Host Mary Lucia spoke with Craig Finn of the Hold Steady and shared an exclusive performance of the band at at The Greene Space, WNYC's street-level performance venue in downtown Manhattan.
In today's blog-centric music world, there's something incredibly satisfying about seeing a buzz band become an indie-rock mainstay. That's exactly what the UK group Frightened Rabbit have done over the last several years.
"Heaven is Whenever" is the 5th album from the Hold Steady, and is self-described by the band as a "less anthemic and more complex" CD.
It's rare that a band today can make an album that gets better with each and every repeat, but The xx have done just that. They've gone from a group of brand-new English kids to one of the biggest bands in the independent music world in just under a year, but The xx deserve every mote of the attention that's been thrown their way.
With over a ten year career as lead singer for The Pharmacists, Ted Leo has become one of the most important and innovate musicians to spring from our nations capital.
After two decades of success in Low and a fantastic debut album from side-project Retribution Gospel Choir, Alan Sparhawk has returned with RGC's second LP, appropriately titled "2," out on Sub Pop Records.
With lyrics that showcase his lyrical prowess and a personal story that's as interesting to hear as to read, local hip-hop virtuoso Brother Ali has made an unparalleled mark on the world of independent hip hop.
Four albums into his solo career, Brendan Benson has made a name for himself as one of the music world's premier collaborators. As part of the Raconteurs, he's played an instrumental part in shaping the sound of garage-inspired indie rock.
My half-witted and not-terribly-insightful observation of this CD is that it is EXACTLY what you think it will sound like, and that my friend is a really good thing.
After many independent labels and attempts to break into the international music scene, Fanfarlo took things into their own hands and released their album for $1 on their Web site.
The result? A national tour of the United States and plenty of international dates as well.
Melding their specific combination of punk, garage rock, and even pop and soul, the Austin, TX trio known as White Denim formed about three and a half years ago when members of two bands, Parque Touch and Peach Train, met and decided to start playing together in 2005.
Nearly 30 years into their career together, the Johns of They Might Be Giants - Flansburgh and Linnell - have just released their 14th studio album, the entertaining and educational "Here Comes Science."
Continuing in their recent vein of children's music, the album touches on plenty of scientific topics, like paleontology, astronomy and chemistry.
Sea Wolf's debut album "Leaves in the River" was released in 2007, which included the well-received song, "You're A Wolf." The latest release "White Water, White Bloom" was released in the fall of 2009.
Drawing inspiration from their hometowns in central and northern Alberta, Canada, The Rural Alberta Advantage reflect their upbringing not only in their name and album title but in their music as well. The three-piece layer vocal haromies over intricate drumming and driving guitar to reflect the landscape and culture of Alberta and growing up in it.
Playing the piano has always been a part of Russian-born Regina Spektor's life. She grew up in a family of musicians with her father, a violinist, and her mother, a music professor. She took piano lessons in Russia until 1989 when her family moved via Austria and Italy to the Bronx, where she continued studying classical piano.