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Augie March: Wry, Winsome Pop

Augie March.
Augie March.

Named for the 1953 Saul Bellow novel The Adventures of Augie March, the wry and winsome pop band Augie March has spent the last decade winning loyal fans in its native Australia. An English major and avid poetry fan, singer Glenn Richards has been widely praised for his distinctively smart lyrics — most recently on Augie March's third album, Moo, You Bloody Choir.

The 2001 death of keyboardist Rob Dawson helped lend a degree of depth and melancholy to Augie March's sound; the album that followed, 2002's Strange Bird, spanned a broad array of emotions and instrumentations. Moo, You Bloody Choir, the follow-up, just came out here. Elegant and refined, its subtly epic sound makes it a strong candidate for sleeper success.

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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.