The Navigator, sees her stray slightly from her trademark folk and delve into alternative rock and Latin music, the soundtrack to her childhood. It’s an ambitious and risky record, politically minded and deeply felt — which is to say that it’s perfectly aligned with the rest of her spectacular work.
When it comes to crazy backstories, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra may just take the crown. Born in the Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side punk scene, Segarra dropped out of school and ran away from home at seventeen. She rode freight trains around the country, eventually landing in New Orleans, where she started busking on street corners. Later, her subtle, dusky alto and Band-like folk rock took her from said corners to the Newport Folk Festival, well-attended South by Southwest showcases, and heaps of critical acclaim. Released earlier this year, Segarra’s sixth full-length album,