Alan Sparhawk is known largely for his work in the famously slow-moving band Low, but he doesn't always drive 55. His side project, which also features Low bassist Steve Garrington, boosts the tempo to cathartic effect. Hear Retribution Gospel Choir's full in-studio set at The Current in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Bianca and Sierra Casady make strange but beautiful music together as CocoRosie. Imagine a cabaret interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien and you're getting close. Listen to the siblings perform four songs from their new album, Grey Oceans, on KEXP.
After 25 years in the music business, the Boston singer-songwriter calls herself a "survivor," but admits that she wants to become a legend. Listen to her invite-only show at WFUV in New York City, on which she appears with fellow singer Erin McKeown.
One of the latest talents to emerge from Denton, Texas, owns a fantastic voice and the writing chops to match. Fresh off tours with Norah Jones and Lou Barlow, Jaffe and her band stop by KUT in Austin for an in-studio performance.
The 82-year-old jazz and blues songwriter has drifted between genres for most of his life. After a 13-year break from the studio, he's back with a new album, with some help from producer Joe Henry. Hear a special session with Allison on WFUV in New York City.
The Malian musician is a master of the ngoni, the African forefather of the banjo that dates back more than 1,000 years. Kouyate and his band Nagoni Ba recently visited KEXP's studios in New York City for a transfixing performance.
Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni Ba In Studio at KEXP, 3/29/2010
When composer John Adams heard the St. Lawrence Quartet play Beethoven, creative doors started flying open. Inspired by the musicians, and the music of Maurice Ravel, Adams wrote his very first string quartet.
The celebrated Irish folksinger speaks with Folk Alley's Jim Blum about her decision to leave Celtic headliner Solas, the disintegrating record industry and her children's love for Lady Gaga. Hear the interview and a riveting in-studio performance.
The enchanting Philadelphia folksinger joins David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air to unveil new songs and intriguing covers of music by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. Listen to the entire session here.
Chinese pianist Yundi Li recently shortened his stage name to "Yundi." But it may not have been necessary: The young musician has already achieved superstardom in his homeland. In this session from WNYC, he plays two Chopin nocturnes.