With its riff-heavy mixture of classic rock and lyrically dense storytelling, the increasingly iconic Brooklyn rock band The Hold Steady crafts detailed musical universes that have already made it a critics' darling and fan favorite. Hear The Hold Steady perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
The Hold Steady In Concert
Kishani Jaysinghe, left, as Gontran and Paula Murrihy, as his wife Helen, star in the Wexford Festival's production of Chabrier's opera An Insufficient Education.
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From frustrated newlyweds who don't know what to do with each other, to an arranged marriage of inconvenience, this double bill from Ireland's Wexford Festival features the little-heard short operas The Marriage contract by Rossini and An Insufficient Education by Chabrier.
Hear An Introdiction To The Operas
Owen Pallett onstage at Webster Hall.
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Pallett employed his sad-angel voice, skillfully bowed violin and a loop pedal to build a set of dense, haunting chamber-pop layer by layer. Bookending this set of mostly new material are some golden oldies, including fan favorite "This Is the Dream of Win and Regine" and a cover of Mariah Carey's "Fantasy."
Listen Now: Owen Pallett In Concert From Webster Hall
The Emerson Quartet's latest passion is the late string quartets by Dvorak.
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Since forming a few years ago in Milwaukee, Wis., the 10-piece group has been thrilling audiences in and around its hometown with a groove-heavy, horn-powered mix of funk and soul. Now, Kings Go Forth is taking that show on the road, with its first-ever tour of the East Coast. Hear Kings Go Forth in a full concert, recorded live from Washington D.C.'s U Street Music Hall.
What other act can sum up its sound with the four-part descriptor "punk-classical-hillbilly-Floyd"? With a variety of folk elements (not to mention a fair amount of prog-rock) and a stage presence honed in coffee shops and festivals, the quintet has been touring the world for more than a decade. Hear the band perform live in concert from WXPN and The Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Penn.
Gandalf Murphy And The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams In Concert
Oedipus (baritone Franck Ferrari) gouges out his eyes after learning that he has unknowingly killed his father and married his mother.
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Inspired by Sophocles' Theban Plays, George Enescu was one of the few to narrate the entire life of Oedipus in his Oedipe, an opera that is often hailed as the finest single work ever composed by a Romanian.
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Filtering classic rock and pop through a lo-fi slacker aesthetic that recalls Pavement or Guided by Voices, Philadelphia's Dr. Dog sounds both timeless and immediate. Its new album, Shame, Shame, came out this week, so the group should be in a celebratory mood for this appearance. Hear Dr. Dog perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
Dr. Dog, Recorded Live In Concert
Zelmira (soprano Kate Aldrich) is arrested after being falsely accused of a murder attempt on her husband, Ilo.
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Though often pegged as a composer of comic operas only, many of Rossini's finest achievements can be found in his series of nine serious dramas, the last of which was the dark, pioneering opera Zelmira.
Kidjo's music is completely contagious, with rhythms that sound like a complex combination of soul and Brazilian music. At its core, though, her work reflects her West African roots. Hear a complete concert Kidjo recorded for WFUV in New York City.