Propelled by the cryptic songwriting of frontman Will Sheff, Okkervil River makes dark, literate rock that's as explosive as it is intimate. Now on tour with one of the year's best albums, The Stage Names, Okkervil River visits Washington, D.C. for a full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org.
Okkervil River in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/30/2007
When soft became the new loud in indie circles a few years ago, Iron and Wine quickly stepped ahead of the pack as the most arresting of the whispery, lo-fi new-folk artists. Led by the gentle-voiced Sam Beam, the group makes morose and mysterious music. Hear the band in a full concert.
Iron and Wine in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/29/2007
For more than 15 years, the Chicago-born musician has been writing and recording smart, personal, relatable rock 'n' roll music for a national audience. Hear the singer-songwriter perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Michael McDermott in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/28/2007
Animal Collective makes sound collages its members describe as "sonic freeform electronic horror gospel hip-hop soul pop madness." The results are inventive and playfully refreshing. Hear the band in a full concert, recorded live on NPR.org.
Animal Collective in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/28/2007
In the 1940s, saxophonist Don Byas (1912-1972) was a pivotal player, but he's no longer well known. James Carter brings back Byas's glorious sound, in a tribute with the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw recorded live at the 2006 North Sea Jazz Festival.
The Music of Don Byas featuring James Carter on JazzSet
The hauntingly soulful voice of singer Jenny Lewis has drawn legions of fans to the L.A. band Rilo Kiley. Now on tour in support of Under the Blacklight, Rilo Kiley visits Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club for a full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org Sept. 26.
Rilo Kiley in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/26/2007
Conductor Marin Alsop recently made history by being named the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She plans to lead the Baltimore Symphony in a mix of cutting-edge contemporary pieces and core classics.
With members bred in England and Australia, The Greencards may well be the best Americana artist with no native claim to North America. Hear the band perform live at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom, in a concert recorded May 4.
Players from 17 high schools were chosen for the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. After studying to perform some of the most challenging big-band music available, the high-school all-stars perform alongside Terence Blanchard at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Bay Area disc jockey Jimmy Lyons got Brubeck to play piano for the Monterey City Council more than 50 years ago to convince it to put on a festival. The Monterey Jazz Festival is in its 50th year, and Brubeck returns for his 14th appearance. Hear his complete concert.
Dave Brubeck in Concert from the Monterey Jazz Festival - 09/23/2007
Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice and Brooklyn rock band Bishop Allen take the stage for a night of smart, adventurous pop music, webcast live on NPR.org. Bishop Allen opens the performance from Washington, D.C.'s Rock and Roll Hotel.
John Vanderslice in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/22/2007
Live from the Monterey Jazz Festival, Otis Taylor plays what he calls "trance blues" — a blues sound drenched in Appalachian country music and moody, psychedelic rock. He discovered blues and folk music after hearing the work of Mississippi John Hurt. Hear a full concert.
Otis Taylor in Concert from the Monterey Jazz Festival - 09/22/2007
The legendary jazz trumpeter and composer premiered the seven-part Monterey Moods suite at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Hear his celebratory exploration of all the various forms of jazz that have come through Monterey in its 50 years.
Gerald Wilson Orchestra in Concert from the Monterey Jazz Festival - 09/22/2007
Expansive and poppy, The A-Sides' music is positively cheerful, with a blend of silliness and sincerity that's helped make the band a budding success story. Hear The A-Sides perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
The A-Sides in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 09/21/2007