For immediate release
March 6, 2006
NPR Music's Hit Online Concert Series Hits 20 With New Shows by Belle & Sebastian with The New Pornographers, March 6 And Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, March 8
Concert Series, Live From the 9:30 Club, Streamed More than 1 Million Times
Washington, D.C. - NPR Music's series of free, live online concerts, available at www.NPR.org reaches its 20th performance milestone in March with Belle & Sebastian with The New Pornographers on Monday, March 6, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on Wednesday, March 8.
The hit audio webcasts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January 2005 and have generated listener response from around the world. The concerts have showcased an eclectic group of performers including James Brown, the White Stripes, Sigur Ros, Sinead O'Connor, Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, The Decemberists, Lucinda Williams and David Gray. Along with the live streaming availability and permanent archive access on www.NPR.org/music, various concerts have been offered for podcasts and MP3 downloads.
The two new concerts will be available in three ways for on-demand listening. The concerts' audio will be streamed live from the prestigious 9:30 Club, a Washington, D.C. venue known for booking breakthrough performers in all genres, and archived permanently on www.NPR.org/music. Additionally, the entire concerts will be available as free MP3 downloads. A selection of songs from the performances will also be featured in the weekly NPR All Songs Considered Podcast. The ASC Podcasts rank among the most-downloaded on iTunes, Yahoo and other leading directories, and are the #1 most-downloaded weekly podcast among NPR's offerings. The ASC Podcast will be available on Thursday, March 9.
NPR Music's concerts have been listened to via NPR.org more than 1 million times, and concert-related NPR.org pages have been viewed more than 2 million times.
The upcoming concerts:
March 6: Belle & Sebastian with The New Pornographers. Belle & Sebastian, an indie-pop group hailing from Glasgow, are touring in support of their latest album, The Life Pursuit. Vancouver rockers The New Pornographers recently released their third album, Twin Cinema. The band brings together alternative-country singer Neko Case with members of several other Canadian indie rock bands.
March 8: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The Brooklyn-based band first grabbed the spotlight in summer 2005 with their self-produced debut album, which became a hit from a huge internet following of bloggers, web-based music magazines and online record stores.
Pabst Brewing, maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon, continues as the exclusive sponsor of the NPR concert series.
For information on the upcoming concerts and to hear the archived concerts please visit www.NPR.org/music