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.
Frank Morgan on the cover of City Nights.
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Moren plays songs from his debut solo album, The Last Tycoon. Better known as one-third of the critically acclaimed trio Peter Bjorn and John, Moren favors a folksy approach over the meticulous pop of his main band.
Despite his high profile and popularity in the industry, the former Jayhawks singer-songwriter has a low-key, almost shy demeanor. The alt-country pioneer performs songs from his first solo CD, Vagabonds, in an interview and performance on WFUV.
Bonneville's songs are full of characters who stumble their way through a rough-and-tumble world of violence, hope, and despair. In four videos from Folk Alley, Bonneville stomps his cowboy boots on a piece of wood and tells his stories.
When he began in the early '70s, Phillips offered a rare combination: He's both a talented musician and a stand-out vocalist. Phillips has always stayed one step ahead of the curve, while remaining just below the radar. He plays old and new songs in a session from WXPN.
In the past eight years, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have made five albums, married and had two children. The pair, who record as Mates of State, stop by the Bryant Park Project studios to play from their new album, Re-Arrange Us.
Mates of State 'Re-Arrange Us,' to Excellent Effect
A bright young storyteller with a mesmerizing stage presence, English singer-songwriter David Ford has released two albums of dark, dramatic rock that brings to mind the works of Damien Rice, among others. Hear Ford in an interview and performance from WXPN.
Nine music majors at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University are also part of the schools vocal jazz ensemble AfroBlue. Michele Norris talks with the group's director, Connaitre Miller, and listens as the students demonstrate "crunchy" harmonies on a familiar tune, as well as some smooth chords on a cappella versions of "Surrey with a Fringe on Top" and "Sometimes I'm Happy."
For 30 years, the English singer-songwriter has helped define and redefine pop, rock, alternative, and new-wave music, when he's not delving extensively into classical composition. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
Propelled by a catchy first single called "Boston" (featured on the NBC sitcom Scrubs), Augustana has released its second album, Can't Love, Can't Hurt. Three of the band's members perform in NPR's studio 4A.
Pianist Laurence Hobgood has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene for years. He has recently come to prominence as pianist, musical director and co-producer for the much-celebrated jazz singer Kurt Elling. The pianist gives an interview and performance on Piano Jazz.
The Black Keys enlisted Danger Mouse as producer of their first album recorded in a real studio. The resulting collection takes their minimalist sound into a new dimension, with unexpected arrangements and expanded instrumentation. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
On the group's third album, Made in the Dark, Hot Chip adds distortion to the mix. Exploding with background synths, soul influences, and Alexis Taylor's airy vocals, the band moves into ballad territory more than before. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.