Studio SessionsMusicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.
The Philadelphia indie-pop band Dr. Dog filters classic rock and pop through a lo-fi slacker aesthetic that recalls Pavement or Guided by Voices and sounds both timeless and immediate. Dr. Dog's seventh album, Shame, Shame, was released in April. Hear the group perform music from the album.
KEXP's Morning Show host, John Richards, was on one coast. Electro-pop performer Alan Palomo was on the other, but you'd never know it by listening to this studio session. Hear Palomo and his band tear through a three-song set.
The New Jersey band's latest release, American Slang, proves it can tone it down and still stay true to its punk roots. Employing slower tempos, singer Brian Fallon lets his battered vocals shine with style and grace. Listen to the band's in-studio performance here.
Brooklyn songwriter Matthew Houck writes music perfect for the back porch. His new album, Here's to Taking It Easy, takes the outlaw vibe of Willie Nelson, dials back the twang just a bit, and finds the sweet spot between country and rock.
The Montreal indie-pop quintet is known for its keen sense of melodrama. Who knew its members were off-the-charts funny, too? Listen to the band perform in studio at WFUV, including a stunning version of "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead," then get increasingly giddy during an interview with host Rita Houston.
Neo-folk sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank are revered in their native England and count Radiohead and Portishead among their fans. The siblings bring their new group to the WXPN studios to play live versions of songs from their new album, Here's the Tender Coming.
Blending jazz, soul, Brazilian vocalese and classical, Spalding creates music with broad appeal. With Chamber Music Society, the bassist and composer harkens back to her classical music training with a string section.
It's hard to believe the Georgia jam band has been making music for almost 25 years. Fresh off a new album on Dave Matthews' record label, Widespread Panic files into the WXPN studios for an intimate performance.
It took almost nine years, but the experimental pop artist finally got around to recording a new album, Homeland. She discusses its multiple meanings with host David Dye and performs a song from the record.
Not yet 21, the British folk star recently earned her second Mercury Prize nomination, this time for her album I Speak Because I Can. Here, she brings her eerie English songs to WFUV's Studio A for an in-studio performance.
When she's not keeping a busy schedule of concerts, Midori has founded music education programs here and abroad -- and pursued some education herself, earning a master's degree in psychology. Hear the violinist play Bach, Hindemith and Brahms in the APM studio.
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WXPN's Michaela Majoun talks to Thorn about the real-life inspiration for her recent release, Love and Its Opposite. The disc is her second solo album after her band, Everything but the Girl, went on hiatus in 2000. The British singer-songwriter performs some of the new songs live on World Cafe.