Despite his high profile and popularity in the industry, the former Jayhawks singer-songwriter has a low-key, almost shy demeanor. The alt-country pioneer performs songs from his first solo CD, Vagabonds, in an interview and performance on WFUV.
Bonneville's songs are full of characters who stumble their way through a rough-and-tumble world of violence, hope, and despair. In four videos from Folk Alley, Bonneville stomps his cowboy boots on a piece of wood and tells his stories.
It's been called "repellent," "joyous," and "the most advanced piece of music anyone could think of." Hear Beethoven's Grosse Fuge played by the adventurous Borromeo String Quartet in the studios of WGBH in Boston.
The Avett Brothers' members aren't all brothers, but it's hard to tell from their close musical kinship. In a session on KEXP, the band talks about breaking out on its seventh album and growing up in punk and hardcore bands. It also performs two new songs.
Julian is cleverly disguised as a sensitive singer-songwriter: He's a white guy with an acoustic guitar. In fact, he's a true soul singer and an astonishing storyteller in the vein of Randy Newman or Paul Simon. Hear an interview and performance from WFUV.
Cuadrado is a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a musicians' collective determined to make the pieces of a fragmented industry fit together. In an interview and performance from WBGO, Cuadrado and his Puzzles Quartet play music from a new independent release.
In a session from KPLU, blues guitarist Tab Benoit plays through a couple songs all by his lonesome, yet manages to conjure an entire band all his own. Benoit also talks about creating "Voice of the Wetlands," a group that raises awareness about the importance of Louisiana's natural resources.
In a session recorded by KEXP, the inventive art-pop band performed two new songs it's been testing on the road, as well as a few old favorites. Begun as an art-rock solo project for songwriter Sam Simkoff, Le Loup now includes seven members he found online.
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."