Favorite Sessions

Andy Palacio's Garifuna Music Lives On

KUT 90.5

Palacio, who died Jan. 19, was known as much for his music as for his impact on Belize and the promotion of its rich traditions and cultures. With Watina, he stripped down his music to connect more with the true sound of his home country. Hear an interview and performance.

Andy Palacio in Studio on KUT 5/25/07

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World Cafe

MeShell NdegeOcello: Complex and Provocative

XPN

NdegeOcello's name means "free like a bird," which describes her mix of funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, rock, and jazz — as well as lyrics that explore race, sex, gender, and more. NdegeOcello gives an interview and performance on WXPN.

MeShell Nedgéocello in Studio on World Cafe 1/31/08

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Video Sessions

The Klaxons: Piano-Pop in a 'New Rave'

The Current

The British press has credited The Klaxons with pioneering a genre called "new rave," which is really a mask for a heavy-handed dose of pop with a dance-punk kick. The band stopped by The Current to perform a version of its hit, "Golden Skans."

World Cafe

Richard Hawley: Sophisticated Pop

XPN

A guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Hawley is best known for his work in the U.K. bands Longpigs and Pulp. Now a versatile and charming solo artist, Hawley gives an interview and performance from WXPN.

Richard Hawley in Studio on World Cafe 1/30/08

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Jack Penate: South London Pop Flair

WNYC Radio

For the past year, the 23-year-old musician has been quickly building steam in the U.K. Fresh off the U.S. release of his debut album, Matinee, Penate visits WNYC for an interview and studio performance.

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Video Sessions

The Whigs Play The BPP

The Whigs are hailed as leading a return to All-American Rock. The band from Athens, Georgia, plays from their new album, Mission Control.

The Whigs Play Out of 'Control'

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From the Top

Plucked, Bowed, and Hammered Strings Onstage in Florida

This week's From the Top comes from Fort Pierce, Florida, where a Navajo guitarist from Utah plays Tarrega, a twelve-year-old Black-Belt pianist tackles Rachmaninoff, and a 'Six-Handed Monster' trio of pianos plays music from West Side Story. This show originally aired on May 16, 2007.

Plucked, Bowed, and Hammered Strings Onstage in Florida

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Favorite Sessions

A Morrissey Shirt Says a Lot About a Person

KEXP

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays pop music for sad sorts. Unlike the band's early, Belle & Sebastian-inspired work, its latest CD looks to the '70s, with a foot in darker lyrical territory. The Chicago band stopped by KEXP for a performance and a chat about Morrissey and songwriting.

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in Studio on KEXP 12/2/07

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World Cafe

Dan Wilson: From Semisonic to Solo

Dan Wilson is best known as the primary singer and songwriter for the Grammy-winning rock band Semisonic, though his collaboration with the Dixie Chicks also won him and the band many accolades. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.

Dan Wilson in Studio on World Cafe 1/29/08

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Music Articles

Saba's Somali Songs of Hybrid Identity

Born in Somalia to Italian and Ethiopian parents, the singer known as Saba grew up among several different cultural traditions in Italy. On her debut album, Jidka, she meditates on her African roots. Hear an interview and studio performance.

Saba's Somali Songs of Hybrid Identity

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