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The three guys from Montreal, all talented instrumentalists, just released their sophomore album, La La Land. The record is tighter and heavier than their first, more loosely structured effort, Parc Avenue. The band plays its new songs live at the WXPN studios.
Alan Sparhawk is known largely for his work in the famously slow-moving band Low, but he doesn't always drive 55. His side project, which also features Low bassist Steve Garrington, boosts the tempo to cathartic effect. Hear Retribution Gospel Choir's full in-studio set at The Current in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
The glitchy techno DJ turned soul revivalist has explored many genres and methods of music-making over the years, but his latest album, Compass features a full band and collaboration with Beck. Listen to the set here.
Bianca and Sierra Casady make strange but beautiful music together as CocoRosie. Imagine a cabaret interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien and you're getting close. Listen to the siblings perform four songs from their new album, Grey Oceans, on KEXP.
Shins frontman James Mercer and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, are proof that sometimes genius really does love company. Their self-titled album earlier this year was voted by All Songs Considered listeners as one of the best of year (so far). Hear the duo live on WXPN.
After 25 years in the music business, the Boston singer-songwriter calls herself a "survivor," but admits that she wants to become a legend. Listen to her invite-only show at WFUV in New York City, on which she appears with fellow singer Erin McKeown.
This Los Angeles blues-rock band is led by Reeve Carney, the future star of U2's Broadway interpretation of Spider-Man. Yes, you read that correctly. Before hitting the theater district, his band stopped by the WXPN studios.
One of the latest talents to emerge from Denton, Texas, owns a fantastic voice and the writing chops to match. Fresh off tours with Norah Jones and Lou Barlow, Jaffe and her band stop by KUT in Austin for an in-studio performance.
The young pianist toured with both Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock while still a student. Since graduating, he's been writing original music on a sweeping, cinematic scale. In a session, Collin performs original tunes and standards by Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.
After a couple of Broken Social Scene Presents... "solo" records, the long running Canadian band returns with a collective, collaborative effort in Forgiveness Rock Record. Hear an interview with founder Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin along with a studio session on World Cafe.
The 82-year-old jazz and blues songwriter has drifted between genres for most of his life. After a 13-year break from the studio, he's back with a new album, with some help from producer Joe Henry. Hear a special session with Allison on WFUV in New York City.