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Palacio, who died Jan. 19, was known as much for his music as for his impact on Belize and the promotion of its rich traditions and cultures. With Watina, he stripped down his music to connect more with the true sound of his home country. Hear an interview and performance.
NdegeOcello's name means "free like a bird," which describes her mix of funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, rock, and jazz — as well as lyrics that explore race, sex, gender, and more. NdegeOcello gives an interview and performance on WXPN.
MeShell Nedgéocello in Studio on World Cafe 1/31/08
The British press has credited The Klaxons with pioneering a genre called "new rave," which is really a mask for a heavy-handed dose of pop with a dance-punk kick. The band stopped by The Current to perform a version of its hit, "Golden Skans."
A guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Hawley is best known for his work in the U.K. bands Longpigs and Pulp. Now a versatile and charming solo artist, Hawley gives an interview and performance from WXPN.
For the past year, the 23-year-old musician has been quickly building steam in the U.K. Fresh off the U.S. release of his debut album, Matinee, Penate visits WNYC for an interview and studio performance.
This week's From the Top comes from Fort Pierce, Florida, where a Navajo guitarist from Utah plays Tarrega, a twelve-year-old Black-Belt pianist tackles Rachmaninoff, and a 'Six-Handed Monster' trio of pianos plays music from West Side Story. This show originally aired on May 16, 2007.
Plucked, Bowed, and Hammered Strings Onstage in Florida
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays pop music for sad sorts. Unlike the band's early, Belle & Sebastian-inspired work, its latest CD looks to the '70s, with a foot in darker lyrical territory. The Chicago band stopped by KEXP for a performance and a chat about Morrissey and songwriting.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in Studio on KEXP 12/2/07
Dan Wilson is best known as the primary singer and songwriter for the Grammy-winning rock band Semisonic, though his collaboration with the Dixie Chicks also won him and the band many accolades. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.
Born in Somalia to Italian and Ethiopian parents, the singer known as Saba grew up among several different cultural traditions in Italy. On her debut album, Jidka, she meditates on her African roots. Hear an interview and studio performance.
Iron and Wine recorded its latest CD, The Shepherd's Dog, in Beam's new home studio outside of Austin, Tex. On record, it's full of dense arrangements, but on this studio session from KUT, Beam performs solo, including the old favorite "Sodom, South Georgia."
Jorgenson's fingers are nothing but a blur when he's notes-deep into a song on his unique guitar. The veteran gypsy-jazz guitarist has performed with Elton John, Bob Dylan and Sting, and was a member of the hit-making Desert Rose Band.
Soulsavers is a down-tempo electronica duo made up of English producers and remixers Rich Machin and Ian Glover. The pair's latest album features the vocals of Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
Growing up on the sounds of Nat "King" Cole, the brothers Valleau play a musical style inspired by swing and '40s jazz. With musical parents, they learned a variety of instruments and learned to become resourceful in the middle of Alberta, Canada. Hear an interview and performance.