For immediate release
May 5, 2006

NPR Music's Online Concert Series Continues With Mogwai, May 10

Concert, Live from the 9:30 Club, Also Available as Free MP3 Download on NPR.org; NPR All Songs Considered Podcast to Feature Songs

Washington, D.C. - NPR Music's series of free, live online concerts, available at NPR.org/music, continues with a performance by Scotland's cosmic rock group Mogwai on Wednesday, May 10.

The concert will be 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.  Besides streaming live, the concert will be archived on NPR.org, which allows fans to enjoy the full concert on-demand, any time.  Additionally, the performance will be featured in the weekly NPR All Songs Considered podcast, available Thursday, May 11. The ASC podcasts rank among the most-downloaded on iTunes, Yahoo and other leading directories, and are the No. 1 most-downloaded weekly podcast among NPR's offerings. The concert will also be available as a free MP3 download beginning Thursday, May 11.

The Scottish five-piece group Mogwai has been praised by reviewers as "serving-up its own distinctive style of sprawling, sometimes hypnotic space rock." Mogwai was formed in Glasgow, in 1996 by guitarist/singer Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison and drummer Martin Bulloch, and then added Barry Burns and John Cummings. Together they helped establish the alternately loud/soft rock dynamic popular in the '90s, swinging from quiet, introspective strains to explosive, growling rock. Mogwai is on tour promoting its new album, Mr. Beast.

The hit audio webcasts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January 2005 and have featured 24 live events to date.  With listener response coming from around the world, the concerts have showcased an eclectic group of performers including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Toots and the Maytals, Arctic Monkeys, Belle & Sebastian, James Brown, the White Stripes, Sigur Ros, Sinead O'Connor, Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, The Decemberists, Lucinda Williams and David Gray.  Previous concerts have been listened to via NPR.org more than 1 million times, and concert-related NPR.org pages have been viewed more than 2.8 million times.

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 NPR.org/music.