Future Islands is a Baltimore-based band that's known for synth-driven pop and dark lyrics. Back in 2014, Pitchfork named their song, "Seasons (Waiting On You)," the best of the year. They're on tour now supporting a new album called "The Far Field." Hear their playlist for pets and friends alike... and enjoy some bonus audio!
Chris Taylor, bassist of the indie rock band and cookbook author, shared a few song *and* recipe selections for your next dinner party.
Punk rock darling Ted Leo has been churning out anthemic, politically conscious music since the '80s, including six LP's with his acclaimed band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. This month, he releases his first solo album in 10 years called, "The Hanged Man." Listen as the musician picks songs by Michel Pagliaro, Steel Pulse, and more, for the soundtrack to your next politically aware party.
Musician and singer-songwriter Warren Haynes is perhaps best-known as the longtime guitarist in the Allman Brothers Band. He's also a founding member of the jam band, Gov't Mule, who recently released their 10th studio album, 'Revolution Come... Revolution Go.' Listen as he tells a story of sharing a tour bus from New York City to Denver with Dave Grohl's mom, Virginia, shortly after the tragedy.
Laetitia Tamko, better known by her stage name, Vagabon, gives us a playlist that is both low-key and powerful, featuring Solange, Christine and the Queens, and more.
Toronto's Maya Killtron says her latest retro-funk tune was inspired by a childhood memory of hearing Michael Jackson on the radio for the first time, while washing the family car. We suspect Prince was in the mix somewhere too. This is called "Whiplash."
Mitski Miyawaki (aka Mitski) started her career while attending SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where she self-released her first two albums. Her fourth album, "Puberty 2," was named Pitchfork's Best New Music. Here she is with a playlist even the biggest jazz snob can enjoy.
Beth Ditto made a name for herself as the lead singer of indie-rock group Gossip, and her standout voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James. Her debut solo album "Fake Sugar" is available now. She spins us a playlist of songs by Cat Power, Nina Simone and more to go with grits and perfect potatoes.
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.
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.