Studio SessionsMusicians 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.
At 19, Mayfield has a mature sound that seems evolved beyond her years, and she's already attracted attention as a featured vocalist with her friends in The Black Keys. She performs music from debut album, With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt, in a session from WXPN.
As a founding member of The Jayhawks, Gary Louris co-wrote some of alt-country's finest albums with vocalist and guitarist Mark Olson. Louris strikes out on his own on Vagabonds, his first solo CD. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
Spottiswoode and His Enemies have long been a staple of the New York City scene. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the band released two new albums. Hear an interview and performance with lead man Jonathan Spottiswoode.
The sound of beat boxing has been the background to generations of hip-hop music. But one man is using the form to express a political message of peace for the Middle East. Performer Yuri Lane talks about his one-man show, From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beat Box Journey.
The Vancouver indie-pop supergroup The New Pornographers includes some of the foremost songwriters of the genre. With four critically acclaimed albums behind the band, its success continues unabated. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
The New Pornographers in Studio on World Cafe 1/25/08
In Huntsville, Alabama, From the Top's gifted young musicians include a bassoonist who tests the limit of her instrument; a pianist with a phenomenal memory; a 13-year-old guitarist with a work especially composed for him, and a teenage soprano who uses her substantial voice for both singing and cheering for her favorite sports teams. And a special guest, the accomplished opera singer Angela Brown, performs with two of the young musicians.
When the San Francisco-based funk-soul band Orgone came to the KEXP studios in Seattle, the group had listeners everywhere dancing in their cubicles. Among original funk songs led by guitar wizard Sergio Rios, Orgone also performed covers by Isaac Hayes and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
Best known for his acting roles in movies like The Purple Rose of Cairo and Terms of Endearment, Jeff Daniels has joined the music world. His music is full of blues riffs and folk-guitar playing with witty lyrics. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
Countless one-hit wonders littered the alt-rock landscape in the mid-'90s, but some had far more staying power than they were given credit for. Today, after label woes and false starts, Nada Surf is doing better than ever. Hear the trio in an interview and performance from WXPN.
With more than 500 tunes to his name, John Darnielle can't be accused of slacking. But when the man behind The Mountain Goats visited the WNYC studios, Darnielle (a prolific songwriter, former nurse, heavy metal expert, and author) showed off his many talents.
The Mountain Goats in Studio on Soundcheck - 03/11/2008
Country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt has just returned from Paris where — while taking a break from a grueling tour schedule — she wrote the songs for her latest album, Another Country. Merritt and her longtime band play songs and take questions about the new album.
Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas of The BoDeans sit down to give an interview and play songs from their new album, Still. The band is probably best known for performing the theme song to the '90s TV drama Party of Five: "Closer to Free."
Behind Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol, elements of surf-rock, spy music, and Bollywood soundtracks are all filtered through Dengue Fever's indie-rock sound. The group's third album, Venus on Earth, is its first to feature all-original songs.
In its "Pipsqueak Highlights Show," From the Top revisits performances by very young musicians, accomplished beyond their years, including a 12-year-old violinist with a virtuoso showpiece by Wieniawski and an eight-year-old pianist who plays Debussy. This show originally aired January 24, 2007
On her latest self-titled CD, versatile Canadian jazz vocalist Holly Cole explores the theme of self-deception. Her song choices reflect lyrics that deal with implication instead of literal statements. In an interview and performance on KPLU, Cole shares songs that say a lot between the lines.