For immediate release
May 22, 2006

NPR Music's Online Concert Series Continues With The Walkmen, May 25

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 NPR.org/music, continues with a performance by The Walkmen on Thursday, May 25.

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.

The five-piece indie rock group The Walkmen consists of previous members of Jonathan Fire Eater and The Recoys and was formed in 2000 by vocalist Hamilton Leithauser, organist Walter Martin, guitarist Paul Maroon, drummer Matt Barrick, and bass player Peter Bauer. The Walkmen's 2004 album Bows and Arrows was on many critics best album of the year lists and several songs were featured on Fox's "The O.C." The group is on tour promoting its new album, A Hundred Miles Off.

NPR Music's hit audio webcasts, produced under the All Songs Considered banner, launched in January 2005 and have featured 25 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.

Along with this concert series, NPR Music expanded its partnership with WXPN Philadelphia to offer weekly, live online concerts; the recent archived concerts include Keb Mo and Mason Jennings, Birdie Busch, Umphrey's McGee, James Hunter and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The upcoming concerts audio will be available for live online streaming every Friday at 12 noon (ET), then will be archived permanently for on-demand listening as streaming audio on the web site.

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