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.
As a founder of NRBQ, Terry Adams raucously blended blues, country, jazz, pop and rock from the 1960s until 2004. His new band maintains a hint of the NRBQ ethos, but performs Adams' solo work, as well as rock standards.
Terry Adams Rock And Roll Quartet In Studio On World Cafe 7/30/09
The young Israeli pianist has impressive technique, as well as a depth of insight that's rare for a 25-year-old. Kohlberg digs deep into the tangled mind and music of Robert Schumann for a studio audience at WGBH in Boston.
In a session from KEXP, Au Revoir Simone's members set the record straight: Their band name is a Pee-Wee's Big Adventure reference. They are from Brooklyn, not France. With that out of the way, the all-keyboard trio performs sweet melodies from its self-released album.
Throughout Hicks' 40-year career, his eclectic persona, wily wit and quirky combination of cowboy-folk and country-swing music have endeared him to many, including legends such as as Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. Now, after an eight-year absence, Hicks has released a new album, Tangled Tales.
British sensation Keane has built a worldwide audience for its infectious piano-rock hits. The band's new record, Perfect Symmetry, rounds out a trio of acclaimed releases, while revealing a departure from the group's characteristic sound with the introduction of synthesizers and electric guitar.
The Hot Club of Detroit is a jazz quintet that takes its inspiration from the legendary Gypsy-jazz juggernaut the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Guitarist Evan Perry follows in the footsteps of Hot Club originator Django Reinhardt, and he leads his Motor City incarnation of the group in two Reinhardt classics, "Coquette" and "Nuages."
WFUV's New York City home is more than a thousand miles from New Orleans. But on a recent fine day, a favorite son of the Crescent City brought his city's sounds to the station's Studio-A piano. Throughout the session, pianist Allen Toussaint led the way down through the different "musics" of New Orleans.
The former leader of Booker T and the MGs has been jamming for nearly four decades, paving the way for countless forms of funk and soul music. The organist's latest album, Potato Hole, is his first solo release in 20 years.
At the head of the '60s and '70s soul revival is a six-man collective of hip-hop, funk, and gritty soul influences - The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams. The sextet produced their debut in November and critics have been praising its daring hybrid style and the pure soul so evident in every one of the seven songs.
Austin singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves has been writing meaningful music for many years, but his new album (Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away) is a game-changer. Cleaves recently stopped by KUT's Studio 1A to share some of his new songs.
Slaid Cleaves Performs In Studio 1a For KUT 7/17/09
The band's folk-pop sound revolves around simple melodies, sparse drumming and captivating vocals. Last year, the duo went on a West Coast bicycle tour, which took Blind Pilot from Vancouver to San Francisco. During this time, the pair recorded 3 Rounds and a Sound, a warm but haunting debut.
Since 2002, The Horse's Ha has featured Chicago scene veterans James Elkington and Janet Beveridge Bean. On their debut album, Of the Cathmawr Yards, they demonstrate undeniable talent and a unique vision. The veterans have found common ground with a somber folk aesthetic and dreamy jazz rhythms.
A lot of talented artists pass by Bob Boilen's desk. But this was the first time that NPR Music was serenaded by a trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba and truncated drum kit playing a Rufus Wainwright cover (and several clever originals) in rich, soulful polyphony.
He was one of the greatest cabaret performers of the 20th century: a powerful singer whose "two-fisted" piano playing never overpowered his infectious warmth. Piano Jazz continues its 30th-anniversary celebration with an encore broadcast featuring Short from the very first season.
With its unique merger of warped pop hooks and classic Americana, Cracker has won a devoted following in its 15 years together. On Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, frontman Dave Lowery sounds as sharp and cynical as ever.