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.

A New ‘Season’ of Okkervil River

This autumn Okkervil River - an Americana band with a literary bent - return with a new album called "The Silver Gymnasium." Here's the lead single "It Was My Season" - a piano-fronted track that's a perfect way to jolt yourself out of the summer doldrums.

Alabama Shakes – ‘I Found You’

Last summer, when we caught on to the Alabama Shakes and frontwoman Brittany Howard’s unbelievable pipes, our One For the Road pick “You Ain't Alone” unleashed a torrent of listener love. Now that the band’s debut LP Boys and Girls is finally here, it’s about time for another. Here’s “I Found You” - perfect track for when all’s sweet in the world.

Roots drummer Questlove shares a meatier kind of drumstick

As the drummer and co-leader of hip-hop group The Roots (also the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) ?uestlove is music royalty. Now he’s getting into the food game, too, and it turns out his buttermilk chicken is as good as his music. Bon Appetit named it one of their top things to eat in 2012. We grilled the musician about his ironically healthy new diet, and why food is the new hip-hop. For more tales of ?uestlove’s life - musical and otherwise - his just-released memoir is sure to be a treat.

Kid-pop stars Imagination Movers on how to impress the tikes

To help us win our next kid-friendly dinner party, we turn to certifiable kid experts The Imagination Movers. The New Orleans-based band has been performing kid-centric pop-rock for almost a decade in sold-out tours and for their Disney Jr. show. Mover Rich and Mover Scott (both fathers, too) enlighten Rico about the wonders of interactivity, make-believe and arena-rock cliches. (The Imagination Movers head out this week on a tour for their just-released Rock-O-Matic album).

Playlist: Episode 207

Other Music in this week's show: The Sea & Cake - "The Argument" Aphex Twin - "Boy/Girl Song" Tipsy - "Liquordelic" George Bizet - "Caprice No. 2 in C major" Cotton Jones - "Somehow to Keep it Going" Sonny and the Sunsets - "Death Cream" Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - "How Long do I have to Wait?" Rogue Wave - "Figured It Out" Aphex Twin - "Polynomial-C" Jurgen Kneiper - "Urstromtal (The Glacial Valley)" Nat King Cole - "Adelita" Natalie Cole - "FRENESI" Nat King Cole - "Acercate Mas" Brooklyn Funk Essentials - "The Acid Jazz Test" Adeem - "Keep Em Safe" Coldplay - "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" David Lynch and Lykke Li - "I'm Waiting Here"

David Lynch and Lykke Li – ‘I’m Waiting Here’

While he is best-known for creating Twin Peaks and films like Blue Velvet, all-around creative David Lynch has a new project on the horizon: his second album, The Big Dream. The record, coming out July 15, is a collection of songs he has written (and one Bob Dylan cover) - and some versions will include this special bonus collaboration with Swedish pop darling Lykke Li.

Natalie Cole’s special Spanish gifts

Singer Natalie Cole has won nine Grammy awards and produced countless classic tunes in her four-decade career. Her newest recording, Natalie Cole en Español is her first Spanish-language record - but her dad, Nat “King” Cole released three of his own in the 50s and 60s. Natalie tells us the touching story of how her body has shaped her body of work.