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These finely edited features present the music and voices of artists discussing their songs, their sounds, their bands, their lives and their creative influences.
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Now with over 2,500 audio segments bringing music fans, musicians and music closer together.
- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Yearly Archives: 2002
Tom Paxton has spent his life in folk music. On "Waiting for the Moon," he presents the musical equivalent of a family photo album. The songs are filled with intimacy, joy, sorrow and the accumulated perspectives and reflections of a … Continue reading
"Vera of Las Vegas" is an entertaining and provocative opera by Composer Daron Hagen and Librettist Paul Muldoon. The clever story mixes sleazy culture and big questions, while the contemporary music has many references to 20th century pop and stage … Continue reading
"For Sale" is Tom Burris’ first recording since the lead singer of Jabbering Trout embarked on a solo career. Burris is thoughtful writer with a subversive streak – his lyrics can be taken at face value but there’s more to … Continue reading
Echo is singer/keyboardist/composer Joy Askew, trumpeter/ composer Takuya Nakamura and guitarist Mark Wood. Their compelling and intriguing music is electronic jazz–standards and originals set to an intriguing mix of sonic pads and composed tracks. By merging the classic and cutting-edge, … Continue reading
Abenaa is a talented singer-songwriter whose soul- and rock-inflected debut offers glimpses into her personal search for meaning and inspiration. "My songs educate me about where my life is at the moment," Abenaa says – and it’s true. The CD, … Continue reading
Jen Chapin’s and Stephan Crump’s recording debut, "Open Wide," is a distinctive musical pairing of her voice and his acoustic bass. Their sound is often described as ‘urban folk,’ but that description doesn’t quite do justice to Chapin’s singing or … Continue reading
Guitarist Vernon Reid, D.J. Logic and their many musical friends are the Yohimbe Brothers, a new group playing a futuristic mix of funk, hip hop, rock, jazz and electronic music. Their CD, "Front End Lifter," is an upbeat collection of … Continue reading
Chris Whitley doesn’t consider himself a singer, or a songwriter, or a guitar player – even though that’s what he does. He’d call himself an ‘expressionist,’ akin to those early 20th century painters who wanted to evoke deeper feelings than … Continue reading
Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland’s best-known contemporary singer-songwriters. Not only does she have a fabulous voice, but her writing is unusually vivid – describing scenes and emotional exchanges from real life. "Yola" was produced by McEvoy and Brian Connor, … Continue reading