Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 11:04 am
Some of the hottest artists in Latin music descend on Miami for the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards. All week long, host Michel Martin checks in with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast, to find out which artists have pushed the boundaries of Latino music this year.
Todd Snider is, on one level, your average guitar-strumming singer-songwriter with varying amounts of musical accompaniment for songs he sings with mush-mouthed intimacy. But Snider, now in his mid-40s and impressively prolific, is also an exceptional singer-songwriter, able to set up scenes with quick, precise details.
Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:48 pm
Fans of Fiona Apple are accustomed to waiting for new songs. It's been seven years since 2005's Extraordinary Machine came out — an album that sat on the shelf for years before a grassroots Internet campaign convinced Apple and her label to finally put it out.
Raised in the church and possessed of a honeyed tenor with a gritty underside, Ryan Shaw showcases his formidable vocal chops on Real Love, his forthcoming second album. With a veteran Hall & Oates producer at the helm, a lot of its cuts have that duo's smooth-and-sexy vibe. But in "You Don't Know Nothing About Love," the musicians climb into a time machine and head back to 1967.