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For immediate release
August 2, 2005
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Chad Campbell, NPR:
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NPR.org's "All Songs Considered" Online-Only Concert Series To Feature Three New Club Performances August 6, 7, 11: David Gray, Lucinda Williams, Kings of Leon and Secret Machines

WASHINGTON - NPR.org, whose series of live online-exclusive concerts under the All Songs Considered banner starting January 2005 has won a global fan base, is offering a upcoming triple-header: live online concerts with David Gray on Saturday, August 6; Lucinda Williams on Sunday, August 7, and Kings of Leon and Secret Machines on Thursday, August 11.

The concerts are streamed live from the prestigious 9:30 Club, a Washington, D.C. venue known for booking breakthrough performers in rock, punk, hip-hop and country. All Songs Considered's previous five concerts have showcased Wilco, Bright Eyes, Bloc Party, The Decemberists and Interpol and have attracted listeners from throughout the U.S. as well as around the world, including Europe, Asia and the Arctic.

The concerts' lineage extends back to NPR's online music program All Songs Considered and its own parent, the national radio newsmagazine All Things Considered. Listeners wanted to know more about the music - often from little-known artists - airing between segments on ATC. In response, NPR launched ASC, an online-only program offering music, videos and interviews with featured artists and NPR reviewers. As an extension of that commitment, NPR initiated the All Songs Considered concerts to bring the experience of live, non-studio performances to fans. The bookings range from emerging artists to under-recognized ones to those who are simply fun to hear.

The next three concerts feature:

» Saturday, August 6: Multi-platinum-selling performer David Gray returns to the music scene with his first new album in three years -- a beautifully-crafted, lush and sometimes cinematic collection of folk-pop ballads

» Sunday, August 7: Multiple Grammy-award-winning artist Lucinda Williams' music captures folk, country and rock

» Thursday, August 11: Southern rock band, Kings of Leon, whose sound is inspired by Neil Diamond and the Rolling Stones, plus Secret Machines, best known for their psychedelic indie rock sound

The concerts are live from the 9:30 Club, the premier music club in Washington, DC for more than two decades. The club is one of the top ticket-selling venues in the country, recognized for its breakout bookings and has been named "Nightclub of the Year" four times by Pollstar, the concert industry trade publication.

The All Songs Considered concerts continue NPR's aggressive commitment to wide-ranging music programming; most recently, it added the contemporary music radio series World Café to its program roster. It joins a variety of other original music series celebrating jazz, classical, opera, symphony and Celtic. Additionally, NPR's news and information programs regularly feature in-depth profiles, features and interviews with musical artists, including multi-part exclusives with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

For information on the upcoming concerts and to hear the archived concerts please visit npr.org/music.

NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 780 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, npr.org offers hourly newscasts, special features and eight years of archived audio and information.