Jones freely admits that he's a child of seminal '80s rock bands like R.E.M., Pixies, U2 and Echo and the Bunnymen. His latest CD, Swallow the Sea, is a tip of the hat to the vast sound and art-rock lyricism of those bands. But this Mountain Stage performance presents a stripped-down version of Jones' music.
Matthew Perryman Jones in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/31/2008
The disco duo's self-titled debut album conjures images of Saturday Night Fever and '70s punk. Hear Hercules and Love Affair perform its entertaining and emotional music live in concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Wagner's stormy one-acter requires lead singers with great power, both dramatically and vocally. Alan Held and Jennifer Wilson fit the bill in this turbulent opera focused on one of Wagner's favorite themes: the redemptive power of love. From the Washington National Opera.
Washington National Opera on World of Opera -- The Flying Dutchman
Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul has released 14 albums in a career spanning two decades, including his recent Dragonfly Races. In his latest appearance on Mountain Stage, Paul performs selections from a record due out early next year, as well as a ballad about Hurricane Katrina survivors.
The Ohio-born singer-songwriter has received widespread exposure in the short time he's been creating music. He wrote his first song less than four years ago, and later released his 2006 debut album, We Were Here. Radin performs music from his latest record, Simple Times, during a visit to Mountain Stage.
Joshua Radin in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/29/2008
California-based blues singer Janiva Magness grew up in Detroit, where she was influenced by the classic sounds of Motown, as well as by the country and blues recordings in her father's collection. Magness performs music from her latest album, What Love Will Do, during her recent appearance on Mountain Stage.
Janiva Magness in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/28/2008
Though she jokes about being a has-been by the age of 17, Janis Ian has evolved as an artist and humanitarian and continues to make records today. Here, on her fifth and most recent visit to Mountain Stage, she performs a live set that includes her signature song, "At Seventeen."
Janis Ian in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/27/2008
Throughout his long career, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Randall Bramblett has influenced a wide range of musicians, with music that fuses roots-rock and the blues to powerful effect. Hear Bramblett perform live in concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
At the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Anat Cohen leads a small group at the Kennedy Center. The award-winning reed player's flowing performances make her one of the best reasons to see jazz today. Japanese pianist Mayuko Katakura opens the concert on JazzSet.
Anat Cohen & Mayuko Katakura in Concert on JazzSet - 05/11/2007
The Florida band JJ Grey and Mofro concocts a vivid blend of blues, Southern rock and funk, complete with richly evocative lyrics and an easygoing sense of blue-collar storytelling. Hear the group perform live in concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.