Pocket Narratives from the Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats' early albums were recorded on a boombox and released on cassette tapes. While their production values have changed, their evocative, pocket-narrative lyrics are the same. Members of the band join Linda Wertheimer for an interview and performance.

Pocket Narratives from the Mountain Goats

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Yundi Li Performs Chopin

In 2000, pianist Yundi Li took the gold medal at the Warsaw International Chopin Competition, becoming the first pianist in 15 years to be deemed worthy of the top prize. The young musician performs Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in NPR's Studio 4A.

Fast-Paced Jazz Piano in the Key of Eldar

Pianist Eldar Djangirov plays like a seasoned jazz artist, but he's just 18 years old. He moved to Kansas City from his native Kyrgyzstan in 1998, drawn in part by the city's jazz history. He recently stopped by NPR's Studio 4A to talk to Liane Hansen about his music and rattle the keyboard.

Fast-Paced Jazz Piano in the Key of Eldar

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Mike Doughty: The Making of the Small Rock

Singer-Songwriter Mike Doughty begins the first day of his self-proclaimed 'Small Rock World Tour' by taking caller questions and performing songs from his new album Haughty Melodic at NPR's Washington studios. Doughty is the former frontman for the group Soul Coughing.

Mike Doughty: The Making of the Small Rock

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Piano Phenom Lang Lang Performs Mozart, Liszt

Pianist Lang Lang exploded onto the classical music scene when he was only 17. Today, the 22-year-old Chinese native is an international musical star known for his explosive showmanship and extraordinary technical skill. He performs music by Mozart and Liszt in Studio 4A.

Piano Phenom Lang Lang Performs Mozart, Liszt

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Pat Metheny: Live and on 'The Way Up'

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny stops by NPR's Washington studios for an hour of live music. Metheny, on tour for his latest CD, The Way Up, talks with John Ydstie and callers about his approach to songwriting. Metheny's new album is a single, long piece divided into four parts.

Pat Metheny: Live and on 'The Way Up'

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Chien Tan on the Treble Violin

Robert Siegel sits down with violinist Chien Tan for a performance and chat. Tan plays the violin with the Oregon Symphony; she is also one of just a handful of people playing the treble violin, an instrument about the size of a "quarter-size" standard violin and plays an octave higher.

Chien Tan on the Treble Violin

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Music Articles

Mia Doi Todd: 'Manzanita'

Music critic Chris Douridas of member station KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., reviews Manzanita, the latest release from musician Mia Doi Todd.

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In Performance

The Shanghai Quartet, from Cinema to Studio

In the Woody Allen film Melinda and Melinda, the Shanghai Quartet briefly plays the Pizzicato Movement of Bartok's Fourth Quartet. For a full performance, they join Fred Child in NPR's Studio 4A.

The Shanghai Quartet, from Cinema to Studio

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In Performance

Cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott Performs Bach

In just a few years, Daniel Mueller-Schott, 28, has succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most in-demand cellists in the world. The musician performs a bit of Bach in NPR's Studio 4A.

Cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott Performs Bach

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