A master of warm and colorful power-pop, Evan Dando recently re-formed his celebrated band The Lemonheads to record a new self-titled album. Dando performs a solo set live from WXPN and World Cafe Live, along with an appearance by the Canadian pop-rock band The Dears.
Evan Dando in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/29/2006
All week long, we've been telling tall tales from the concert hall. Today, we stop by Verizon Hall in Philadelphia to hear about a mishap involving cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto. And Dame Joan Sutherland talks about her reaction to an unusual concert disruption.
The music of singer-songwriter Mindy Smith appeals to a wide audience while remaining close to her distinct vision. With a ringing endorsement from country icon Dolly Parton — thanks in part to her rendition of Parton's "Jolene" — Smith has built a career on her own terms, without music-industry interference.
Mindy Smith in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/22/2006
For more than 15 years, the Canadian pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies has spread its wry, playful pop sound across North America and beyond, in the process attracting a devoted fan base, releasing seven studio albums, selling out tours and even launching an independent record label.
Barenaked Ladies in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/15/2006
On the Outside finds Starsailor refreshed after a period out of the limelight, while retaining a depth of emotion that attracted much attention earlier. The band performs live from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, with singer-songwriter Peter Walker.
Starsailor in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/08/2006
A relative newcomer to the Philadelphia music scene, the rootsy bluegrass band Boris Garcia mixes mandolin with electric guitar to make a danceable folk/jam hybrid that ranges from freeform improvisation to traditional Americana.
Boris Garcia in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/01/2006
Maurice Ravel had a habit of rearranging his music from piano to orchestra and back. In that spirit, Michael Stern leads a student orchestra in the finale to "The Fairy Garden"; Viviane Loriaut plays "Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas"; and the Paratore Brothers play "Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty" and "Hop-o-My Thumb."
After touring for a year and a half, Lightman opted for an organic sound for her second album, Bird on a Wire. The disc nicely captures her ability to seamlessly mix R&B with rock, and demonstrates how much she's matured and gained confidence since her debut.
Toby Lightman in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/25/2006
With an emphasis on improvisation, The Derek Trucks Band blends jazz, rock, blues and world music into its soulful, energetic songs. Its fifth album, Songlines, is a nicely crafted collection of original compositions and covers, all reflecting the band's diverse approach to worldly jams.
The Derek Trucks Band in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/18/2006
Pete Yorn's new Nightcrawler has him touring relentlessly, as he attempts to build on the success of his hit debut and its follow-up. Opener Matt Duke, 21, is at the beginning of what figures to be an impressive career. Both perform live from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia Friday at noon ET.
Matt Duke in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/11/2006
Pianist Leon Fleisher has faced many obstacles over the years, due to a debilitating hand condition. He's regained the use of that hand now, and uses both hands to play the Bach chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" at Shriver Hall on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The four-man Parisian pop band Phoenix mixes '80s rock influences, '70s disco grooves and an appealing French accent to create likeable, danceable songs. The group just released its third album, the immensely appealing It's Never Been Like That.
Phoenix in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/04/2006
Three young men who play classical music most of the time needed an outlet for their other musical endeavors, so they formed a trio called Time for Three. Performance Today takes a classical detour with them into a pair of tunes written by bass player Ranaan Myer.