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Nick Vayenas: A Bout Of 'Synesthesia'

WBGO

The trombonist spends the majority of his time on the road, playing to sold out crowds around the world in Michael Buble's band. On his own, he writes futuristic-sounding instrumental jazz. Hear the promising young composer's works in a session from WGBO.

Nick Vayenas in Studio on WBGO

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Cory Chisel: Life In A Northern Town

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Appleton, Wis., provides a lot of material for Cory Chisel: It's the childhood home of Harry Houdini, and it's surrounded by small towns, bigger lakes, paper mills and vast stretches of rural landscape. The singer-songwriter plays music inspired by the seemingly normal town, and talks about a music scene that takes a lot of pride in itself.

Cory Chisel in Studio on WFUV 9/8/08

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Roberto Plano's Schubert Sensibility

WGBH Radio

Poetic young pianist Roberto Plano uncovers the layers of bittersweet emotion in a set of Impromptus written by Franz Schubert near the end of his short life. Plano performs for a live studio audience at WGBH in Boston.

Hear Plano Play Schubert In The WGBH Studio

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The Maldives: Country-Rock's Big Band

KEXP

Along with Fleet Foxes and the Moondoggies, The Maldives' members belong to a thriving Seattle roots-music scene. With nine people in its lineup, it's one of the area's biggest bands in more ways than one. The Maldives recently crammed into KEXP's studios to preview new material.

The Maldives in Studio on KEXP 7/10/08

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Dr. Dog Gets Down And Dirty In The Studio

KUT 90.5

Dr. Dog's songs combine sophisticated falsettos and well-placed harmonies that build to crescendos reminiscent of The Beach Boys. In a session from KUT's Studio 1A, the band performs selections from Fate and talks about what it means to get the right sound.

Dr. Dog in Studio on KUT 9/16/08

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Janis Ian: Behind Her Songs And Life

WKSU

By the time she was 16, Janis Ian already had a Grammy and a permanent place in the American consciousness. Her new autobiography shares the sometimes shocking stories behind her life and music. In a session from Folk Alley, she performs a cross section of her songs.

Janis Ian In Studio On Folk Alley

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Regina Spektor Returns To The Bronx

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Ever since the success of her hit "Fidelity," singer-songwriter Regina Spektor has attracted widespread attention for her smart, quirky, emotionally engaging music. In a session from WFUV, Spektor talks about growing up in the Bronx and performs some of her new music.

Regina Spektor in Studio on WFUV 7/28/08

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Extra Golden Plays 'Obama' Live In Studio

KEXP

Extra Golden is a unique group: a true collaboration of American and Kenyan musicians who play an original blend of Kenyan benga and American rock. On its extensive world tour, the quintet played its music and a traditional benga tune in a session recorded by KEXP.

Extra Golden in Studio on KEXP 6/24/08

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Elliott Brood: 'Death Country' At The Border

KEXP

It's every Canadian band's worst nightmare: On the way to KEXP in Seattle, the Toronto trio Elliott Brood got stuck at the border. It took the group two and a half hours to travel a quarter of a mile into the U.S. But once it got in, the band cranked out an adrenaline-fueled batch of punked-up country songs.

Elliott Brood in Studio on KEXP 9/22/08

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Gustavo Santaolalla: A Film Composer Finds His Roots

WBGO

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.

Gustavo Santaolalla in Studio on WBGO

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Neil Halstead: Warm, Inviting And Pastoral

KEXP

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.

Neil Halstead in Studio on KEXP 8/21/08

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Juliana Hatfield: Still Fiercely Independent

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Juliana Hatfield in Studio on WFUV 7/8/08

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Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Stays Humble

KNKX Public Radio

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.

Earl Klugh in Studio on Jazz24

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Amos Lee: Stories Behind 'The Lodge'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Amos Lee in Studio on WFUV 7/14/08

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T-Model Ford: Hear A Rousing Session With The Late Bluesman

KEXP

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.