In this riveting and heartfelt performance from Mellow Johnny's at SXSW, Bradley is possessed by the spirit of James Brown. Hear Bradley's performance from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop for KEXP, recorded in Austin, Texas.
Philadelphia-based pianist and composer Orrin Evans brought 16 other musicians to the WBGO studios — and that represents less than half of the rotating cast of the jazz orchestra he organizes. Hear their session from Newark, N.J.
Normally, London's Morcheeba sounds quite a bit like Portishead or Massive Attack, who make music using samplers and sequencers. In this WFUV studio session, Morcheeba takes a different approach by breaking out the acoustic guitars and piano to reconstruct its songs.
Over the past year, Messersmith's visits to The Current have been special. After assembling a roster of some of the Twin Cities' most gifted musicians, Messersmith performs three songs from his latest album, The Reluctant Graveyard, in this studio session.
On the eve of this studio session, Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty (a.k.a. Macklemore) and his producer had just sold out three nights. Performing with passion and energy, Macklemore filled the studio with gleeful energy.
The Indian-American jazz pianist has a new trio with carnatic guitarist Prasanna and tabla player Nitin Mitta. It's spurred an organic, unforced conversation between jazz improvisation and South Asian traditions. "It just felt good," Iyer says.
The Rhode Island band The Low Anthem recorded its latest album, Smart Flesh, in an abandoned pasta sauce factory. Flesh is full of haunting, brooding Americana played on various vintage instruments. Hear the quartet play songs from their most recent album in a studio session with WFUV.