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The Versatile Musicality of Dave Peck

KNKX Public Radio

The pianist has performed with legends such as Chet Baker and Lee Konitz and earned accolades from Pacific Northwest jazz publications. His playful variations and improvisations are often compared to Bill Evans. Hear an interview and performance recorded by KPLU.

Dave Peck in Studio on KPLU

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Eliza Gilkyson and a Dog Named 'Tootsie'

WKSU

The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. Hear the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter in an interview and performance from Folk Alley.

Eliza Gilkson in Studio on Folk Alley

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The New Pornographers: Acoustic 'Showstopper'

KEXP

After three albums of energetic power-pop, Vancouver band The New Pornographers slows it down with Challengers. The group performs an acoustic set at the KEXP studios and tells host Cheryl Waters how it "flailed" through writing the new album.

The New Pornographers: Acoustic 'Showstopper'

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An Acoustic 'Moneymaker' from Rilo Kiley

KUT 90.5

In this live performance at KUT, the band performs a few songs and discusses its ascent from independent cult success to full-on pop stardom. Hear acoustic versions of songs from Rilo Kiley's new album, Under the Blacklight.

Rilo Kiley in Studio on KUT 10/25/07

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The Bad Plus Gets a Positive 'Prog'-nosis

WBGO

The Bad Plus' members bring comedy to their not-quite-jazz music, but they're also serious musicians. The trio records mainstream popular standards and '70s progressive rock with a sense of drama. Hear an interview and in-studio performance recorded by WBGO.

The Bad Plus in Studio on WBGO

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Joe Henry Returns to His Roots

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The singer, songwriter and producer's latest solo album, Civilians, returns to his rootsier sounds. It's a great complement to Mary Gauthier's new album, which Henry produced; she joins him on one song in this interview and studio performance from WFUV.

Hear an interview and performance from WFUV

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Animal Collective Sets off the Fireworks

KEXP

Animal Collective began by intersecting folk, noise, ambient drone and psychedelic music into an intriguing, sometimes frustrating mess. The band has progressed to a unified sound, but remains rooted in melody and weirdness. Hear an interview and performance from KEXP.

Animal Collective in Studio on KEXP 9/14/07

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A Sneak Peak of Karrin Allyson's Brazilian Jazz

KNKX Public Radio

One of the most impressive jazz singers to emerge from the '90s, Karrin Allyson continues to wow audiences with her expressive voice. Her latest album, Footprints, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Hear an interview and performance recorded by KPLU.

Pepe Romero and the Art of the Spanish Guitar

WGBH Radio

Pepe Romero is from the distinguished Romero family of guitarists from Spain, called "The Royal Family of the Guitar." In the WGBH studio, Romero plays music from his homeland and recalls waking each morning as a child to the sounds of his father's guitar.

Hear Pepe Romero in the WGBH studio

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Christopher O'Riley: Transcribing the Pop World

American Public Media

The adventurous pianist is a throwback to classical musicians of the past who blurred the line between classical and popular music. O'Riley, inspired by his favorite pop artists such as Radiohead, transforms their songs into intricate piano solos.