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Based out of Austin, Tex., Spoon originated in 1994, creating music that was a mix of indie and punk rock — and drawing comparisons to the Pixies and Sonic Youth. Their new release, Gimme Fiction, is a stylish blend of rock.
California singer-songwriter Jackie Greene was discovered at an open-mic night in 2001. Since then, he's been compared to greats such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. His latest release is Sweet Somewhere Bound.
Jackie Greene in-studio on World Cafe - 07/27/2005
The Ditty Bops' self-titled debut album features the sweet, toe-tapping melodies of Amanda Barrett and Abby DeWald. The duo has also attracted attention for their theatrical — even outrageous — live shows.
The "band" Feist is actually Leslie Feist, who once played in a band that opened for the Ramones. She later went on to join the band Broken Social Scene. Her new solo album, Let It Die, shows Feist exploring a variety of music — including folk, bossa nova, and indie rock.
Singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd gained inspiration from Aboriginal culture while growing up in a small Australian town. He surrounds himself with guitars, percussion, and didgeridoos on his U.S. debut solo album, Solace, an eclectic mix of humanity, spirituality, and compassion.
Pianist Menahem Pressler founded the Beaux Arts Trio fifty years ago with a Beethoven concert. The chamber group recently played the Beethoven piano trio that launched the Beaux Arts Trio as an ensemble: the "Ghost" Trio.
The Beaux Arts Trio Celebrates Fifty Years of Music
Singer-songwriter John Hiatt has played in bar bands, backup bands and fronted his own groups. His songs turn into hits for other performers. He tells Liane Hansen about his music and his 21st album, Master of Disaster.
Joyce Yang won the silver medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in Fort Worth, Texas. She visited NPR recently to play the opening movement from the French Overture by Bach, and "Reminiscences of Don Juan," by Franz Liszt.
The Mountain Goats' early albums were recorded on a boombox and released on cassette tapes. While their production values have changed, their evocative, pocket-narrative lyrics are the same. Members of the band join Linda Wertheimer for an interview and performance.
In 2000, pianist Yundi Li took the gold medal at the Warsaw International Chopin Competition, becoming the first pianist in 15 years to be deemed worthy of the top prize. The young musician performs Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in NPR's Studio 4A.
Pianist Eldar Djangirov plays like a seasoned jazz artist, but he's just 18 years old. He moved to Kansas City from his native Kyrgyzstan in 1998, drawn in part by the city's jazz history. He recently stopped by NPR's Studio 4A to talk to Liane Hansen about his music and rattle the keyboard.
Singer-Songwriter Mike Doughty begins the first day of his self-proclaimed 'Small Rock World Tour' by taking caller questions and performing songs from his new album Haughty Melodic at NPR's Washington studios. Doughty is the former frontman for the group Soul Coughing.
Pianist Lang Lang exploded onto the classical music scene when he was only 17. Today, the 22-year-old Chinese native is an international musical star known for his explosive showmanship and extraordinary technical skill. He performs music by Mozart and Liszt in Studio 4A.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny stops by NPR's Washington studios for an hour of live music. Metheny, on tour for his latest CD, The Way Up, talks with John Ydstie and callers about his approach to songwriting. Metheny's new album is a single, long piece divided into four parts.