Choc Quib Town, a hip-hop act from Colombia's Pacific coast, mixes in marimba and other traditional instruments with turntables and keyboards, creating a world beat-infused sound. In a session from KUT, the joy they bring to their craft is evident and infectious.
Though only 22, Stratton already has a considerable repertoire under his belt as he gets to work on his third album. Here, the singer-songwriter plays intimate, delicate folk music in a live session for WNYC's Spinning on Air. The performance as a whole is available to stream, and Stratton has also opted to release the live set as a free downloadable EP.
El Perro Del Mar, a.k.a. Sarah Assbring, is a Swedish singer-songwriter with a knack for ending relationships right around the time she starts to write her albums. Her latest record, 2009's Love Is Not Pop, finds her once again dealing with the pitfalls of romance under a bed of swirling indie-pop.
In this session for WXPN's World Cafe, Veirs plays songs from her latest album, July Flame She also sits down to talk about the album, her first on her own Raven Marching Band label, with guest host Tracey Tanenbaum.
The young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has cultivated a deep connection to Chopin's music. Five years ago, at age 20, he swept all the awards at the International Chopin competition. Host Fred Child finds out how he did it, and asks him to play a Chopin Mazurka or two.
Day three at SXSW 2010 began with a video shoot at the historic Driskill hotel with Admiral Radley, the newly formed band featuring Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy, and Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart.