Palacio, who died Jan. 19, was known as much for his music as for his impact on Belize and the promotion of its rich traditions and cultures. With Watina, he stripped down his music to connect more with the true sound of his home country. Hear an interview and performance.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays pop music for sad sorts. Unlike the band's early, Belle & Sebastian-inspired work, its latest CD looks to the '70s, with a foot in darker lyrical territory. The Chicago band stopped by KEXP for a performance and a chat about Morrissey and songwriting.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in Studio on KEXP 12/2/07
Iron and Wine recorded its latest CD, The Shepherd's Dog, in Beam's new home studio outside of Austin, Tex. On record, it's full of dense arrangements, but on this studio session from KUT, Beam performs solo, including the old favorite "Sodom, South Georgia."
Growing up on the sounds of Nat "King" Cole, the brothers Valleau play a musical style inspired by swing and '40s jazz. With musical parents, they learned a variety of instruments and learned to become resourceful in the middle of Alberta, Canada. Hear an interview and performance.
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life Band brings a combination of progressive jazz, spoken word, and Afro-funk to WBGO. Hear the rising jazz star play two live performances from Open Reel Deck, as well as an "untitled" quartet debut.
The self-described "Upper West Side Soweto" band Vampire Weekend mixes clean-cut indie-rock with the rhythms of Afro-pop. Just about the time the blog hype began to pick up steam in the summer of 2007, the group stopped by KEXP for an interview and performance.
At their first rehearsal, pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse felt like they had been performing together for years. Hear the seasoned duo in the studio, playing a set of new rags and passionate music by Carl Maria von Weber.
Sharon Jones has great talent and a great story. The "queen of funk" has faced music honchos and wildly shifting music trends, but has more than earned her nickname. Hear Jones and her band, The Dap-Kings, in an interview and performance from WFUV.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings in Studio on Words & Music from Studio-A
Sara Gazarek's latest CD combines a singer-songwriter's mentality with jazz improvisation. It features arrangements of contemporary songs by Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney and Gillian Welch among originals. Hear an interview and performance.
Drawing from frontman Zach Condon's time spent in Paris with busking musicians, Beirut's albums, particularly 2007's The Flying Club Cup, effortlessly blend Western and Eastern European styles. Hear the band give an interview and in-studio performance.