With the release of Boys and Girls in America, The Hold Steady solidified its place among the best rock bands in the U.S. With classic riffs and literate storytelling, it's been dubbed the thinking man's bar band. Hear The Hold Steady recorded live in concert with Art Brut, from Washington, D.C.
Broken Social Scene is one of the most accomplished bands in indie-rock. Its dozen-plus members have made some of the best albums of recent years, either in side projects (Metric, Stars) or solo (Emily Haines, Feist.) Hear the band recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
When Nickel Creek began as a bluegrass trio in 1989, its pre-teen members stunned audiences with their remarkable musical gifts. Since then, their sound has evolved into progressive acoustic music, but they're calling it quits. Hear Nickel Creek recorded live in concert in one of the band's final performances.
With stunning vocals from Neko Case and playfully cerebral narratives from songwriters Dan Bejar and A.C. Newman, the Canadian band is virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock. The band gives a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
The Austin rock band Spoon has been making tight, adventurous art-pop for nearly 15 years. Hear the group online in a full concert recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club with opening act The Ponys.
Drawing on Bob Dylan's penchant for evocative poetry and Bruce Springsteen's gift for wrapping complex issues in homey narratives, Ritter is becoming the standard-bearer for a new generation of Americana artists. Hear him recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
Josh Ritter in Concert on All Songs Considered - 10/09/2007
With just a gently played acoustic guitar and a soft voice, Gonzalez makes lovely, memorable music. His radical reworking of others' songs, along with his own delicate folk, have made Gonzalez an indie favorite in the U.S. Hear him in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
Propelled by the cryptic songwriting of frontman Will Sheff, Okkervil River makes dark, literate rock that's as explosive as it is intimate. Now on tour with one of the year's best albums, The Stage Names, Okkervil River visits Washington, D.C. for a full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org.
Okkervil River in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/30/2007
When soft became the new loud in indie circles a few years ago, Iron and Wine quickly stepped ahead of the pack as the most arresting of the whispery, lo-fi new-folk artists. Led by the gentle-voiced Sam Beam, the group makes morose and mysterious music. Hear the band in a full concert.
Iron and Wine in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/29/2007
Animal Collective makes sound collages its members describe as "sonic freeform electronic horror gospel hip-hop soul pop madness." The results are inventive and playfully refreshing. Hear the band in a full concert, recorded live on NPR.org.
Animal Collective in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/28/2007
The hauntingly soulful voice of singer Jenny Lewis has drawn legions of fans to the L.A. band Rilo Kiley. Now on tour in support of Under the Blacklight, Rilo Kiley visits Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club for a full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org Sept. 26.
Rilo Kiley in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/26/2007
Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice and Brooklyn rock band Bishop Allen take the stage for a night of smart, adventurous pop music, webcast live on NPR.org. Bishop Allen opens the performance from Washington, D.C.'s Rock and Roll Hotel.
John Vanderslice in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/22/2007
The Apples in Stereo first emerged in the early '90s as part of a collective with a shared love of lo-fi, neo-psychedelic rock. The band continues with one of 2007's most inspired and ambitious recordings. Hear The Apples in Stereo live in concert from Washington, D.C.
The Apples in Stereo in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/19/2007
A sharp-witted English singer-songwriter, Lowe has been making music for more than 30 years, first as a pub rocker and later as a new-wave innovator and country-rock singer. Now a distinguished crooner, Lowe performs a full concert from Alexandria, VA.
Nick Lowe in Concert on All Songs Considered - 09/17/2007