In the '60s, Lynn Castle was the go-to hairstylist for Los Angeles' music scene. The Byrds, Sonny and Cher, and the Monkees came to call her "the lady barber." She also cut a few tracks, but only a few saw the light of day. Now, she's back with her first-ever LP of her music. Listen as she recalls two of her early loves.
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.
French band Phoenix have been making ear-friendly international pop since they first met as teenagers in the Paris suburb of Versaille. Their new album comes out in a couple of weeks. Here's a track called - "Ti Amo."
Alternative hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces have a new album, "Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star," that is coming out in July. Here's a track from it called, "Shine a Light."
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.
James Elkington is an Englishman living in Chicago and he's releasing his debut solo album, "Wintres Woma," on June 30. Here's his latest single, it's called "Wading the Vapors."
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.
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.