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The joyfully celebratory Mexican band Kinky creates surreal electronica and pop landscapes with rock and Latin influences. The group's energetic beats often accompany driving guitars and Spanish lyrics, creating an infectious and addictive sound.
Featuring the contrasting vocal talents of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, the London band Hot Chip makes catchy, danceable indie-rock that runs the gamut from shimmering pop melodies to harder, techno-inspired electro-rock. Now, after the U.S. release of the group's second album, Hot Chip is capturing attention here, as well.
Over the course of her nearly two-decade career, singer/songwriter Joan Osborne has gone from relative obscurity to Lilith Fair mainstay to venerated cult act. Combining rootsy, folk-driven Americana with blues, rock and pop, Osborne's music has the peculiar quality of seeming familiar and original at the same time.
Sting first became known as the lead singer of the immensely popular pop/rock/punk group The Police, but he's maintained success throughout his ever-evolving solo career, which began after the band broke up at the height of its popularity in 1984.
Simon is one of music's most venerated icons: His career started 50 years ago, when he and Art Garfunkel and began writing pop songs tinged with folk, rock and world music. As a solo act, Simon has found critical and commercial success with the likes of Graceland and the recent Surprise.
Petra Haden and her occasional cohorts in The Sellouts make wonderfully unclassifiable music: Their music is so varied that one category can't suffice. Haden mixes classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and pop, often performing some unusual combination a cappella.
Violist Kallie Ciechomski, clarinetist Jonathan Cohen and host Christopher O'Riley close the show with a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Trio in E-flat, K. 498, Rondo. This performance originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.
Violinists Adam Chin and Calvin Kuo pair up to perform a new piece written by one of their peers, 13-year-old Jeremiah Klarman's Duet No.1 in C Major for Two Violins, 3rd mvt. This performance originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.
Violist Kallie Ciechomski, 17, is a boarding student at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass. "Viola is really at the center of my life, and the school reflects that," she says. Kallie performs Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Sonata, Op. 5, No. 3, 3rd mvt. This musical segment originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.
Pianist Leeza Ali, 12, is third in the line of talented sisters, all of whom performed on From the Top's radio show at the age of twelve. Leeza grew up listening to the sounds of her older sisters playing piano and violin. In addition to playing piano, Leeza plays a variety of percussion instruments in her school band. She performs Mozart's Sonata in F major, K.332, 3rd mvt. This musical segment originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.
Clarinetist Jonathan Cohen, 17, comes from a long line of musicians, including his grandparents, cousins, uncles, and siblings. Both of his parents are professional musicians — his mother is a cellist and his father is a clarinetist. He performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622, 1st mvt. This musical segment originally aired on Oct. 18, 2006.
Sasha Dobson has spent the last ten years crafting a unique fusion of Brazilian and American jazz. Her sultry voice and extensive performance experience foretells success, especially with Modern Romance, which includes genre-bending covers of Duke Ellington and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Arthur's music is driven by simple melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. Each song has its own driving force — a wistful backup groove, a driving guitar riff or Arthur's own mournful voice. His music sounds heavily influenced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin, but the inspiration may not be one-sided.