Music Videos Watch new music videos and live NPR studio sessions featuring top musicians. Discover songs and listen online. NPR covers the best pop, rock, urban, jazz, folk, blues, world, and classical music.
Frannie Kelley/NPR

David Dondero

He should be a name everyone knows by now. Instead, troubadour David Dondero returned to NPR having slept the night before in his car. Dondero travels from club to club, singing his well-crafted songs — songs that have his signature lyrics at their core. His lyrics can make you smile with their wit and hurt with their bite, all at the same time. Watch Dondero perform his well-crafted songs at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music offices.

Janis Ian: Behind Her Songs And Life

WKSU

By the time she was 16, Janis Ian already had a Grammy and a permanent place in the American consciousness. Her new autobiography shares the sometimes shocking stories behind her life and music. In a session from Folk Alley, she performs a cross section of her songs.

Janis Ian In Studio On Folk Alley

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/96866974/96855580" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rachael Yamagata Writes To Overcome

The singer-songwriter's newest project is a double album focusing on two different parts of her personality. Elephants is contemplative, while Teeth Sinking Into Heart is upbeat, rhythmic and fun.

Rachael Yamagata Writes To Overcome

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/95971924/95971917" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Homework: Odd Musical Instruments

Last week, host Andrea Seabrook asked listeners to send in home recordings and photographs of their oddest musical instrument. The responses were eclectic, and some were indeed strange. Here is a smattering of some of the more interesting instrument descriptions from listeners.

Homework: Odd Musical Instruments

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/95100172/95149159" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Christopher O'Riley's Bad Plus Epiphany

O'Riley enjoys his Bach and Beethoven, but he's also a serious fan of pop music and jazz: He's recorded piano arrangements of songs by Radiohead and Nick Drake. O'Riley's latest passion is the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus.

Thao Nguyen. NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen makes captivating music. Her songs are raw and infectious, her voice has a distinctive swagger, and she's a nimble guitarist. She stopped by NPR's offices to give an intimate performance.

Smog's Bill Callahan Bares His 'Whaleheart'

KUT 90.5

When Bill Callahan (a.k.a. Smog) came to KUT to promote the release of 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart, he brought members of Shearwater to back him up. His performance was hopeful, big and explicitly in touch with his influences.

Bill Callahan in Studio on KUT 5/16/07

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/94196395/94194325" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

American Rapper Eli Sweet Reflects On China

Atlanta native Eli Sweet moved to Chengdu, China, nearly two years ago to improve his Chinese and discover a new way of life. The energetic American raps in underground clubs with Chinese hip-hop artists. He says he encounters "an endless stream of adventure."

Amos Lee At The Studio 4A 'Lodge'

Before pursuing a career in music, Lee was a Philadelphia schoolteacher. Then he started going to open-mic nights with a car stereo full of classic R&B records. He recently brought his folky, soulful style to NPR headquarters for a solo performance.

Amos Lee At The Studio 4A 'Lodge'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/92691367/92705070" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lang Lang: A Life In Music, So Far

Coming from meager beginnings in middle-class China, the 26-year-old superstar pianist describes his drive to be the best in the world — and the struggles along the way — in his new autobiography, Journey of a Thousand Miles.

Lang Lang: A Life In Music, So Far

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/92585171/92602949" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript