Gary Louris: Sideman in the Spotlight

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Gary Louris in Studio on WFUV 4/2/08

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Ray Bonneville: True-to-Life Troubadour

WKSU

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.

Ray Bonneville in Studio on Folk Alley

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The Joy and Pain in Beethoven's Big Fugue

WGBH Radio

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 Joy and Pain in Beethoven's Big Fugue

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The Avett Brothers: Beyond Blood

KEXP

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.

The Avett Brothers in Studio on KEXP 4/11/08

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Richard Julian: Stealth Soul Singer

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Richard Julian in Studio on WFUV

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Alexis Cuadrado: Jazz from the Underground

WBGO

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.

Alexis Cuadrado in Studio on WBGO 1/15/08

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Tab Benoit: One Foot in the Bayou

KNKX Public Radio

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.

Tab Benoit in Studio on KPLU 2007

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Le Loup Unleashes a Studio 'Celebration'

KEXP

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.

Le Loup in Studio on KEXP 4/1/08

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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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