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Delbert McClinton: No Slowing Down

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

McClinton is full of surprises. Despite his towering stature in the blues business and his naughty-but-nice musical persona, in person he's compact, quiet and relaxed. In a session from WFUV, he belts out a powerful performance that'd drain a man half his age.

Delbert McClinton In Studio On WFUV 11/16/09

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Darwin's Theories, Speaking Musically

American Public Media

Hear the genre-busting Turtle Island Quartet perform a new composition called Tree of Life, in the Performance Today studio. Inspired by Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and written by Turtle Island's leader, David Balakrishnan, the music encompasses a wide range of cultural references.

Darwin's Theories, Speaking Musically

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Fool's Gold: Afro-Hebrew Dance Music

KEXP

The L.A. band Fool's Gold has really gotten off the ground in 2009. The group's sound is firmly planted in popular African styles, including the guitar music of Congolese rumba, Tuareg desert-blues and '70s Ethiopian soul, among others. Hear the Hebrew-language Afro dance band in a session from KEXP.

Fool's Gold In Studio On KEXP 10/12/09

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Florence And The Machine: Bold And Burning

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Florence Welch is a fashionable, artistic character with a big voice and beauty and charm to burn. In a session from WFUV, Welch gives an acoustic performance of her otherwise lush songs and talks about the movie The Little Mermaid.

Florence And The Machine In Studio On WFUV 5/5/09

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Holiday Music

Winterbloom: Rethinking Holiday Music

WKSU

Winterbloom isn't a traditional "group" so much as an ongoing event in which four talented, Boston-area singer-songwriters bond over holiday music. In a session, Winterbloom doesn't sing about Rudolph and Frosty, but instead plays contemporary folk songs about the world during Christmas and the darkness of winter.

Winterbloom In Studio On Folk Alley

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Sara Serpa: Wordless Jazz Improvisation

WBGO

Serpa was a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston when she was pulled into the jazz world in a big way by saxophonist Greg Osby. In a session from WBGO, the Lisbon-born vocalist sings two originals and gives her own unique twist on the fado.

Session Spotlight: Sara Serpa Performs 'Sem Raz√£o'

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The Swell Season: 'Joy' At The Triple Door

KEXP

As a way of thanking its supporters, KEXP brought Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season to the Triple Door in Seattle. Without a band, the duo gave an intimate performance that showcased its deeply personal songwriting, including a new song and a blazing cover of Tim Buckley's "Buzzin' Fly."

The Swell Season In Concert On KEXP 10/22/09

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Eldar Salutes His Elders With 'Virtue'

KNKX Public Radio

On a wet, chilly October afternoon, the prodigiously talented young jazz pianist Eldar visited the KPLU performance studio in Seattle. He immediately warmed everyone up with his outgoing personality and stunning solo piano work.

Eldar In Studio On KPLU 10/27/09

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Classical Sessions

Till Fellner's Journey With Beethoven

WGBH Radio

The young Viennese native is on tour, playing all 32 of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Hear Fellner at the WGBH studio, in Boston, where he plays the lyrical "pastoral" sonata and the cheerful Sonata No. 25.

Hear Till Fellner Play Beethoven At WGBH

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The Heavy: Sweaty British Soul

KEXP

Packing KEXP's studio with a wall of sound, The Heavy performs four gritty, funk- and soul-infused garage-rockers. Fronted by versatile singer Kelvin Swaby, the British band kept the walls vibrating, even after it left.

The Heavy In Studio On KEXP 10/30/09

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