Frank Ocean has written songs for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and John Legend; last year his mixtape Nostalgia Ultra attracted wide attention and acclaim. Now Ocean has released his first major-label album, Channel Orange. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of Ocean's album and career thus far.
Multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt has toured with Coldplay and Arcade Fire, among others. Now at the helm of a sunny, shiny pop band called Bright Moments, Pratt joins World Cafe's David Dye to show off his solo work.
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan, and such an Ichiro Suzuki devotee he wrote a song about the outfielder. Though he wrote it years ago, he decided this week — when Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees — was the right time to release "Ichiro's Theme."
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