Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

WGBH Radio

The young Israeli pianist has impressive technique, as well as a depth of insight that's rare for a 25-year-old. Kohlberg digs deep into the tangled mind and music of Robert Schumann for a studio audience at WGBH in Boston.

Hear Yaron Kohlberg Play Schumann at WGBH

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Au Revoir Simone: We're Not French

KEXP

In a session from KEXP, Au Revoir Simone's members set the record straight: Their band name is a Pee-Wee's Big Adventure reference. They are from Brooklyn, not France. With that out of the way, the all-keyboard trio performs sweet melodies from its self-released album.

Au Revoir Simone in Studio on KEXP 6/16/09

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Allen Toussaint: The Road Through America

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

WFUV's New York City home is more than a thousand miles from New Orleans. But on a recent fine day, a favorite son of the Crescent City brought his city's sounds to the station's Studio-A piano. Throughout the session, pianist Allen Toussaint led the way down through the different "musics" of New Orleans.

Allen Toussaint in Studio on WFUV 4/20/09

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Slaid Cleaves: Mortal Musings

KUT 90.5

Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves has been writing meaningful music for many years, but his new album (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away) is a game-changer. Cleaves recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A to share some of his new songs.

Slaid Cleaves Performs In Studio 1a For KUT 7/17/09

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Loney Dear: Tenderness, Pain And Joy

KEXP

Here, Loney Dear returns to KEXP for another emotional performance. The one-man studio band of Swedish songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanangen performs songs from his latest album, Dear John. The music is tender and fragile one moment, packed with energy the next.

Loney Dear Performs In Studio For KEXP 2/23/09

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Hear Phoenix Perform Acoustic Versions Of '1901' And 'Lisztomania'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

In WFUV's Studio-A, Thomas Mars and Christian Mazzalai of Phoenix transformed two irresistible power-pop songs from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, using just an acoustic guitar.

'Playground Love' (Acoustic)

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JD Allen Lets It 'Shine'

WBGO

In this session, saxophonist JD Allen performs songs from Shine, his second consecutive trio recording featuring bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston. The songs all feature Allen's calling card: a forceful tenor saxophone that blows mightily.

JD Allen Performs In Studio For WBGO 7/07/09

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Dixie Bee-Liners: Musical Hospitality

WKSU

With roots coming from everywhere, it was refreshing to find the same Southern charm and friendliness effused through every member of The Dixie Bee-Liners at Folk Alley's studios. The band performed its sweet mix of bluegrass and roots music in a session.

The Dixie Bee-Liners in Studio on Folk Alley

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Yolanda Kondonassis: Impressions Of The Harp

American Public Media

The adventurous harpist joins flutist Joshua Smith and violist Cynthia Phelps in the Performance Today studio to explore the musical connections between two impressionist composers — Toru Takemitsu and his hero, Claude Debussy.

Hear Yolanda Kondonassis And Friends In The APM Studio

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Kevin Devine: Raw And Emotional

KEXP

With a long resume that includes the emo-rock band Miracle of 86, Devine has built up a strong discography of his own. At Cutting Room Studios in New York City, Devine and his band played straight through a set with no retakes or breaks — just one solid, powerful performance.

Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band in Studio on KEXP 5/5/09

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