Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:
Monday, December 11th: Penny and Sparrow
Penny and Sparrow evoke the detail of Simon and Garfunkel and the openness of Bon Iver. On the next World Cafe, they perform live from the new album Wendigo and explain the fine balance between their Christian beliefs and the label of being a Christian band, including how hard it is to talk publicly about faith in the age of 140 characters.
Tuesday, December 12th: JD McPherson
JD McPherson, the Oklahoman who made Retro rock sound modern with North Side Gal is back with a new album called Undivided Heart and Soul. It was recorded in Nashville's historic RCA Studio B after JD uprooted his family and moved them to Music City. JD McPherson and his band perform live on the next World Cafe.
Wednesday, December 13th: Rag’n’Bone Man
Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human is the fastest-selling male solo debut this decade, and he took home Critics Choice and British Breakthrough Act at this year’s Brit Awards. On the next World Cafe, Rag'N'Bone Man performs stripped down versions of his bluesy, soulful songs and talks about the inevitability of being recognized at 6 foot 5, with heavy tattoos and a beard.
Thursday, December 14th: Emily Haines
Emily Haines is the lead singer of the rock and roll band Metric. But on her new solo album Choir of the Mind, there are no wailing guitars. The spotlight shines directly on her singing and the work-of-art that is her songwriting. Emily Haines performs solo, seated at the piano, on the next World Cafe.
Friday, December 15th: Michael McDonald
From Steely Dan, to The Doobie Brothers, to his own solo career, Michael McDonald has made a lasting mark on pop culture with his distinctive voice. His new release Wide Open is his first album of original material in 17 years – he talks about playing the new songs live, the challenges of his early work with Steely Dan, and how hard it is for him to express his feelings outside of music.
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