Emily Haines makes ethereal, piano-driven songs that are dark and gloomy, but utterly infectious. Haines visits Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club with her backing band The Soft Skeleton for a night of music originally webcast live on NPR.org Jan. 10.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ray LaMontagne makes mellow, sometimes dark, poetry songs with delicate string arrangements and warmly textured atmospherics. He brings his music to Washington, DC's 9:30 Club for a full concert.
Cat Power is the music of Chan Marshall, a Southern-born singer-songwriter with a soulful, heart-wrenching voice. In a decade-long career, her music has evolved from spare, angst-ridden rock to lush, warm soul, while always intimate and mesmerizing. Hear Cat Power in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
Riding a wave of popularity for its playfully choreographed videos, wit and hyper-catchy pop hooks, OK Go has generated the kind of cult following and buzz most bands could only dream of. The group brings its wildly animated live show to Washington, D.C.
Portland, Oregon's literate and theatrical rock group The Decemberists have just released what some critics are calling the year's best album. Hear selections from The Crane Wife and some of the band's earlier albums in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has a hauntingly soulful voice. Her latest CD, Rabbit Fur Coat is inspired by her lifelong love for folk, country and Southern gospel, with beautifully crafted story songs. Hear Lewis in a full concert recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
Boise, Idaho's Built to Spill has been making smart, catchy, sometimes trippy guitar rock for nearly 15 years. Hear the band recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club, with Camper Van Beethoven.
The brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces make wildly experimental music thats as playful as it is unpredictable. Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, on tour for their latest CD Bitter Tea, visit Washington, D.C. for a night of music originally webcast live on NPR.org June 30.
Britain's experimental rock group Gomez is known for blurring lines between musical forms and genres, creating an entirely original sound nearly impossible to pin down to any one style. The band visited Washington, D.C. for a full concert June 22, webcast live on NPR.org with jazz trio The Bad Plus.
A quarter century after the group first formed in New York, Sonic Youth remains one of rock's more inspired, creative bands. Now on tour for their 20th album, Rather Ripped, the trio visits Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club for a full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org.