Front Row

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: NPR Front Row

"No Need for a Leader," from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's recent album II, is the song that really drew me into the band's recent concert at Washington, D.C.'s Rock and Roll Hotel, recorded live on Feb. 27. A cocktail of riff-rock and Black Sabbath-style psychedelia, it's a tremendous introduction to the trio, which began as a solo project for frontman Ruban Nielsen.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been touring all over the world, as it makes its way through Nielsen's home country of New Zealand, his adopted hometown of Portland, Ore., and many points in between. If the band comes your way, grab some earplugs and have a ball.

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Editor: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo; Special Thanks: Rock and Roll Hotel; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats perform live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Dustin Downing/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption Dustin Downing/KCRW

Favorite Sessions

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, 'S.O.B.'

KCRW

The band gives a rousing, soulful performance of "S.O.B." live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Blind Pilot performs live in the opbmusic studio. David Christensen/opbmusic hide caption

toggle caption David Christensen/opbmusic

Favorite Sessions

Blind Pilot, 'Joik #3' (Live)

opbmusic.org

The Oregon band plays a reflective, striking tribute to Israel Nebeker's father live for opbmusic.

Local Natives perform live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Brian Lowe/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption Brian Lowe/KCRW

Favorite Sessions

Local Natives, 'Villainy' (Live)

KCRW

The quintet performed a love letter to Los Angeles on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Julien Baker performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Julien Baker, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Baker's ragged-edged voice and ringing Telecaster were all it took to win over the Newport audience.

Julien Baker, Live In Concert

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488354526/488544443" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

From left: Rebecca Lovell, Elvis Costello, Glen Hansard, Conor O'Brien and Megan Lovell at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Josh Wool for Newport Folk Festival hide caption

toggle caption Josh Wool for Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival

Elvis Costello, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Hear Costello perform with several special guests, including Glen Hansard and Middle Brother.

Elvis Costello, Live At Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487843423/487843997" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top