Gomez's infectious blend of bluesy wails, pop-rock harmonies and airtight songwriting has won the band critical acclaim and commercial success, making it one of the biggest and best U.K. bands to emerge in recent years. Hear Gomez perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
Ron Miles plays a one-of-a-kind, brushed gold trumpet in G, not the conventional B-flat horn used by most players. He says the sound is a little deeper, and while it's more difficult to play, he loves the grace and control: Ron Miles sings through his horn. The jazz trumpeter leads an all-star set with legendary guitarist Bill Frisell.
Web-Only Concert Pick: Hear Ron Miles Quartet perform "Black Beauty."
It's been a good couple of years for hip-hop and soul producers to step out from the boards and record their own music. The latest, Raphael Saadiq, just released a solo disc called The Way I See It, an authentic-sounding slab of '60s-style soul. Hear Saadiq perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
Raphael Saadiq in Concert on XPN Live Fridays 3/20/09
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The Irish pop-rock band Bell X1 has brought its catchy riffs and smart lyrics to America in recent years, long after the group had already become a reliable hitmaker in its homeland. Hear Bell X1 perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.