SXSW Music Festival

Video: St. Vincent Rehearses For SXSW

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton visit a practice studio outside Austin, Texas, where Annie Clark and her band St. Vincent rehearsed for the South by Southwest music conference and festival. See video of St. Vincent performing two new songs from the group's upcoming album, Actor.

Favorite Sessions

Ruthie Foster: A Soulful 'Truth'

KUT 90.5

Foster starts out her KUT session by reaching back to her roots with a Sister Rosetta Tharpe song. It sets the mood for a soulful performance and conversation with the modern blues singer and guitarist, who looks beyond the folk tradition for which she's become known.

Ruthie Foster in Studio on KUT 1/26/09

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John Mellencamp, The Modern Mortal

Fresh Air

Long a standout purveyor of rootsy, direct "heartland" rock, Mellencamp is in the midst of a folksy, pessimistic streak on his new album. He speaks to host Terry Gross about the spare sound and dark themes of Life, Death, Love and Freedom.

John Mellencamp, The Modern Mortal

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World Cafe

Andrew Bird: Poetry Of Beauty And Biology

XPN

Wielding many instruments and a remarkable whistling ability, Bird has developed an offbeat marriage of classical and pop music over the course of his decade-long career. Describing his new album, Noble Beast, as a less electric effort, Bird still finds value in carefully chosen words.

Andrew Bird: Poetry Of Beauty And Biology

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Chris Ziemba On Piano Jazz

Buffalo native Christopher Ziemba is a young pianist and composer, currently honing his craft at the Eastman School of Music. He took the stage at age 7, and he's already performed at Carnegie Hall. Ziemba makes his Piano Jazz debut here, performing "Dream Dancing" and "The Nearness of You."

Chris Ziemba On Piano Jazz

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World Cafe

Antony And The Johnsons: Dark Cabaret

XPN

The power of Antony Hegarty's The Crying Light finds the minimalist bluesman exploring humanity's relationship to the world through melodramatic chamber-pop songs.

Antony & The Johnsons in Studio on World Cafe 3/26/09

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Classical Sessions

Auryn Quartet: Heavyweights In Boston

WGBH Radio

Haydn invented the string quartet. Then Beethoven boldly pushed it to brand-new places. Hear the Auryn Quartet play music by both composers at the WGBH radio studios.

Auryn Quartet: Heavyweights In Boston

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SXSW Music Festival

Video: Grandaddy's Jason Lytle At SXSW

Through the '90s, until the group disbanded in 2006, Grandaddy built a loyal audience by making beautifully orchestrated, neo-psychedelic space-pop. Former frontman Jason Lytle returns this year with his debut solo album, Yours Truly, The Commuter. He showcased some of his new songs for this NPR Music video session.

World Cafe

Annuals: Growing Up Can Be 'Such Fun'

XPN

The energetic indie-pop band's members were only 20 when their debut, Be He Me, was released in 2006. For their sophomore album, songwriter Adam Baker has discovered new depth, borrowing from ska, psychedelia and country on the colorful and appropriately named Such Fun.

Annuals in Studio on World Cafe 3/25/09

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Favorite Sessions

John Pizzarelli: Rodgers, Hart And The Gershwins, Too

KNKX Public Radio

Many say the Great American Songbook is coming back, but Pizzarelli says it never went away. Right off the bat, he scatted along to his lightning-fast guitar work on "I Got Rhythm," the popular Gershwin tune, in a session from Jazz24.

John Pizzarelli in Studio at KPLU 2/25/09

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