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The Walkmen: Rock's Rising Stars

The Walkmen.
The Walkmen.

The Walkmen's members have been friends since they were in elementary school in Washington, D.C., but only formed in 1999 out of the ashes of Jonathan Fire*Eater and Recoy. Since then, the group has become one of rock's rising stars, with a taut, infectious sound and a gift for bold pop hooks.

The band's latest album is an ambitious undertaking: a remake of Pussy Cats, the oft-misunderstood and highly eclectic album John Lennon and Harry Nilsson recorded in 1974. To do justice to the source material, The Walkmen gathered a bunch of friends, a string quartet, 41 backup singers, a glockenspiel, several kazoos and more. The disc arrived at the beginning of this year, a mere eight months after the release of The Walkmen's solid A Hundred Miles Off.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.