NOMO recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A with synthesizers, horns and homemade instruments in tow. Elliot Bergman, speaking on behalf of the eight musicians, explained to KUT's Jay Trachtenberg how a band coming out of the Midwest came to emulate music many Americans overlook.
Coming up along with a slew of British singers who look back to classic '60s girl groups, Adele stands out with a big, bluesy voice. At just 20, she sounds wise beyond her years, writing songs of heartbreak and loneliness. Here, Adele performs songs from her debut CD, 19, with just a guitarist for accompaniment.
Adele in Studio on Words & Music from Studio-A 6/9/08
Named after the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, the up-and-coming group has both taken up residency at Lincoln Center and performed with singers in nightclubs. Hear the Escher String Quartet christen WNYC's new studios with a Dvorak classic and a world premiere.
Recently, the jazz-guitar virtuoso released his first studio recording in more than a decade. In a session on Jazz24, Jordan talks about his musical and personal evolution over the past 10 years, as well as his ongoing study of music's role in the healing process.
In a rare acoustic performance, the hip-hop group Atmosphere performs with just an acoustic guitar and two voices. Frontman Slug is a Minneapolis native with an inspiring message, especially on Atmosphere's new album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S--- Gold.
While it may have replaced its trademark organ with a piano, Mates of State's members still crank out some of the finest indie-pop music around. In a session from KUT, the duo explains the need to progress as a band and plays songs from its fifth CD, Re-Arrange Us.
While there's no shortage of protean young improvisers in New York, Shaw benefits from a real-world apprenticeship with a master musician: Roy Haynes. The alto saxophonist shares three original compositions for jazz quintet in a WBGO studio session.
The current political situation sent Firewater's Tod A. around the world to discover more music and culture. The musicians he met inspired him to return home and share what he gained. In an interview and performance from KEXP, Tod A. reveals the fruits of his travels.
In 1876, Tchaikovsky composed musical snapshots of each month of the calendar year for publication in a St. Petersburg magazine. Pianist Wu Han performs the entire cycle, and discusses the music with Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's studio.
Growing up in Wales, neo-soul singer Duffy didn't have the luxury of record stores, or even possess the notion of trendy pop music. As she tells Rita Houston in a session from WFUV, this allowed her to fully enjoy the classic songs she heard on the radio.
The new jazz supergroup, featuring B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith, brings the music of the Crescent City to the New York-based Latin soul music called boogaloo. In a session from Jazz24, the band is paired down to a trio with alto saxophonist Donald Harrison and guitarist Peter Bernstein.
Dr. Lonnie Smith's Crescent Boogaloo in Studio on KPLU 5/30/08
Led by an acoustic guitar and a grand piano, Death Cab for Cutie plays a stripped-down session at The Current. Drawing from a decade's worth of material, the band pulls out an old favorite and plays two songs from its new album, Narrow Stairs.
Death Cab for Cutie in Studio on The Current 6/2/08
Carter Tanton, of the band Tulsa, sat in the middle of a room with only his guitar, but his powerful voice filled every inch of it. In a session recorded by KEXP, he flew through three covers by The Carter Family, The Kinks, and Townes Van Zandt, and talked about singing in subways.
Much has been made of the relationship between brothers Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes. When the two arrived separately, it didn't dispel the rumors, but it turns out they just needed to go different places afterward. In a session from WFUV, the duo performs acoustic versions of new songs.
Swiss-born pianist Leo Tardin has jazz training and a stage name: Grand Pianoramax. In a performance from WBGO, the winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's inaugural solo piano competition mixes motif and improvisation with spoken word and breakbeat.