Works," comes out on March 10. She spins a few familiar tracks by Death Cab for Cutie, Debra Laws, and more.
Valerie June is a Memphis singer and guitarist's last album "Pushin' Against a Stone" was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Her new album, "The Order of Time," is a fresh take on bluegrass. Her party playlist will help you channel your inner-Diana Ross.