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As a founder of NRBQ, Terry Adams raucously blended blues, country, jazz, pop and rock from the 1960s until 2004. His new band maintains a hint of the NRBQ ethos, but performs Adams' solo work, as well as rock standards.
Terry Adams Rock And Roll Quartet In Studio On World Cafe 7/30/09
The young Israeli pianist has impressive technique, as well as a depth of insight that's rare for a 25-year-old. Kohlberg digs deep into the tangled mind and music of Robert Schumann for a studio audience at WGBH in Boston.
In a session from KEXP, Au Revoir Simone's members set the record straight: Their band name is a Pee-Wee's Big Adventure reference. They are from Brooklyn, not France. With that out of the way, the all-keyboard trio performs sweet melodies from its self-released album.
Throughout Hicks' 40-year career, his eclectic persona, wily wit and quirky combination of cowboy-folk and country-swing music have endeared him to many, including legends such as as Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. Now, after an eight-year absence, Hicks has released a new album, Tangled Tales.
British sensation Keane has built a worldwide audience for its infectious piano-rock hits. The band's new record, Perfect Symmetry, rounds out a trio of acclaimed releases, while revealing a departure from the group's characteristic sound with the introduction of synthesizers and electric guitar.
The Hot Club of Detroit is a jazz quintet that takes its inspiration from the legendary Gypsy-jazz juggernaut the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Guitarist Evan Perry follows in the footsteps of Hot Club originator Django Reinhardt, and he leads his Motor City incarnation of the group in two Reinhardt classics, "Coquette" and "Nuages."
WFUV's New York City home is more than a thousand miles from New Orleans. But on a recent fine day, a favorite son of the Crescent City brought his city's sounds to the station's Studio-A piano. Throughout the session, pianist Allen Toussaint led the way down through the different "musics" of New Orleans.
The former leader of Booker T and the MGs has been jamming for nearly four decades, paving the way for countless forms of funk and soul music. The organist's latest album, Potato Hole, is his first solo release in 20 years.
At the head of the '60s and '70s soul revival is a six-man collective of hip-hop, funk, and gritty soul influences - The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams. The sextet produced their debut in November and critics have been praising its daring hybrid style and the pure soul so evident in every one of the seven songs.
Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves has been writing meaningful music for many years, but his new album (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away) is a game-changer. Cleaves recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A to share some of his new songs.
Slaid Cleaves Performs In Studio 1a For KUT 7/17/09