Jessica Lea Mayfield: Ahead Of Schedule

WKSU

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.

Jessica Lea Mayfield in Studio on Folk Alley

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Occidental Brothers: African Highlife In Chicago

KEXP

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

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Brazilians Kassin+2, Plus Italian Pizza

WNYC Radio

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.

Kassin +2 in Studio at WNYC - 12/05/2008

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On 'The Stoop': Little Jackie Unplugged

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Little Jackie in Studio on WFUV 9/11/08

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Brian Fallon: The Gaslight Anthem Unplugs

KEXP

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

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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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Classical Sessions

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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