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The Spring Standards.

Listen The Spring Standards On Mountain Stage

November 30, 2012 – Hear the ethereal indie-pop band perform songs representing its acoustic folk-pop side.


Martha Wainwright's newest album, Come Home to Mama, was inspired by the death of her mother and birth of her son, which happened about two months apart.

Read Martha Wainwright On New Motherhood, And A Mother Lost

November 25, 2012 – Wainwright's newest album was inspired by two big changes in her family — a birth and a death.


The Stray Birds perform for Folk Alley.

Watch The Stray Birds: Young, Weary And Resolute FolkAlley

November 24, 2012 – Watch one of folk's best new bands perform their hit single, "Dream in Blue," for Folk Alley. FolkAlley

Leonard Cohen.

Read Leonard Cohen On World Cafe WXPN

November 20, 2012 – Music journalist Sylvie Simmons recently wrote a biography of the iconic singer and poet. WXPN


The L.A. duo Foxygen just released a new song, "Shuggie," which Philadelphia's WXPN quickly embraced.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

November 20, 2012 – Download new music from Foxygen, bassist Marcus Miller, folk singer Rayna Geller and more.

Ben Taylor.

Listen Ben Taylor On Mountain Stage

November 19, 2012 – The singer performs a generous 41-minute set with tracks from his most recent album, Listening.


Erin McKeown

Read Song Premiere: Erin McKeown, 'The Jailer'

November 19, 2012 – McKeown's seventh album, MANIFESTRA, out in January, includes a song written with Rachel Maddow.

Patrick Watson performs live in concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Watch Patrick Watson In Concert

November 16, 2012 – The gifted singer and pianist plays an emotional live set at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.


Winston Yellen of Night Beds

Watch First Watch: Night Beds, 'Even If We Try'

November 15, 2012 – Watch the intense, haunting music video premiere from Night Beds, set to a soothing melody.

Sara Watkins.

Watch Sara Watkins On Mountain Stage

November 13, 2012 – The former Nickel Creek member performs songs from her latest solo album, Sun Midnight Sun.


Aaron Embry.

Read Next: Aaron Embry WXPN

November 12, 2012 – The Californian recorded his solo debut, Tiny Prayers, after a three-year stint with Edward Sharpe. WXPN


Field Report.

Read Field Report On World Cafe WXPN

November 12, 2012 – The band just released its debut album — the result of years of work for founder Chris Porterfield. WXPN


Girlyman performs on Folk Alley.

Watch Girlyman: This Song's Status Is 'It's Complicated' FolkAlley

November 10, 2012 – The folk band explores the middle ground between loving and leaving in "Empire of Our State." FolkAlley

Two legendary 19th century Finnish murderers grace the cover to Kimmo Pohjonen's Murhaballadeja.

Read Squeezebox Brutality: Murder Ballads From Finland

November 9, 2012 – Accordion renegade Kimmo Pohjonen collects a series of gruesome tales on Murhaballadeja.


Ben Sollee

Watch First Watch: Ben Sollee, 'A Few Honest Words'

November 5, 2012 – A moving video, shot by the Lincoln Memorial, issues a bipartisan plea for honesty from politicians.

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