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.
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit In Concert
Leonard Cohen performs to a sold-out Beacon Theatre on February 19, 2009.
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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.
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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.
The Fifth Annual Portland Jazz Festival celebrated "The Shape of Jazz to Come" with jazzart-rock trio The Bad Plus and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, both playing to full houses at the historic, slightly psychedelic McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR.
The Bad Plus, Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Shape Of Jazz To Come
He came to prominence with bluegrass band Hot Rize, and has 13 records under his own name. But not until 2008 did he make an album with no accompaniment. O'Brien makes a record-setting 25th Mountain Stage appearance — solo this time.
Tim O'Brien in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/13/09
She's best known for turning out country-music hits, but Mattea has also explored Scottish folk, gospel and roots music. For her latest record, Coal, the singer drew on her family's roots in the coal industry to create a series of personal takes on old mining songs.
Kathy Mattea in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/12/09
After her second album, the singer-songwriter left for Paris, where she knew few people and spoke none of the language. She returned to the U.S. with the songs that would form her third album, Another Country. Hear Merritt perform live.
Tift Merritt in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/11/09
Long a sought-after session player, the Louisiana slide-guitar master has a second life as a solo singer, songwriter and all-around bluesman. With his trio in tow, Landreth performs his own material on his sixth Mountain Stage appearance.