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
Playing under the name The Swell Season, Irish singer Glen Hansard and Czech newcomer Marketa Irglova sing affecting folk-rock songs with blissful harmonies. Hear the stars of the sleeper hit musical Once recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
The Swell Season in Concert on All Songs Considered - 07/26/2007
Gogol Bordello is a spectacle. The wildly exuberant, multi-ethnic group from New York City makes frenetic music that's part punk rock, part Gypsy folk, part Cabaret. The band is famous for its costumed live shows that often stretch for more than two explosive hours.
Gogol Bordello in Concert on All Songs Considered - 07/18/2007
Emerging in the late '90s as one of the U.K.'s most passionate and infectious rock bands, Travis helped inspire a wave of new Britpop groups that included acts like Coldplay and Keane. The group is now on tour for its most inspired album in years.
Travis in Concert on All Songs Considered - 07/16/2007
A veritable superstar in his native Nigeria, Femi Kuti is the standard bearer for Afro-beat, the blend of American jazz and funk with African percussion and vocals pioneered by his father, Fela Kuti in the 1970s. Hear Femi Kuti recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
Femi Kuti in Concert on All Songs Considered - 07/13/2007
With two-dozen uniformed members, The Polyphonic Spree is more like a small army than a band. True to its image, the Dallas-based group makes high-energy, symphonic rock with the exuberance of a heavenly choir. Hear the band in concert.
Polyphonic Spree in Concert on All Songs Considered - 06/30/2007
Richard Thompson has been making inspired music for forty years. A guitar virtuoso, early innovator of the British folk-rock movement, and one of the era's finest songwriters, his distinctive style as an artist has influenced two generations of musicians and poets.
Richard Thompson in Concert on All Songs Considered - 06/22/2007
The National make thoughtful, melancholy rock in the spirit of Joy Division or Leonard Cohen, with singer Matt Berninger's warm baritone voice set against deftly orchestrated instrumentation that's as epic as it is intimate. Hear the group recorded live in concert on NPR.org.
The National in Concert on All Songs Considered - 06/20/2007
Rufus Wainwright makes richly orchestrated, theatrical pop music inspired by the traditions of cabaret, musicals and opera. Hear Wainwright perform selections from his latest CD, Release the Stars, in a full concert recorded live from New York's Gramercy Theater.