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Savage is a 14-year-old piano genius — an exceptional feat for anyone, much less a young man who has been diagnosed with autism. On Piano Jazz, he's given free reign to show off his enthusiasm for jazz and improvisation.
In a music career spanning more than 40 years, Lowe has profoundly affected the music industry as a singer, songwriter and producer. In recent years, he's established himself as a lovably acerbic pop legend.
On The Stage Names, Okkervil River's songs are sad and happy, sometimes at the same time. In an interview and performance from KUT, the band plays new songs and describes the origin of its sound, touring, South by Southwest, insomnia and influences.
Throughout his decade-long career, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has skillfully blended rock, folk, jazz and retro swing music. The new Armchair Apocrypha continues his trend toward a more crowd-pleasing sound.
As the primary musical vehicle for Omaha wunderkind Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes has experienced a meteoric rise in the past few years, as fans and critics have embraced the literate, emotional songs of a singer often tagged "The New Bob Dylan."
This week, From the Top comes from historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., where a 16-year-old pianist performs lively etudes by John Harbison, a 13-year-old violinist plays Brahms, and a young woodwind quintet plays Hindemith. Also, a talented teen trumpeter tackles a terrific sonata.
Brian Setzer got his start in the '80s rockabilly band Stray Cats with hits like "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut." From the '90s until now, his main gig has been with his 17-piece big band, with six albums and Grammy Awards in tow. Hear a special holiday interview and performance from WXPN.
This year, Louvin released his first studio album in more than 10 years. The self-titled disc contains reworked versions of the country-gospel legend's songs, featuring guest vocals from a wide variety of big names, including Elvis Costello and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
A Swedish indie-pop band, The Shout Out Louds made its debut in 2002 with Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. The group infuses its sound with a tinge of '80s synth-pop, embellished with strings and xylophones. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
The Shout Out Louds in Studio on World Cafe 12/20/07
The adventurous Pacifica Quartet approaches Mozart string quartets as if they were miniature operas. The group taps into the lyrical and dramatic sides of Mozart's so-called "Dissonance" quartet in the studios of WGBH in Boston.
Cass McCombs is an ingenious and unorthodox singer/songwriter. His influences range from The Velvet Underground to Morrissey, and his style blends folk and art-pop. Hear an interview and in-studio performance by the musician from WXPN.
This week, From the Top comes from Verizon Hall at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where today's talented teens are from the Philadelphia area. Among them is a clarinetist performing Brahms, a teenage piano trio with a fiery performance of music by Piazzolla, and a youth chamber orchestra joining forces with a 12-year-old organist in music by Vitali.
Bird has developed a unique sound originating in blues, folk and rock. Armchair Apocrypha, the singer's eighth full-length album in ten years, showcases his ongoing evolution. Hear a performance recorded live at the Bumbershoot Festival.
Hear a performance recorded live at the Bumbershoot Festival
Michael Hurley is an American folksinger, guitarist and fiddler who became a part of the Greenwich Village music scene in the late '60s and '70s. Devendra Banhart and Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic have just released his new album. Hear an interview and performance.