After six successful years of recording and performing with Drive-By Truckers, guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell left the band in 2007 to explore his own musical identity. Hear Isbell and his band The 400 Unit perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
When Monk first unveiled a big band on stage in New York City, nobody had ever seen his music performed by a large ensemble. Fifty years later, trumpeter Charles Tolliver leads an evening-length re-creation of Monk's famed Town Hall Concert.
Charles Tolliver Tentet (Feat. Stanley Cowell) in Concert on WNYC - 02/26/2009
One of America's premier concert halls has just been remodeled, with a pedestrian-friendly feel, glow-in-the-dark wood paneling and a suspended dance studio. Hear the opening-night concert from Alice Tully Hall, at New York's Lincoln Center.
In recent years, singer, songwriter and guitarist M. Ward has become an indie-pop superstar, releasing a string of critically adored albums, as well as high-profile collaborations with the likes of Jenny Lewis, Cat Power, Bright Eyes and My Morning Jacket. Hear Ward perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia, with opener John Wesley Harding. Each performs six songs.
In Mozart's final opera, an entire city burns to save a single love affair. Though written on demand, to humor a preening monarch, the score is Mozart at his best — shot through with startling innovations and great beauty.
To mark the Feb. 17 release of his new record, Hold Time, singer-guitarist M. Ward gives a special solo performance. Hear selections from the new album, recorded live from the studios of WNYC in New York. The acoustic performance includes an interview with M. Ward as he takes questions from listeners, WNYC's Alana Harper and All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
A classically trained singer and violinist, Rodriguez asserts herself as a gifted country, folk and pop songwriter on her newest album, She Ain't Me. Hear Rodriguez perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
At the height of WWII, Aaron Copland used excerpts from Lincoln's speeches, combined with musical quotations from American songs, to create one of the most enduring works in American music. In honor of Lincoln's 200th birthday Thursday, hear the U.S. Marine Band perform Lincoln Portrait in concert.