New Zealand singer-songwriter Liam Finn is known to bring along an arsenal of electronics to perform as a one-man band. But in a session on KUT, Finn brings only himself, a guitar, and vocalist Eliza Jane Barnes for a laid-back performance and interview.
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton shares three songs from his latest CD, Into the Blue. The New Orleans native talks jazz and what it means to resonate. The new songs show a creative musician who knows himself, and bandmates who understand each other.
When The Helio Sequence set up in KEXP's studio with just one guitar, one drum kit, and two microphones, few expected such a full sound to emerge. Many challenges faced the band as it made Keep Your Eyes Ahead, yet its end result on CD and in the studio reveal focus and power.
In 1965, Kaukonen's acid-rock guitar playing in Jefferson Airplane helped define the West Coast psychedelic-rock scene. In recent years, however, he's turned his attention to traditional Americana. In a session from WFUV, Kaukonen talks about his history in rock 'n' roll.
The Waybacks grew out of electric guitarist James Nash's desire to try playing acoustic music. Not content to play only bluegrass melodies, his band draws from jazz, swing, folk, and even classical music for inspiration. In a session from Folk Alley, the band is eager to share its new direction.
For decades, British pianist Imogen Cooper has built a solid reputation on the romantic music of Schumann and Schubert. Now she enters a new era, inspired--and awestruck--by the keyboard music of Bach.
Tierney Sutton may have had a cold in the studio during this performance and interview from KPLU, but it's hard to tell. The L.A.-based jazz vocalist lays down minor-key versions of otherwise "happy" songs, including a haunting cover of "You Are My Sunshine."
British Sea Power has a reputation for insane live performances, yet the band was working on only two hours of sleep when it came into KEXP. Supporting the new album Do You Like Rock Music?, the sextet showed no signs of slowing down on this set of anthemic rockers.
Crow reunited with producer Bill Bottrell for Detours to recapture the sound once heard on her breakthrough album, Tuesday Night Music Club. The Grammy-winning singer gives an interview and performance with 'Words & Music from Studio-A' host Rita Houston.
The members of the St. Petersburg String Quartet reminisce about the good old days of Soviet government support of the arts, and give an intimate performance of Dvorak's "American" Quartet at Boston's WGBH radio studio.