Nov 20, 2013 — A tenor brings three quirky folk songs from England — connecting music from British cultural icon Benjamin Britten back to the bohemian Brooklyn that he and his longtime partner once called home.
Sep 11, 2013 — New York's brightly lit 6th & B Community Garden, with its lush greenery and mellow wildlife, provides just the right setting for the artist formerly known as Smog. Watch Bill Callahan perform "Small Plane," from his new album Dream River.
Sep 4, 2013 — NPR Music captures a beautiful rendition of "Funeral For My Future Children," a song on the Swedish singer's new album, Ceremony. Given that von Hausswolff performs on a pipe organ, it took some scouting to find a perfect location: Christ Church on New York City's Park Avenue.
Aug 21, 2013 — Watch the celebrated violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison. Hope ponders the cosmos, bringing together music and time, with works by composers from different centuries who might not always be found, he says, "in the same galaxy."
Aug 7, 2013 — Hanni El Khatib and his band brave sharp desert succulents, chilly temperatures and an aggressive maraca for this performance of the appropriately titled "Save Me." The Los Angeles singer-songwriter, on a break from touring, gamely strips down his loud, bluesy garage-rock sound and lets the stunning backdrop of Joshua Tree National Park provide the drama.
Jul 12, 2013 — Watch an installation artist and a percussion quartet make music of the city, by the city and for the city. The world premiere of their outdoor work uses lengthy piano wires strung to the Manhattan Bridge. The unique sounds reflect and concentrate urban energy in an unforgettable way.
Jul 3, 2013 — Framed by a beautiful array of vintage drums, the trumpeter and santur player pairs the sibling spirits of jazz and Arab classical music with the help of his quintet.
Jun 26, 2013 — Watch the band play one of its breeziest songs, "Love Like This," at a Los Angeles bike shop. Appropriately enough, the song's vibe evokes images of sunny, leisurely rides down California's famed Pacific Coast Highway, preferably on the back of a souped-up custom motorcycle.
Jun 6, 2013 — Among the vestment racks, satchel purveyors and art galleries of New York's SoHo neighborhood lies a small merchant which peddles preserved insects, skulls, bones and other geological findings. Unnerved — well, mostly — the improvising harpist generates a Caribbean bounce amid the glass cases.
May 31, 2013 — With freezing hands and an adventurous spirit, the band Wild Nothing performs a stripped-down version of its song "This Chain Won't Break" on the side of the Mount San Jacinto peak near Palm Springs, Calif.