Favorite Sessions

Chastity Brown: A Promising New Voice

On her breakout album Back-Road Highways, songwriter Chastity Brown combines the influences of her Southern upbringing and her adopted Minneapolis to dramatic effect. Brown's wrenching, heartfelt delivery will please fans of soul and vocal-driven pop, while the addition of banjo finds her exploring traditional Americana and expanding her sonic palette.

Brown has been active in the Twin Cities for a few years now, and in that time has shared bills with eclectic acts that range from hip-hop (No Bird Sing, Heiruspecs) to avant-indie rock (Hildur Victoria). Members of each of those groups comprise her backing band, which adds a lush and beautiful depth to her stirring compositions, and has further helped establish her presence as a solid live act. That she brought her band back home to Tennessee to record Back-Road Highways only further serves to illustrate that her roots run deep, and the record is an apt document of her enticing, ever-evolving sound.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Florence Welch appears in a scene from Florence and the Machine's new double-feature video for "Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

Florence And The Machine, 'Queen Of Peace/Long And Lost'

The dog days are over in the English powerhouse's gorgeous, mournful double-feature video.

Courtney Barnett performs at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The rising Australian rock star went electric and then some this weekend at Newport.

Listen Loading… 31:20
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/426710883/426713214" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Gregory Alan Isakov performs on the Woods Stage at Pendarvis Farm outside Portland, Ore. Drew Bandy/opbmusic.org hide caption

itoggle caption Drew Bandy/opbmusic.org

Favorite Sessions

Gregory Alan Isakov, 'Saint Valentine' (Live)

Watch a simple symphony of violin, banjo and voice, recorded live at Pickathon in Oregon.

Conor Oberst, Matt Baum and Landon Hedges of Desaparecidos during the band's record release show at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, NYC. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Mito Habe-Evans/NPR

Front Row

Desaparecidos, Live In Concert

Watch Conor Oberst's punk band put on an exhilarating, fist-pumping show at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium.

A scene from Krill's video for the song "Torturer." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

Krill, 'Torturer'

A mansion caretaker's isolation gives way to paranoia in the Boston band's surreal new video.

Back To Top