An honest and seasoned performer, Mayfield has a real knack for poetry and powerful lyrics. At 19, the singer-songwriter already has a wealth of experience behind her. In a video session from Folk Alley, she performs two songs from her debut album.
When KEXP broadcast from Chicago this past summer, the station was turned on to a local gem. The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International brings rock- and jazz-trained American musicians together with Ghanian musicians in a cross-cultural throwdown. Hear the session.
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International in Studio on KEXP 7/18/08
The Rio de Janeiro-based, electronic-tinged "samba soul" practitioners visit WNYC's studios for a live performance and interview. Along the way, they show a Soundcheck producer her new favorite pizza place.
It was a short commute for Brooklyn's Little Jackie when it performed at the Bronx studios of WFUV. The band strips away Adam Pallin's lush production in this session with an acoustic guitar, percussion and back-up vocalists. Vocalist Imani Coppola even pulls out her violin on a Shangri-Las cover.
Normally, The Gaslight Anthem performs as a four-piece rock band, but in a session from KEXP, frontman Brian Fallon came alone with an acoustic guitar. Fallon opened up about his songs and what it means to abandon adolescence, both as a performer and as a person.
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem in Studio on KEXP 8/14/08
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.