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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.