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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.