If you like the Be Good Tanyas, you'll enjoy the bluesy, old timey sound of Po' Girl. The group features Allison Russell on clarinet and Be Good Tanyas founding member Trish Klein on banjo. Frazey Ford, another Tanyas member, sings backup.
CD: Po' Girl Song: "Wheels Are Taking Me Away" Label: Hightone Records
This Boston trio started off in the late '90s with a unique sound: two acoustic guitars and a set of bongos. Today they're more electrified, playing catchy, indie pop/rock on a relentless touring schedule.
CD: Keep It Together Song: "Amsterdam" Label: Palm
Violist Kim Kashkashian explores the contemporary music of Armenia with this composition by Tigran Mansurian - and the roots of this music - compositions by philosopher, theologist, and ethnomusicologist Komitas.
CD: Music of Tigran Mansurian and Komitas Song: "Havik" Label: ECM
Boris Kovac was born in 1955 in the Vojvodina region of northwest Yugoslavia. His work is strongly influenced by folk music from Hungary, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, and by Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavian war in the early '90s. His music is deeply spiritual, celebrating ideals like brotherly love and peace.
Boris Kovac and the Ladaaba Orchest
CD: Ballads at the End of Time Song: "Early Morning Waltz" Label: Piranha Musik