John Gorka: Building A Bridge Of Folk Music

WKSU

Gorka passes along musical traditions while also showcasing his own modern voice. In his songs, he tells real stories about real people — you, me, your family and friends. Gorka pays tribute to Pete Seeger's 90th birthday with "Water Is Wide" in a session from Folk Alley.

John Gorka in Studio on Folk Alley

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Peter Bjorn And John: Beware Of The Rock

KEXP

Peter Bjorn and John's pop sensibilities are plenty charming, as is the group's on-stage banter. At the ME Television Studios in Austin, Texas, the Swedish trio played electronic-influenced new material, but was bursting with rock 'n' roll energy.

Peter Bjorn and John in Studio on KEXP

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A Feast Of Haydn String Quartets At WGBH

WGBH Radio

Haydn's long life spanned many musical changes, a few of which he forged himself, like the development of the string quartet. WBGH in Boston features three string quartets playing Haydn in the studio.

Hear Three String Quartets Play Haydn At WGBH In Boston

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The Flatlanders: The Big Three Return

KUT 90.5

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely: For Texans, their names represent a sort of musical holy trinity. Collectively, as The Flatlanders, they're a roots-music supergroup. In a session from KUT, the band performs new songs and explains the ups and downs that led to Hills and Valleys.

The Flatlanders in Studio on KUT

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Telekinesis: A Frenzy Of Intensity And Joy

KEXP

When Michael Benjamin Lerner stopped by the KEXP studios with Telekinesis, his songs sparkled with buoyant melodies and catchy hooks that shone like little pop gems. He pounded away on the drums in a frenzy of intensity and joy while singing along without effort.

Telekinesis in Studio on KEXP 4/13/09

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Little Feat Asks Friends To 'Join The Band'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

For a band that started nearly four decades ago, and 30 years ago lost its best-known member, Little Feat continues to thrive. The group's latest CD, Join the Band, celebrates Little Feat's history with special guests. In this session, it performs some of its biggest hits.

Little Feat in Studio on WFUV 9/23/08

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Darcy James Argue: Big Band Steampunk

WBGO

Under the tutelage of Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society draws on rock, big-band jazz and classical music. With sessions sponsored by WBGO, Argue's Infernal Machines is a fresh take on the big-band sound, pushing the studio to the limit.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society in Studio on WBGO 12/15/09

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Glasvegas: Epic Rock Gets Stripped Bare

The Current

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.

Glasvegas in Studio on The Current 4/7/09

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The Mugs: Soul-Flecked Indie-Pop

KEXP

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.

The Mugs in Studio on KEXP 1/29/09

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Findlay Brown: Hit By A Wall Of Sound

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Findlay Brown in Studio on WFUV 2/5/09

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