Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

Soul icon Bettye LaVette recently performed live on WFUV in New York City. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bettye LaVette: Open To Interpretation

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The soul icon burst back on to the scene this year with Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, on which she covers classic rock tracks. LaVette joins Claudia Marshall at WFUV to perform two songs from the record and discuss how the project came about.

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

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Nneka and her crew performed on Jon Kertzer's show, "The Best Ambiance," on KEXP in Seattle. Jim Beckmann hide caption

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Nneka: Soulful Sounds From Lagos

KEXP

The Nigerian singer opened for Nas and Damian Marley earlier this year, but she's now playing to her own large crowds. Nneka and her band join KEXP's Jon Kertzer for a studio session and interview.

Nneka In Studio at KEXP

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Dr. John: The Old Soul Of New Orleans

Jazz24

The unmistakable croak of Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. has been representing the Crescent City for more than 50 years. The singer, songwriter and pianist recently performed at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle and gave an emotional interview about the city he loves.

Dr. John In Studio at Jazz24

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Eyedea: A Life Cut Short

The Current

The St. Paul, Minn., rapper Eyedea, born Michael Larsen, died Saturday at 28. Listen to a studio session Larsen recorded with Minnesota Public Radio's The Current last year.

Eyedea: A Life Cut Short

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Van Dyke Parks, the man behind Brian Wilson's Smile, recently performed with Clare and the Reasons at WNYC. David Garland hide caption

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Van Dyke Parks: Cycling Back Around

WNYC Radio

The man behind Brian Wilson's legendary album Smile teams up with the Brooklyn chamber-rock band Clare and the Reasons for a special studio session as part of WNYC's Spinning on Air.

Clare And The Reasons And Van Dyke Parks In Studio At WNYC

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Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh performs in the KEXP studios in Seattle. Renata Steiner hide caption

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Kristin Hersh: Memoirs Of A Muse

KEXP

The Throwing Muses singer recently wrote Rat Girl, an autobiography about her life in the music industry. In this studio session from KEXP, Hersh intersperses readings from the book with acoustic performances of classics from both her own catalog and the Throwing Muses songbook.

Kristin Hersh In Studio at KEXP, 9/8/2010

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The Budos Band recently brought its raucous Afro-funk to KUT's studios in Austin. Kisha Bari hide caption

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The Budos Band: High-Octane Vintage Soul

KUT 90.5

Much has been made of the The Dap-Kings, Sharon Jones' soul-stirring backup band. Fans of that group would be wise to get to know its labelmate, The Budos Band. The Staten Island collective recently brought its Afro-funk sound to the studios of KUT in Austin.

The Budos Band: High-Octane Vintage Soul

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Rufus Reid peeps out from behind his bass during a studio session on WBGO's The Checkout. Josh Jackson hide caption

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Rufus Reid: The Evolving Bassist

WBGO

For more than four decades, Reid has cultivated that most precious commodity of instrumental music -- a personal identity and sonic imprint. Listen to the bassist and his trio perform music from Reid's new recording, Out Front, on WBGO's The Checkout.

Rufus Reid In Studio At WBGO, 6/22/2010

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Parisian artist Bibi Tanga and his Selenites recently performed on WNYC's Soundcheck. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bibi Tanga And The Selenites: Afro-Parisian Flair

WNYC Radio

WNYC's John Schaefer doesn't normally book bands on Soundcheck based on their MySpace pages. Thankfully, he took a chance with Tanga, a Paris-based son of a Central African Republic diplomat. Hear Tanga and his group perform three funky Afro-pop songs.

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The Mynabirds, led by Laura Burhenn (second from right), stopped by the KEXP studios in Seattle for a studio session. Renata Steiner hide caption

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The Mynabirds: Dusty In Omaha

KEXP

Laura Burhenn was part of the Washington, D.C. indie-pop duo Georgie James before relocating west. The move suited the shift in her own music, which was drawing more from country and soul music. KEXP's Cheryl Waters felt a strong Dusty Springfield when The Mynabirds visited the station.

The Mynabirds In Studio at KEXP, 07/15/2010

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Folksinger Sarah Harmer performs a studio session on WFUV in New York City. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sarah Harmer: Back From The Wilderness

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Canadian folk-pop singer has spent the last five years preoccupied with preserving her Ontario forests. Recently, she finally found some time to record her first album since 2005. Harmer visits WFUV in New York City to perform songs from Oh, Little Fire.

Sarah Harmer: Back From The Wilderness

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl (a.k.a. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) joined WNYC's David Garland for his weekly show, Spinning on Air. David Garland hide caption

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Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: Odd Charm

WNYC Radio

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl specialize in an intoxicating blend of avant-garde and pop sounds. Listen to live performances of songs from the duo's upcoming album, as well as an incredible interview with Spinning on Air host David Garland.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger In Studio at WNYC

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New Orleans staple Anders Osborne performs on WFUV. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The burly Crescent City musician visits WFUV in New York for a studio session and conversation with host Claudia Marshall.

Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero

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The Head and the Heart at KEXP's studios in Seattle. Caitlyn Mirete hide caption

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The Head And The Heart: Seattle's Next Big Band?

KEXP

These five twentysomethings got started last March at an open mic, and in a little more than a year have become one of Seattle's most talked-about indie-rock acts. KEXP's Hannah Levin interviews the band and hosts a studio session on the station's local music show, Audioasis.

The Head And The Heart In Studio At KEXP, 7/17/2010

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Sam Bush: New Grass Revivalist

Folk Alley

The Kentucky state legislature recently deemed Bush the founding father of modern bluegrass, or "newgrass." The living legend recently stopped by Folk Alley for an interview and studio performance.