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Bonneville's songs are full of characters who stumble their way through a rough-and-tumble world of violence, hope, and despair. In four videos from Folk Alley, Bonneville stomps his cowboy boots on a piece of wood and tells his stories.
In the past eight years, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have made five albums, married and had two children. The pair, who record as Mates of State, stop by the Bryant Park Project studios to play from their new album, Re-Arrange Us.
Mates of State 'Re-Arrange Us,' to Excellent Effect
Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim brings his country-punk sound to Manhattan. With help from the BPP, he and his band got permission to perform "Honey Pie" live in Bryant Park, one of Midtown's most beloved green spaces.
When Panic at the Disco released its debut CD, its members hadn't yet graduated from high school. Three years later, Pretty. Odd marks the band's massive change from heart-on-sleeve emo-punk songs to Sgt. Pepper's-style rock. The group performs stripped-down songs in NPR's Studio 4A.
Death Cab for Cutie stopped by to chat and rock out at the Bryant Park Project studios, where they played a few classics and "I Will Possess Your Heart," a riveting song from their new album, Narrow Stairs.
Langhorne Slim, born Sean Scolnick, is known as a country singer-songwriter with a punk sensibility. He visited the Bryant Park Project to discuss his self-titled album and to perform a couple of his songs.
Listen to Langhorne's full in studio interview & performance
The three Seattle sisters — ages 11, 14 and 16 — have opened for Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie and Sleater-Kinney. This week, they performed an acoustic version of a new song in a cubicle at NPR. Watch video of the Smoosh mini-concert.
Jaymay has been called a folk artist and she cites Bob Dylan among her influences. But her music is more layered and unpredictable than traditional folk singers. Jaymay was in Austin, TX for this year's South by Southwest music festival and took time out of her schedule to meet with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen at the French Legation Museum, for an exclusive outdoor performance.
It was a spectacularly beautiful day in Austin, TX when Lightspeed Champion's Dev Hynes and violinist Mike Siddell met with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen for this exclusive outdoor performance. Hynes and Siddell offered up an intimate little set as they ran through four songs, opening with "Tell Me What It's Worth," followed by "Everyone I Know is Listening to Crunk," "Galaxy of the Lost" and an inspired cover of Olivia Newton John's "Xanadu."
Vocalist Colin Meloy just released Colin Meloy Sings Live!, an album of live tracks from solo performances. The songs include stripped-down Decemberists songs and other covers played at some of the best venues across the country.
Rogue Wave earned acclaim for its latest album, Asleep at Heaven's Gate. This summer the musicians open for Jack Johnson and Death Cab for Cutie, tonight they're on Letterman and now they're live in the BPP studio.