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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.