With two-dozen uniformed members, The Polyphonic Spree is more like a small army than a band. True to its image, the Dallas-based group makes high-energy, symphonic rock with the exuberance of a heavenly choir. Hear the band in concert.
Polyphonic Spree in Concert on All Songs Considered - 06/30/2007
Richard Thompson has been making inspired music for forty years. A guitar virtuoso, early innovator of the British folk-rock movement, and one of the era's finest songwriters, his distinctive style as an artist has influenced two generations of musicians and poets.
Richard Thompson in Concert on All Songs Considered - 06/22/2007
The National make thoughtful, melancholy rock in the spirit of Joy Division or Leonard Cohen, with singer Matt Berninger's warm baritone voice set against deftly orchestrated instrumentation that's as epic as it is intimate. Hear the group recorded live in concert on NPR.org.
The National in Concert on All Songs Considered - 06/20/2007
Rufus Wainwright makes richly orchestrated, theatrical pop music inspired by the traditions of cabaret, musicals and opera. Hear Wainwright perform selections from his latest CD, Release the Stars, in a full concert recorded live from New York's Gramercy Theater.
Andrew Bird makes the kind of music that leaves critics groping for labels. A classically trained violinist, former swing jazz musician and now art rock virtuoso, Bird is one of the most imaginative and distinctive voices making music today. Hear Bird in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
Andrew Bird in Concert on All Songs Considered - 05/20/2007
As frontman for the Seattle rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and part of the electro-pop duo Postal Service, Ben Gibbard has won over legions of fans for his literate, bittersweet songwriting. Now Gibbard is embarking on a month-long solo tour. Hear him recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
Ben Gibbard in Concert on All Songs Considered - 05/10/2007
Peter Bjorn and John are a Swedish pop trio making insanely catchy music, with bouncing rhythms and whistled melodies. The group is currently on tour with the electro-pop band Fujiya and Miyagi and Au Revoir Simone. Hear all three bands recorded live in concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Enormously popular in their home country of Ireland, The Frames make intimate, reflective rock led by singer/guitarist Glen Hansard. Now on tour for their sixth and best studio album to date, The Cost, The Frames visit Washington, D.C. for a concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org Apr. 26.
The Frames in Concert on All Songs Considered - 04/26/2007
The music of Low is dark and mysteriously haunting with a sonic depth that radiates well beyond its brooding, spare arrangements. The band showcases its new album, Drums and Guns in a full concert, with the opening act Loney, Dear, from Washington, D.C.