World Cafe
3:58 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Holly George-Warren On World Cafe

Holly George-Warren.
Mark Loete Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Alex Chilton was revered by a generation of rock musicians, including The Replacements. Chilton began his career at 16 and eventually sang on a rock 'n' roll classic, "The Letter," by The Box Tops. He went on to form the influential power-pop band Big Star in the early '70s.

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World Cafe
3:51 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Against Me! On World Cafe

Against Me! performs live in the studio at World Cafe.
John Vettese World Cafe

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:54 am

The punk band Against Me! formed in Florida in 2002 as part of the hardcore scene and often employed political lyrics in its songwriting. The group's new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, explores lead singer Laura Jane Grace's experience with gender dysphoria throughout her life.

On this installment of World Cafe, Against Me! plays songs from the record, and Grace discusses how her fans and bandmates reacted to her transition.

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All Songs TV
5:58 am
Thu June 5, 2014

American Football, 'Never Meant'

Still from "Never Meant."
Chris Strong

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:54 am

Director Chris Strong took his inspiration for the video directly from the album's darkly glowing artwork:

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All Songs Considered
4:52 am
Thu June 5, 2014

After Learning To Loosen Up, Spoon Readies Its Return: The All Songs Interview

Tom Hines Courtesy Of The Artist

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:30 am

Spoon's first album in four years is called They Want My Soul. It won't be released until Aug. 5, but frontman Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recently joined All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to play some of the record and share the stories behind it. You can hear the full interview using the link above, or read edited highlights below.

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World Cafe
11:34 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Jessica Lea Mayfield On World Cafe

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
LeAnn Mueller Courtesy of the artist

In 2007, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach discovered an EP by an artist called Chittlin, who hailed from Kent, Ohio — an area near his hometown of Akron. The voice behind Chittlin was 15-year-old Jessica Lea Mayfield, a singer-songwriter who'd been performing in a bluegrass band with her family since she was 8. Her languid tone had a simple power and reflected a sentiment that seemed wise beyond her years.

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