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Liam Finn Strikes with 'Lightning'

KUT 90.5

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.

Liam Finn in Studio on KUT 3/15/08

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Nicholas Payton: A Different Kind of Blue

WBGO

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.

Nicholas Payton in Studio on WBGO 10/07

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The Helio Sequence: A Two-Man Wall of Sound

KEXP

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.

The Helion Sequence in Studio on KEXP 1/29/08

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Stars in Jorma Kaukonen's Crown

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Jorma Kaukonen in Studio on WFUV 1/16/08

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The Waybacks: Power Trio and a Fiddler

WKSU

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.

The Waybacks in Studio on Folk Alley

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Imogen Cooper: Beautiful Hands, Built for Bach

American Public Media

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.

Hear Imogen Cooper play Bach in the APM Studio

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Tierney Sutton Band: Happiness in Melancholy

KNKX Public Radio

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."

Tierney Sutton Band in Studio on KPLU

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British Sea Power: Rock in the Morning

KEXP

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.

British Sea Power in Studio on KEXP 3/4/08

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Sheryl Crow: Back to Basics in New Ways

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Sheryl Crow in Studio on WFUV 12/7/07

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Dvorak's 'American Quartet' Via St. Petersburg

WGBH Radio

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.

Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 "American"

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