The Swedish band Graveyard has a muscular, hard rock sound that drives their new album “Lights Out.” Marco Werman speaks to Alex Sjoberg, the group’s drummer.
Landlocked Hungary gets surf music of its own. Summer Schatzies put a dark Central European spin on Southern California genre.
We spin tracks off Tania Maria’s new album ‘Canto.’ The Brazilian singer, composer and pianist swings to the sound of choro, samba and jazz.
Quebec’s new separatist government is promising to require French exams in English language schools and to ban bilingual newsletters in some municipalities. That’s enraging many English speakers. So the government is bankrolling a province-wide tour by a pro-English musician.
Betto Arcos tells us about singer Lara Bello, who grew up surrounded by flamenco music and dance in Granada, Spain.
France and Germany on Tuesday mark the 50th anniversary of a key treaty that officially cemented the peaceful reconciliation of the two nations two decades after World War II. Another factor that cemented the nascent France-Germany friendship in the 1960′s was a song by French singer Barbara.
Samuel Yirga is a member of the UK/Ethiopian group Dub Colossus. Now, the pianist and composer branches out with a solo CD called ‘Guzo.’
Songs about murder, both real and fiction, have a long history in Finland. The album “Murhababalladeja” features six tracks in the genre.
Stephane Wrembel studied guitar in, among other places, Roma camps outside Paris. He wrote the distinctly Django Reinhardt-like theme for Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” But he disdains the term ‘Gypsy Jazz’, and woe betide anyone who says he’s just following in Reinhardt’s footsteps.
Back in the 1960s, American musicians wrote songs of social justice. Today, Indonesian singer-songwriter Iwan Fals does the same.
French singer Nolwenn Leroy made her US debut this week in New York. Leroy’s is a name with Celtic roots. And that’s the kind of music she plays on her first US album.
The musical group, which was the highlight of the festival, gives a modern and funky vibe to traditional instruments.
After a 10-year musical silence David Bowie is back. Early this morning he released a new single and video online. A new album is on its way in February. The news comes on the British singer’s 66th birthday.
South Africa’s Mthetho Maphoyi discovered an opera CD left behind by his dad who had abandoned him. The chance to sing opera made him feel closer to his father. And it was while singing on a street corner that he was discovered.
When Samoa jumped over the international dateline at the end of 2011, Howl Griff wrote a song about it. At the stroke of midnight of this year, a Samoa radio station played it, thus making the song “International Dateline” the first song played in 2013.