What is BehindTheBeat?
Listen and enjoy our library of over 600 audio portraits of artists and their albums for free.
These finely edited features present the music and voices of artists discussing their songs, their sounds, their bands, their lives and their creative influences.
Search below by artist name or by genre to hear your favorite musicians, and to discover new ones!
Now with over 2,500 audio segments bringing music fans, musicians and music closer together.
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
- Cory Branan: The No-Hit Wonder
- Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours
- Bryan Andrew Wilson: The One Percent
- Bryan Popin: You Can Make It
- Nathan East: Nathan East
- Dan Wilson: Love Without Fear
- Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane: Playing With Other People’s Heads – Songs
- David Nail: I’m A Fire
- Emerson Hart: Beauty In Disrepair
- Eric Paslay: Eric Paslay
- The Autumn Defense: Fifth
- Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie
- The Milk Carton Kids: The Ash & Clay
- Deana Carter: Southern Way Of Life
- Bryce Dessner: Ahyem
- Brandy Clark: 12 Stories
- Lucy Wainwright Roche: There’s A Last Time For Everything
- Gungor: I Am Mountain
- Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Wassiac Way
- Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward
- Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled
- Sean Hickey: Concertos
Category Archives: Concert-Modern
Andy Akiho is a captivating young composer and percussionist whose career has followed the unusual arc of playing and writing for steel drum bands to the modern concert stage. In his "No One To Know One" CD, he traces this … Continue reading
Joe Trapanese is a young film composer who has a gift for creating scores that are remarkably moody and inviting. In this audio portrait, he talks about how his love of movies and classical music led him to composing for … Continue reading
Melinda Wagner’s self-titled CD is a spectacular showcase of a stunning modern composer’s exploration of melody, musical narrative and sonic contrasts. Her compositions constantly change, building on what comes before and leaving listeners with feelings that range from quiet reflections … Continue reading
Lei Liang is a composer with a remarkable poetic sensibility. Born and raised in China, and educated at American universities, Liang’s music is a journey into sonic landscapes that evoke emotions ranging from inner quiet and meditations on nature to … Continue reading
Michael Hersch is a modern American composer who is known for his clear, resonant, ambitious compositions and his mastery of the piano. In this audio portrait, he describes several major works, including: "Vanishing Pavilions," a large piano suite that he … Continue reading
Daron Hagen is a remarkable composer whose writing has evolved in surprising ways. "Complete Piano Trios" contains two early works from a quarter century ago, for which he was acclaimed as a meticulous craftsman, and two recent works, where his … Continue reading
Lisa Bielawa is a composer and vocalist who spent three years as composer in residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project from 2006 to 2009. Under the guidance of conductor Gil Rose, she composed solo pieces for musicians, and concertos … Continue reading
Mikel Rouse is an extraordinary composer whose musical theatre work has been acclaimed for mixing high art and popular culture. His latest work, "Gravity Radio," continues to probe the fragmentation of contemporary attention spans and emotions by big media and … Continue reading
Daniel Dorff’s compositions cover the full range of concert music. His works for young audiences are wonderful orchestral renderings – some with original lyrics – that tell fun stories while teaching about music, instruments and orchestras. "The Tortoise and the … Continue reading
Scott Wheeler composed the score to Kenneth Koch’s text, "The Construction of Boston," two decades ago. His first foray into opera, Wheeler’s work has elements of comic opera, masque and dramatic cantata. This recording of the Boston Cecilia’s April 2007 … Continue reading