Earle's marriage to Allison Moorer two years ago and his move to New York City have resulted in Washington Square Serenade, which the roots-rock icon calls a collection of love songs to his wife and his new home. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.
Les Savy Fav plays loud, angular, hard-hitting rock. The oft-shirtless Tim Harrington writhes, screams, and whispers his educated and poetic lyrics at the audience as if he's possessed. Somehow, this all translates into a funny and chaotic in-studio performance on KEXP.
The language of jazz has many poets. Drummer Kendrick Scott is one of the genre's most promising young wordsmiths. The 2008 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award-winner gives a performance with his group, Oracle, and an interview with WBGO.
For five years, Down Beat has named Joey DeFrancesco the industry's top jazz organist. In addition to enjoying a successful solo career, he's also played in bands with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, and Pat Martino, to name a few. Hear an interview and a solo performance from KPLU.
Sharon Jones does not hold back. She ranges vocally from smooth, soulful funk to a brazen belt, and she can out-dance almost anyone, having been raised part gospel soul-stirrer, part James Brown disciple. Hear the queen of funk in a high-energy session recorded by KEXP.
The Jupiter String Quartet has been playing together for just seven years, but it's already racked up an impressive collection of awards. The group takes music by Benjamin Britten to the WGBH studios in Boston.
Educated at the same school that spawned Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, Mike Moreno took his guitar to New York. He's put in his time with Joshua Redman and Terence Blanchard, and now sets out on his own. Hear the guitarist in an interview and performance from WBGO.
Palacio, who died Jan. 19, was known as much for his music as for his impact on Belize and the promotion of its rich traditions and cultures. With Watina, he stripped down his music to connect more with the true sound of his home country. Hear an interview and performance.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays pop music for sad sorts. Unlike the band's early, Belle & Sebastian-inspired work, its latest CD looks to the '70s, with a foot in darker lyrical territory. The Chicago band stopped by KEXP for a performance and a chat about Morrissey and songwriting.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in Studio on KEXP 12/2/07