A street corner in London's Camden Town region would seem an unlikely place to find an outpost of American soul music. But that's where James Hunter was discovered, singing 1950s harmonies in a smooth style. Hear him recorded live in concert from Philadelphia.
James Hunter in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 04/28/2006
Toots and the Maytals, legendary architects of reggae, perform for a sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Hear the full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org April 23, and view photos from the show.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have been perfecting a dynamic hybrid of bluegrass, jazz and pop for more than 15 years. In the process, the band has practically created its own genre. Hear the group recorded live in concert, from XPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 04/21/2006
Hear Interpol perform at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. The full concert includes an opening performance by Blonde Redhead and an interview with Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogarino.
On her latest CD, singer Neko Case swings somewhere between the worlds of heavy art rock and bittersweet country. Hear her perform cuts from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood and more in a full concert recorded live from Washington, D.C.
With just one album under the their belt, the British group Arctic Monkeys is already being hailed as one of the greatest U.K. rock bands of all time. The group aimed to show fans why in a full performance recorded live from Washington, DCs 9:30 Club.
Clarinetist Anthony McGill has had a pretty good career so far: school at a top conservatory, a position with the Cincinnati Symphony, now principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. We hear McGill in a recital at his alma mater, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, playing Debussy's "Rhapsody No.1."
Debussy's Six Antique Epigrams are based on erotic poetry from the sixth century B.C. Nude dancers performed at Debussy's one and only performance of them in 1901. We hear them performed at Music from Salem in New York. Nina Tichman and David Breitman play piano four hands.
Scotland's art-pop hipsters Belle and Sebastian and the Canadian power pop group The New Pornographers visit Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club for a night of live music. Both bands are on tour for critically acclaimed new albums.
Colin Meloy, frontman for The Decemberists, and art-pop singer-songwriter Laura Veirs perform a night of solo, acoustic work, recorded live in concert. Both performances, from The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., can be heard in their entirety online.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club brings a soulful mix of roots rock, country, gospel and blues to Washington, DC's 9:30 Club for a night of music. Hear the band's full concert, recorded live. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is on tour to promote its latest CD, Howl.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in Concert on All Songs Considered
Some pure Americana comes from the pen of recent four-time Grammy winner William Bolcom. His "Ragomania" honors jazz great Eubie Blake and Bolcom's idol George Gershwin. Marin Alsop conducts the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
The Wood Brothers perform the latest in a series of midday concerts from NPR Music and WXPN. The roots-rock duo's show has ended. But their full performance from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pa., is available in archive form.