Folk icon Linda Thompson Plays DJ, Parties til Dawn

Linda Thompson was one of the biggest names in English folk-rock of the 1970s. Now she is back with the second record in a recent come-back, fifty years after her musical career began.

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Anna Calvi Prefers Her Pop Unprocessed

Mercury and Brit Prize nominated singer-songwriter Anna Calvi is back with her second record. She told us she does not to listen to much pop music, but if her party playlist selections are indicative, she's picking only the best.

Wild Belle Spin Tracks, Span Globe

Elliot and Natalie Bergman are the core of the band Wild Belle. The siblings put together some songs with summery, global accents and a bit of romance - influences that can also be heard in the music they make.

Deafheaven Pairs Black Metal with Dinner

For their new EP "Sunbather", Deafheaven picked up Pitchfork webzine's coveted "Best New Music" title and an 8.9 rating. The San Francisco-based band's second outing sends screaming Scandinavian-influenced metal crashing headlong into dreamy UK-style shoegaze rock, then drizzles the wreckage with California melody. Their dinner party playlist suggestions are equally unpredictable.

Nick Krill of The Spinto Band Fights with a Cherry Tomato

Nick Krill's Delaware-based indierock group The Spinto Band is riding a wave of praise for their latest album. It's called "Cool Cocoon," which is also an apt description of their sound. Here's Nick to suggest some tunes from other musicians.

1960s rockers The Zombies share a playlist of Influences & wine pairings

The Zombies are known for their impressive string of 1960s rock hits - songs like “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There” - and although band members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent say they would never play their own music at a party, they might be the rare people who wouldn't. What they would play, however, is a mix of classic songs that have influenced them - and which sound particularly good when paired with a light Italian red.