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.
Wearing dark shades throughout its session at The Current, Glasvegas played with only two members for a sort of ambient-inspired folk sound. Wading through the strong Glasgow accents might be difficult for the untrained ear, but the music of Glasvegas connects the dots.
The California native found his way from West Coast beaches to the swamps of New Orleans to perfect his soulful, '70s-style blues-rock. Lindell draws on his travels around the country to infuse his new album, Gulf Coast Highway, with funky grooves, touches of soul and a bit of honky-tonk.
Keene's songbook contains some of the best rock to come out of the '80s post-punk era. Balancing his roles as a solo artist and a hired gun for acts like Robert Pollard and Paul Westerberg, Keene has earned acclaim for his hook-writing mastery and thunderous guitar work. There's a healthy dose of both on Keene's latest release, In the Late Bright.
Unique in sound and technique, School of Seven Bells has an electronic, dreamy sound that feels both abstract and carefully crafted. The group takes an unconventional approach to its music, composing ethereal melodies only after the lyrics are written. The result is a collection of airy "mountain-climbing songs" called Alpinisms.
School of Seven Bells in Studio on World Cafe 4/29/09
Ponderosa Stomp is a music festival dedicated to the unsung heroes of solid American roots music. The annual event is a rocking showcase of jazz, soul, funk, rockabilly and swamp-pop combined into two days of non-stop jamming. Hear exclusive performances from Ponderosa Stomp and a chat with the festival's founder: Ira Padnos, a.k.a. "Dr. Ike."
The Israeli-born songwriter took a grassroots approach for his debut album by releasing it on his own label, A Quarter Past Wonderful. Quiet melodies, weightless layers of strings and percussion are the result of his three years working on The Opposite Side of the Sea.
The Brooklyn band runs its own studio, where it records and holds underground shows. The Mugs recently brought an intriguing musical blend to KEXP's New York studio, where its members showed off their layered voices and horns.
Or, how a boy met a girl — and formed a successful electronic music duo. Robert Barber and Mary Pearson may not be a couple, but in a performance and interview for WNYC's Soundcheck, they say their music is a composite of their two characters.
After taking a break from touring with the bluesy rock duo The Black Keys, Auerbach produced his first solo album, Keep It Hid, from his self-built analog recording studio. Driven by reverb and riffs, Auerbach's solo work sounds authentic, blunt and powerful.
The Irish singer makes her solo debut with Sea Sew, a beautifully lush record with violin, cello and glockenspiel lending timeless charm. Her songs are unassuming and engaging, while the album comes complete with hand-sewn liner notes.
The Australian's career began at 13, when she landed a contract with Island Records. Lessons to Be Learned has been released to international praise on the strength of her powerhouse vocals and hit single "Sweet About Me."
After he was hit by a taxi he'd just left, Findlay Brown spent three months on a couch. As he rested with a cast on his leg, he began to download classic doo-wop and early-'60s rock 'n' roll. In a session from WFUV, Brown plays songs from his new Phil Spector-inspired album, Love Will Find You.
Malian husband-and-wife duo Amadou and Mariam began recording together in the 1980s, and soon flourished by adding Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets and Indian tablas to their infectious African blues-rock, Western pop and funk. On their new album, Welcome to Mali, the pair sings in English and French instead of their native Bambara.
It's the tradition of jazz to interact with contemporary popular music, which is exactly what The Bad Plus does. Having just added rock singer Wendy Lewis to its lineup, the energetic jazz trio performs new standards from Nirvana and The Bee Gees in a session from Jazz24.
Once a hidden gem in Portland's folk scene, the singer-songwriter has released a sixth studio album, Hold Time, showcasing exceptional musical arrangements. In a smattering of new songs and covers, M. Ward adds an intriguing sense of unfamiliarity to well-loved and time-honored folk rhythms.