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Rhythm Angels: Enchanting Americana

WKSU

With roots in Colorado and North Dakota, Rebecca Folsom and Celeste Krenz now call Nashville home. But the duo isn't tied to Music City — the Rhythm Angels are always on the road, spreading angelic Americana. Watch videos from their session at Folk Alley.

Rhythm Angels In Studio On Folk Alley

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Harlem Quartet Takes The 'A' Train In Boston

WGBH Radio

What grew from a music competition in Detroit is now a full-fledged string quartet. Hear the excellent young players of the Harlem Quartet play a classy arrangement of the jazz standard "Take the 'A' Train," a vibrant rendition of Ravel's String Quartet in F and a rambunctious conga at the WGBH studio in Boston.

Harlem Quartet Takes The 'A' Train In Boston

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Japandroids: A Frantic Invasion

KEXP

Out of the hallways at KEXP, passersby could hear an explosive, enthusiastic burst of guitars and drums. The sound was huge, but it came from only two scrawny young men, each playing furiously. Japandroids may be a duo, but it sure doesn't sound like one.

Japandroids In Studio On KEXP 6/16/09

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Among The Oak And Ash: Folk Songs, Updated

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Among the Oak and Ash pairs two singer-songwriters on a batch of traditional songs, with non-traditional results. In a session from WFUV, the duo gives folk songs a rock edge.

Among The Oak & Ash In Studio-A On WFUV 6/23/09

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Gretchen Parlato: Living 'In A Dream'

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Parlato defies easy categorization as a vocalist. She has a gift for being just a member of the band, a role reserved for few singers. She has what it takes to live up to the expectation and level of performance of her contemporaries. In a session from WBGO, she performs songs from In a Dream.

Gretchen Parlato In Studio On WBGO's The Checkout 8/17/09

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Hey Marseilles: Sublime And Heartfelt

Hey Marseilles' dynamic and complex sound belies its humble beginnings as a duo. The Seattle-based orchestral rock ensemble's ranks have swelled to seven in recent months, with far more instruments than members. In a session from KEXP, Hey Marseilles performs with a wayfaring spirit.

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Hey Marseilles: Sublime And Heartfelt

KEXP

Hey Marseilles' dynamic and complex sound belies its humble beginnings as a duo. The Seattle-based orchestral rock ensemble's ranks have swelled to seven in recent months, with far more instruments than members. In a session from KEXP, Hey Marseilles performs with a wayfaring spirit.

Session Spotlight: Hey Marseilles Performs 'From A Terrace'

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Chip Taylor: Song-By-Song Autobiography

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Some people get more than their fair share of the action. As the songwriter behind "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," Chip Taylor has enjoyed a long life of exploits on the road — and at the track as a professional gambler. In this session from WFUV, Taylor offers a personal history tour in song.

Session Spotlight: Chip Taylor Performs 'Angel Of The Morning'

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Shemekia Copeland: Almost Unplugged

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When the young blues singer performs with a band, it's almost guaranteed to be an electrifying experience. But at Jazz24, Copeland came with just her voice and a guitarist. It was a rare opportunity to hear her powerful and soulful voice on its own.

Shemekia Copeland In Studio On KPLU 7/8/09

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Pela: Brand-New Songs, Unplugged

KEXP

Singer Billy McCarthy and his band Pela put aside their high-voltage stage antics to introduce four new songs in a session from KEXP. But instead of what will inevitably end up as album versions, the group treated KEXP to acoustic arrangements.

Session Spotlight: Pela Performs 'Strange Days'

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