Once described as "the only band to ever open for both The Grateful Dead and the Ramones," Cracker blends country, punk, psychedelia, folk and roots-rock to create a version of Americana that's as intoxicating as it is original.
Cracker in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 07/28/2006
Blending together an array of musical styles and influences, singer/guitarist Ben Harper has carved out an unusual and exciting 12-year career. Accompanied by his backing band The Innocent Criminals, Harper skillfully combines acoustic folk, blues, funk, soul and hard rock.
Fred Child, host of NPR's Performance Today, hosts an exclusive webcast from Festival del Sole, featuring pianist Piotr Anderszewski and violinist Nikolaj Znaider, with Stephane Deneve conducting the Russian National Orchestra.
Violinist Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys appear at the Aspen Music Festival, where they perform an assortment of Irish reels, Romanian folk tunes, Django Rhinehart swing, improvisations and more.
The Drive-By Truckers have been making bold, often epic southern rock since they first formed in Athens, Ga., a decade ago. Now on tour for their seventh album, the band visits the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. for a night of live music, webcast in its entirety on NPR.org.
The band attracted national attention when it joined a 2005 tour with Jack Johnson, who signed ALO to his label. Fly Between Falls finds the group experimenting with its sound, incorporating jazz, reggae, soul and even a little bit of Latin music.
Animal Liberation Orchestra in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 07/14/2006
Scottish singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch has risen to the top of the folk-pop genre by employing hushed, heartbreaking vocals in a style reminiscent of Nick Drake. His new album is titled Time Without Consequence.
Alexi Murdoch in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 07/07/2006
For more than 20 years, the alt-rock duo They Might Be Giants has been playing clever and contagious music for fans of all ages. Winning over college campuses and preschools simultaneously, TMBG has never compromised the quirky lyrics and eclectic sound for which it's loved.
They Might Be Giants in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 06/30/2006