Gary Graffman, president of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, says goodbye Wednesday after 20 years as director of the influential music school. From Graffman's farewell concert, we'll hear him solo in the Concerto for Piano Left Hand by Maurice Ravel. Christoph Eschenbach leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
Bob Dylan meets indie rock in the music of The Walkmen. Hear the New York rockers perform selections from their latest CD A Hundred Miles Off and more in a full concert recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
After a lengthy hiatus, World Party's Karl Wallinger is back in action. His new album, Dumbing Up, is filled with his trademark '60s-rock-inspired music. Allison Moorer just released Getting Somewhere, which finds her reaching for a wider pop-country audience.
World Party in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 05/25/2006
This week's concert features two singer-songwriters whose idiosyncratic approach to music has won them increasingly large audiences. The pairing of Keb Mo and Mason Jennings showcases the guitar in two of its most basic states: free-flowing blues and pared-down folk.
Keb' Mo' in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 05/19/2006
PT drifts off the beaten path of the standard repertoire with another "Classical Detour." This time around, it's three compelling performances by three separate pianists: Pedja Muzijevic, Margaret Leng Tan and Jon Kimura Parker.
From hostessing at a restaurant four years ago to becoming a darling of the Philly music scene, Birdie Busch has come a long way. Realizing that her job wasn't satisfying a "desire for instant connection," she began to write songs and play music.
Birdie Busch in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 05/11/2006
The Scottish quintet Mogwai serves up its own distinctive style of sprawling, sometimes hypnotic space rock. Hear the band showcase selections from its latest CD, Mr. Beast, in a concert, recorded live for NPR.org.
Umphrey's McGee has enjoyed a rabid following among jam-band aficionados for years. With an approach based on classic song-based rock, the group has the chops to move into funk, jazz, prog-rock and metal — all of which makes its live shows unique.
Umphrey's McGee in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 05/05/2006
A street corner in London's Camden Town region would seem an unlikely place to find an outpost of American soul music. But that's where James Hunter was discovered, singing 1950s harmonies in a smooth style. Hear him recorded live in concert from Philadelphia.
James Hunter in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 04/28/2006
Toots and the Maytals, legendary architects of reggae, perform for a sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Hear the full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org April 23, and view photos from the show.