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For more than 40 years, the ska and reggae legends in Toots and the Maytals have been known worldwide for their unique fusion of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Hear the band in an interview and performance from WXPN.
What began as a purveyor of electronic rock and pop instrumentals turned into a full-on band when Broken Social Scene members Amy Millan and Evan Cranley joined Stars. The group's latest album is full of sensitive songs about love and war. Hear an interview and performance.
Land of Sea, Chris and Thomas' first full-length album, features sparse acoustic arrangements, distinguished by a refreshingly organic and harmony-drenched style. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.
This year, Sondre Lerche has had a regular studio album, Phantom Punch, and done the entire soundtrack for the film Dan in Real Life. Lerche talks about bursting through to the mainstream and performs a few songs live.
This week, From the Top comes from the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, Vermont, and includes a teen violinist from Woodstock playing Fritz Kreisler, a French horn player performing Strauss, and a 16-year-old pianist from Pittsburgh who is carrying out his grandfather's musical legacy.
The pianist has performed with legends such as Chet Baker and Lee Konitz and earned accolades from Pacific Northwest jazz publications. His playful variations and improvisations are often compared to Bill Evans. Hear an interview and performance recorded by KPLU.
For many, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about traveling home to be with loved ones, so Melissa Block travels to Nashville to hear the country-inflected singer-songwriter Kim Richey and her band perform songs about home, travel and love.
Soulfege offers more grooves and answers questions about the group's purpose. They say, despite being Harvard graduates, they haven't forgotten their strong cultural ties. The band explains how they are still able to connect with audiences in both the U.S. and Africa.
The musical group Soulfege is making a name for themselves with their eclectic mix of West African, reggae and hip-hop music. Members of the group recently visited NPR for an in-studio performance of some of their biggest hits. The band talks about their commitment to making music with a positive message.
The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. Hear the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter in an interview and performance from Folk Alley.
This week, From the Top comes from San Antonio, Texas. The talented Texans include a 16-year-old baritone from Fort Worth performing Handel and a 16-year-old clarinetist from Duncanville, playing Carl Maria von Weber. And a special guest, the composer and fiddler Mark O'Connor, makes music with all of the kids on today's show. This program originally aired Apr. 4, 2007.
Nellie McKay made a splash in 2004 with her debut CD, Get Away From Me. McKay's latest, Obligatory Villagers, is a jazz- and cabaret-inflected outing with sassy lyrics on topics as diverse as feminism and zombies. McKay joins Terry Gross for a Fresh Air concert and conversation.