In many ways, Hurray For The Riff Raff is the living embodiment of Americana. Throughout the years, the band has recorded and lived in the musical hotbeds of New Orleans, Nashville and New York and played everything from old time folk to rockabilly music.

But on their latest album, The Navigator, the group expands their catalogue to include perhaps the most American of genres — straight-ahead rock-n-roll. It’s an exciting turn that hints at yet more evolution with frontwoman Alynda Segarra writing about her Puerto Rican roots and even veering briefly into latin sounds.

Hurray For The Riff Raff performed songs from The Navigator live in our studios and Segarra chatted with opbmusic’s Laura Hardin about the new album’s story arc, her shape-shifting career as a songwriter and her thoughts on writing a queer anthem in “Hungry Ghost.” Watch videos from the session above and listen to the performance and interview with opbmusic’s Laura Hardin below.