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Teitur: An Elegant Balladeer Gets Noticed

Teitur Lassen.
Teitur Lassen.

Having paid his dues with 300-show years and a bad major-label deal, singer Teitur Lassen has finally gained some of the exposure and critical acclaim his music warrants. Borrowing from folk, rock and pop influences — think James Taylor, Randy Newman and R.E.M., with a splash of Jeff Buckley's romantic elegance — Teitur has released two fine albums of emotional balladry, built on a quiet but sturdy folk-pop framework.

Hailing from the tiny Faroe Islands, just north of Norway, Teitur has been featured on VH1 and in Rolling Stone — and his song "One and Only" (from 2003's terrific Poetry & Aeroplanes) has become a romantic sleeper hit. He independently released his second studio album, Stay Under the Stars, in September.

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David Dye
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.