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Piano Prodigy Matt Savage on Piano Jazz

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.

Matt Savage in Studio on Piano Jazz 12/4/06

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Nick Lowe: Rogue, Misanthrope, Elder Statesman

XPN

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.

Nick Lowe in Studio on World Cafe - 06/19/2007

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Okkervil River Already Looking Ahead

KUT 90.5

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.

Okkervil River in Studio on KUT 10/09/07

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Andrew Bird: Defying Categorization

XPN

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.

Andrew Bird: Defying Categorization

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Bright Eyes: New Ideas from a 'New Dylan'

XPN

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."

Bright Eyes: New Ideas from a 'New Dylan'

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Young Musicians Perform in Mechanics Hall

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.

Young Musicians Perform in Mechanics Hall

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Brian Setzer: Blitzen's Big Band Blitz

XPN

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.

Brian Setzer: Blitzen's Big Band Blitz

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Charlie Louvin: Country Meets Gospel, Again

XPN

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.

Charlie Louvin: Country Meets Gospel, Again

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Shout Out Louds: Joyous and Energetic

XPN

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

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Mozart with Muscle: Pacifica Quartet at WGBH

WGBH Radio

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.

Mozart with Muscle: Pacifica Quartet at WGBH

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Cass McCombs: Enigmatic and Complicated

XPN

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.

Cass McCombs in Studio on World Cafe 12/19/07

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Young Musicians Flourish in Philadelphia

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.

Young Musicians Flourish in Philadelphia

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In a Musical Oasis with Andrew Bird

KEXP

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

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Michael Hurley: Original Folk Style

XPN

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.

Michael Hurley in Studio on World Cafe 12/18/07

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Georgie James: John Davis (drummer of D.C.'s Q And Not U) and singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Georgie James Builds 'Monument' In Two Days

The duo makes smart, infectious pop with tight harmonies and jangling guitars. It's an upbeat and innocent sound, heard most recently on Places. Georgie James visits NPR's Studio 4A for Project Song.