Wearing dark shades throughout its session at The Current, Glasvegas played with only two members for a sort of ambient-inspired folk sound. Wading through the strong Glasgow accents might be difficult for the untrained ear, but the music of Glasvegas connects the dots.
The Brooklyn band runs its own studio, where it records and holds underground shows. The Mugs recently brought an intriguing musical blend to KEXP's New York studio, where its members showed off their layered voices and horns.
After he was hit by a taxi he'd just left, Findlay Brown spent three months on a couch. As he rested with a cast on his leg, he began to download classic doo-wop and early-'60s rock 'n' roll. In a session from WFUV, Brown plays songs from his new Phil Spector-inspired album, Love Will Find You.
It's the tradition of jazz to interact with contemporary popular music, which is exactly what The Bad Plus does. Having just added rock singer Wendy Lewis to its lineup, the energetic jazz trio performs new standards from Nirvana and The Bee Gees in a session from Jazz24.
After more than a decade of jamming, improvising and experimenting with sound, Benevento has discovered his own way into music by combining the thrust of rock, the questing of jazz and the experimental ecstasy of jam. Hear his trio cover Deerhoof and Leonard Cohen in a session.
The Klezmatics' members are at the forefront of modern klezmer, always pushing the style in new directions. Playing at KEXP at the start of a weeklong tour of the Northwest, the Grammy-winning band performs a rousing set of songs that show off its diversity.
The Pretenders may have put Akron, Ohio, on the musical map, but The Black Keys' members belong to the next generation of hometown heroes. Dan Auerbach, the duo's guitarist and vocalist, is taking a step out on his own with the release of Keep It Hid, his solo debut. Here, he performs an in-studio session with WFUV.
On the eve of kicking off her Middle Cyclone tour, Case stopped by Austin, Texas, for some prime queso and an acoustic session at KUT. Joined by vocalist Kelly Hogan and guitarist Paul Rigby, Case shared how a piano orchestra crafted a Harry Nilsson cover, and then played it — minus the orchestra, of course.
For every big Nashville star, there are several musicians like Darrell Scott, who makes a good living standing one step outside of the spotlight. Before his performance at the Kent State Folk Festival, one of country music's most successful songwriters stopped by Folk Alley for a few songs and a conversation.
Foster starts out her KUT session by reaching back to her roots with a Sister Rosetta Tharpe song. It sets the mood for a soulful performance and conversation with the modern blues singer and guitarist, who looks beyond the folk tradition for which she's become known.