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For immediate release
September 8, 2005
Contact:
Chad Campbell, NPR:
ccampbell@npr.org | 202.513.2304

NPR Music's Hit Online-Only Concert Series Returns With Two New Concert Performances September 11, 27: Sigur Ros and The White Stripes

Washington, D.C. -- NPR Music's series of live online-exclusive concerts presented on NPR.org returns with two new live concerts: Sigur Ros on Sunday, September 11 and The White Stripes, M. Ward and The Shins on Tuesday, September 27.

The live concert series, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January and featured eight events to date. The series won a global fan base through the Internet with a strong response from across the U.S. as well as worldwide, including Scandinavia, Australia and Asia. These two new concerts also expand the series' venues. Audio from past performances have been streamed live from the prestigious 9:30 Club, a Washington, D.C. venue known for booking breakthrough performers in all popular genres. NPR is working with I.M.P., the parent company of the 9:30 Club, to present audio web casts of these upcoming events at larger venues: the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD and the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

The upcoming concerts:

September 11 - Iceland's stunning ambient rock group, Sigur Ros, performs while on tour for its latest CD, Takk. Sigur Ros features Jon Bor Birgisson on vocals and guitar, Kjartan Sveinsson on keyboards, Orri Paal Dyrason on drums and Georg Holm on bass.

September 27 - The White Stripes performance from the Merriweather Post Pavilion will be presented on NPR.org, in the group's first-ever live audio web cast. The White Stripes is touring to promote its latest album, Get Behind Me Satan. The top-selling Detroit duo mixes classic rock, blues and punk. Joining them in this concert are M. Ward, who writes quiet, introspective folk and sings with a wisp of a voice, and The Shins, who write smart, catchy pop tunes and had a song featured in the soundtrack for the film Garden State.

Past concerts in this series featured David Gray, Lucinda Williams, Secret Machines, Kings of Leon, Bloc Party, The Decemberists, Interpol, Bright Eyes and Wilco. These concerts can be heard any time at npr.org/music.

The NPR Music brand extends through broadcast and satellite radio programming, original online content and merchandise. NPR's news and information programming, including the weekday and weekend Morning Edition and All Things Considered, provide wide-ranging music segments, artist profiles and features. Its broadcast programming slate also has the trend-setting contemporary music series World Café as well as performance series showcasing jazz, classical, opera, symphony and Celtic. NPR.org offers the All Songs Considered online-exclusive music discovery program which, in turn, sparked the online concert series. The NPR Shop offers a wide variety of compilation, themed and holiday CDs. The newest release is I Heard it on NPR: One World Many Voices, featuring performances by global artists profiled on NPR programming.

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.