When the San Francisco-based funk-soul band Orgone came to the KEXP studios in Seattle, the group had listeners everywhere dancing in their cubicles. Among original funk songs led by guitar wizard Sergio Rios, Orgone also performed covers by Isaac Hayes and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
With more than 500 tunes to his name, John Darnielle can't be accused of slacking. But when the man behind The Mountain Goats visited the WNYC studios, Darnielle (a prolific songwriter, former nurse, heavy metal expert, and author) showed off his many talents.
The Mountain Goats in Studio on Soundcheck - 03/11/2008
On her latest self-titled CD, versatile Canadian jazz vocalist Holly Cole explores the theme of self-deception. Her song choices reflect lyrics that deal with implication instead of literal statements. In an interview and performance on KPLU, Cole shares songs that say a lot between the lines.
Among her fans, the Australian singer Sia is known for her powerful delivery — and her "general goofiness." As she prepared to release her new album, she visited WFUV for an interview and in-studio performance.
As a member of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore has influenced tastes, celebrated little-known avant-garde musicians and crafted a prolific career. At KEXP's studio, Moore and violinist Samara Lubelski perform stripped-down songs from his latest solo album, Trees Outside the Academy.
The musicians play a variety of traditional instruments (and some that aren't so traditional) when they stop by Folk Alley. With a cardboard salt-shaker and a radio host singing backup, the band acquits itself nicely. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.
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.