Gustavo Santaolalla is perhaps best known for his film scores in Brokeback Mountain and The Motorcycle Diaries. Now, the Academy Award-winner has gone back to his roots as a musician. In a session from WBGO, Santaolalla talks about his film music and plays a lute-like instrument solo.
Halstead has gone from making warm, fuzzy, distorted noise in Slowdive to dusty Americana in Mojave 3. Now on his own, he plays music with a stunning yet carefree style. Here, he shares his acoustic sound in a session from KEXP.
Hatfield has worked with Blake Babies, The Lemonheads and the trio that shares her name, and she's been a prominent player in projects such as TV's My So-Called Life and The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Here, she shares new music and her thoughts on publishing in a session from WFUV.
Starting out in saxophonist George Benson's band as a teenager, guitarist Earl Klugh has found nothing but success since then. With just a nylon-string guitar, the Grammy-winning Klugh treated Jazz24 to solo guitar treatments of two jazz standards and an original.
With just a guitar and his voice at WFUV's Studio-A, Amos Lee shows off a new approach to the songs from his latest album, Last Days at the Lodge. Lee injects his love of soul music into his singer-songwriter fare and shares the stories behind the music.
Legendary bluesman T-Model Ford plays on his own terms. Now in his 80s, Ford has seen all the life you could see, and even spent years on a chain gang for killing a man. So when T-Model Ford yells, "Jack Daniel time!" in this session from KEXP, you know he's going to follow through on a hefty swig.
Sometimes the best moment of an in-studio performance is the soundcheck. To warm up, Calexico riffed on a Pavement cover for 15 spooky minutes before offering up two very different versions of songs from the Tucson band's new album, Carried to Dust.
Calling Stephin Merritt a reluctant performer is putting it lightly. Nevertheless, the Magnetic Fields leader bellied up to a microphone by himself in a KEXP session. Here, he surveys his expansive catalog and answers questions in the deadpan style that makes his songs so great.
Joseph Arthur is a versatile and prolific rocker. In addition to playing music, his humanitarian efforts have helped bring art, music and more to children in Northern Uganda refugee camps. For all his sterling credentials, Arthur remains easygoing and casual in this session on WFUV.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein was born into a musical family with a love for chamber music. Her passionate performance of Chopin's Cello Sonata at WGBH is the sign of a young musician well on her way to a major career.