After the regionally successful Philadelphia band Townhall broke up in 2006, Stanford went solo, developing a soulful, smoothly appealing pop sound while recording his debut EP. Hear Stanford perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
In more than a decade of making music, Wilco has weathered a tumultuous label change, infighting and lineup changes, drug addiction, and depression. But it's also emerged as one of the most innovative, influential, and widely revered bands making music today. Hear the group perform a full concert, webcast live on NPR.org from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 27. John Doe will open the show.
In an act of symphonic diplomacy, conductor Lorin Maazel takes the New York Philharmonic on a historic visit to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, armed with music by Gershwin and Dvorak. But the unprecedented event is not without criticism.
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has helped push the boundaries of rock music by integrating electronics and decidedly un-rock sounds. From the Wordless Music Series recorded by WNYC, Greenwood offers the U.S. premiere of his orchestral work, Popcorn Superhet Receiver.
Singer Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay has performed on singles by Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Percy Sledge, and she sang for The Grateful Dead in the '70s. Hear Donna Jean and the Tricksters perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
When trumpeter Charles Tolliver talks about his high-octane big band, he uses phrases like, "The key is in the ignition; we're ready to go!" It's a perfect connection to the theme behind his performance at the Detroit International Jazz Festival: "Music on All Cylinders."
Hear the psych-rock revivalists Black Mountain and art-folk singer Bon Iver recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.'s Rock and Roll Hotel. Both performances originally webcast live on NPR.org Feb. 19.
A Southern roots-country rocker and former bull rider, Bingham performs with a rough style to reflect his upbringing in Texas and New Mexico ranching communities. Bingham will perform a concert from WXPN and the Millennium Music Conference in Camp Hill, Pa.
Starring in a one-woman double bill, Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald plays two women, both looking for love by remote control, in Send by Michael John LaChiusa, and The Human Voice by Francis Poulenc. From Houston Grand Opera.
Houston Grand Opera on World of Opera - 'Audra McDonald Double Bill'
Hugh Masekela devoted the prime of his life to the struggle of his lifetime –- ending apartheid in South Africa. Short in stature but great in presence, Masekela has that spark that continues to engage us. Masekela's band performs a concert at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival.
In the 15 years since releasing its breakthrough debut, the San Francisco band has become one of the most popular and easily identifiable rock groups in America. Hear Counting Crows perform a show from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Tenor Placido Domingo was born in Spain, to a family with deep roots in the uniquely Spanish form of musical theater, zarzuela. In a production from Washington, DC, he returns to those roots to star in Federico Moreno Torroba's Luisa Fernanda.