Studio Sessions Musicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.

In Studio: Ben Kweller's Country Makeover

As a teenager, the singer-songwriter was already touring the world with his rock band. His new album takes him back to before then, when country music blasted out of Texas radio stations. He performs a solo acoustic set in NPR's Studio 4A.

In Studio: Ben Kweller's Country Makeover

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Billy Childs On Piano Jazz

The pianist was a young artist on the rise when he first appeared on Piano Jazz in 1993. He's now known for his blend of chamber-music instrumentation and small-group jazz interplay. In this performance, Childs goes back to his jazz roots.

Billy Childs On Piano Jazz

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Simone Dinnerstein Plays Bach Old And New

American Public Media

Two years ago, the Brooklyn-based pianist launched her career with a top-selling Bach CD. In the Performance Today studios, she presents more from the master, as well as a new set of variations on a Bach melody.

Hear Dinnerstein Play Bach In The 'Performance Today' Studio

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Danish Space Rock

XPN

Spacey and adventurous, this duo from Copenhagen experiments with funk, folk, soul and '60s psychedelia. Its album Fruit has yet to be released, but the band has already enjoyed considerable success opening for Amy Winehouse. Hear the duo perform a session on World Cafe.

Fruit

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Franz Nicolay: A Punk-Rock Cabaret

XPN

Known for his waxed mustache and theatrical keyboard work with The Hold Steady, Nicolay has just released a solo album, Major General. Nicolay blends punk, rock and cabaret into a rollicking showcase.

Franz Nicolay in Studio on World Cafe

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El Guincho: Hypnotic Dance Music

KEXP

Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to KEXP, it was as if the studio had been transformed into a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.

El Guincho in Studio on KEXP 11/24/08

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Sharon Little: Songs From The Road

XPN

The soulful pop singer was working as a waitress at the start of 2008, but it didn't take her long to grab a spot as the opening act for Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T-Bone Burnett on their Raising Sand tour. Though she might be called an overnight sensation, Little has been honing her bluesy, jazzy style for years.

Sharon Little in Studio on World Cafe 2/24/09

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Derek Trucks: Blues With Family Roots

XPN

At 15, Trucks formed the Derek Trucks Band. Six albums later, the group is still jamming out blues- and soul-inspired rock. In this studio session, host David Dye chats with Trucks and special guest Susan Tedeschi about his new album, Already Free.

Derek Trucks in Studio on World Cafe 1/23/2009

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Michael Franti And Spearhead: Rebels, Relaxed

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

A winter chill in New York City couldn't temper the genre-blending group's mellow attitude and natural charisma. In a recent trip to WFUV's studios, activist and frontman Franti led his band into an interview and studio performance.

A Little Bit of Riddim

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The Spinto Band: Infectious Indie-Rockers

XPN

Often compared to The Flaming Lips and Pavement for its complex indie-pop sound, The Spinto Band draws from the music of Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and many other acts with Bs in their names. Its latest album is Moonwink.

The Spinto Band in Studio on World Cafe 2/19/09

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Bell X1: The Lillywhite Session

XPN

The Irish rock band Bell X-1 has just returned with a new album of catchy pop and electronica, Blue Lights on the Runway. It's also back on World Cafe for a special session with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite.

Bell X1 in Studio on World Cafe 2/18/09

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Ximena Sarinana: Passionate And Inventive

XPN

After making her debut on the telenovela Luz Clarita, Sarinana became a household name in Mexico. Now, with the release of her solo album Mediocre, the 23-year-old has become an international success.

Ximena Sariñana in Studio on World Cafe 2/17/09

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M. Ward In Performance

WNYC Radio

To mark the Feb. 17 release of his new record, Hold Time, singer-guitarist M. Ward gives a special solo performance. Hear selections from the new album, recorded live from the studios of WNYC in New York. The acoustic performance includes an interview with M. Ward as he takes questions from listeners, WNYC's Alana Harper and All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

Listen To M. Ward

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Tim O'Brien: A 'Chameleon' Unto Himself

WKSU

O'Brien is a folksinger who isn't afraid to stray from tradition now and again. From his days in Hot Rize until now, he's become a force in roots music as a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and more. Here, he shares music from his latest, Chameleon, in a session from Folk Alley.

Patricia Barber Plays A Special 'Funny Valentine'

She's best known for her original songwriting, but her cool, insinuating delivery is perfect for classics, too. She visits NPR's Studio 4A for a performance from her latest album, The Cole Porter Mix — plus a certain Valentine's Day standard.

Patricia Barber Plays A Special 'Funny Valentine'

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