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For immediate release
November 28, 2005
Contact:
Chad Campbell, NPR:
ccampbell@npr.org | 202.513.2304

NPR Music to Feature Two New Online-Only Concert Performances November 30 and December 6: Iron and Wine with Calexico, Sinead O'Connor with Sly & Robbie

Concert Series, Live From the 9:30 Club, Streamed Nearly 800,000 Times

Washington, D.C. -– NPR Music's series of live online-exclusive concerts presented on NPR.org continues with two new live shows: Iron and Wine with Calexico, taking place Wednesday, November 30, and Sinead O'Connor with Sly & Robbie on Tuesday, December 6.

The two new concerts are streamed live from the prestigious 9:30 Club, a Washington, D.C. venue known for booking breakthrough performers in all genres, including rock, punk, hip-hop and country.  NPR Music's concerts have been listened to via NPR.org nearly 800,000 times, and concert-related NPR.org pages have been viewed more than 1.75 million times.

The hit audio webcasts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January 2005 and has featured 14 live events to date. The series has a global fan base through the Internet with an overwhelming response from across the U.S. as well as worldwide, including Scandinavia, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Besides streaming live, both concerts will be archived on NPR.org, which allows fans to enjoy the full concerts on-demand, any time. Additionally, the entire Iron and Wine with Calexico concert will be available to download, and select songs will be offered in a special NPR All Songs Considered Podcast.

The upcoming concerts:

November 30: Iron and Wine with Calexico. Iron and Wine and Calexico are touring together to promote their new album "In the Reins." Iron and Wine is the stage name for Florida native Sam Beam, a teacher of cinematography and a writer and singer of songs that are themselves small intimate movies, while Calexico's music incorporates elements of jazz, folk, country, mariachi and electronics.

December 6: Sinead O'Connor and Sly & Robbie. Sinead O'Connor is now touring with Sly & Robbie, the legends of reggae rhymes, to promote her new album, which features a collection of reggae classics.

Past concerts in this series featured Wilco, The White Stripes, The Shins, Sigur Ros, David Gray, Lucinda Williams, Secret Machines, The Kings of Leon, Bloc Party, The Decemberists, Interpol, Bright Eyes, Son Volt, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab for Cutie. NPR.org also offered the “Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert” presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and featuring such artists as Norah Jones, James Taylor and Elvis Costello. All of these past concerts can be heard anytime at www.NPR.org/music

The NPR Music brand extends through broadcast, satellite radio, original online content, merchandise and, most recently, the successful NPR Podcasts. A podcast version of All Songs Considered has consistently ranked as one of the most-downloaded offerings on such directories as iTunes and Yahoo. This month, All Songs Considered introduced the podcast "Open Mic Music," showcasing work of new artists, who also record the opening of the podcasts to explain the influences on and stories behind their music. Also, the NPR Podcast "Groove Salad's Taste of the Week," offers a selection of electronica music from San Francisco's non-commercial Internet radio station, SomaFM.

NPR's broadcast programming slate has the trend-setting contemporary music series World Café as well as performance series showcasing jazz, classical, opera, symphony and Celtic. The NPR Shop (shop.NPR.org) offers a wide variety of compilation, themed and holiday CDs. Holiday box sets of the "All Songs Considered" and "I heard it on NPR" collections are currently available.

For information on the upcoming concerts and to hear the archived concerts please visit www.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.