The joyfully celebratory Mexican band Kinky creates surreal electronica and pop landscapes with rock and Latin influences. The group's energetic beats often accompany driving guitars and Spanish lyrics, creating an infectious and addictive sound.
Featuring the contrasting vocal talents of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, the London band Hot Chip makes catchy, danceable indie-rock that runs the gamut from shimmering pop melodies to harder, techno-inspired electro-rock. Now, after the U.S. release of the group's second album, Hot Chip is capturing attention here, as well.
Over the course of her nearly two-decade career, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne has gone from relative obscurity to Lilith Fair mainstay to venerated cult act. Combining rootsy, folk-driven Americana with blues, rock and pop, Osborne's music has the peculiar quality of seeming familiar and original at the same time.
Sting first became known as the lead singer of the immensely popular pop/rock/punk group The Police, but he's maintained success throughout his ever-evolving solo career, which began after the band broke up at the height of its popularity in 1984.
Simon is one of music's most venerated icons: His career started 50 years ago, when he and Art Garfunkel and began writing pop songs tinged with folk, rock and world music. As a solo act, Simon has found critical and commercial success with the likes of Graceland and the recent Surprise.
Petra Haden and her occasional cohorts in The Sellouts make wonderfully unclassifiable music: Their music is so varied that one category can't suffice. Haden mixes classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and pop, often performing some unusual combination a cappella.
Violist Kallie Ciechomski, clarinetist Jonathan Cohen and host Christopher O'Riley close the show with a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Trio in E-flat, K. 498, Rondo. This performance originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.
Violinists Adam Chin and Calvin Kuo pair up to perform a new piece written by one of their peers, 13-year-old Jeremiah Klarman's Duet No.1 in C Major for Two Violins, 3rd mvt. This performance originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.