All Songs Considered Concerts Marathon 1

Belle & Sebastian in concert. With host Bob Boilen. Scotland’s art-pop hipsters Belle and Sebastian, fronted by Stuart Murdoch are known primarily as a chamber pop group with precious lyrics and whimsical melodies. Hear the band recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org March 6, 2006.

Arctic Monkeys in concert. With host Bob Boilen. With obvious influences from bands like The Clash and The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys have a blistering, guitar-heavy sound with infectious melodies and lyrical swipes on small-town life, teen angst and the music industry. After just their first album, the British band have already been hailed as one of the greatest U.K. rock groups of all time. Hear them recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org March 27, 2006.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs in concert. With host Bob Boilen. The audaciously offbeat New York trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs have built a reputation around their artful, punk-inspired guitar lines, lead singer Karen O’s passionate, screeching vocals, and the trio’s distinct live shows: no bass player and Karen O bouncing on stage in shredded lace and spandex while dousing audiences with beer. Hear the band recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org April 3, 2006.

Martha Wainwright in concert. With host Bob Boilen. After previously appearing on albums by her father, Loudon, and her brother, Rufus, both established and relatively well-known musicians, Wainwright recently released a self-titled debut CD. Martha’s mother and aunt are folk singers Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Hear her recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org April 9, 2006.

Neko Case in concert. With host Bob Boilen. When she isn’t singing for the Canadian power-pop group New Pornographers, singer Neko Case works as a solo artist, crafting gospel and country-inspired songs. Though she defies most conventional genre labels, Case swings somewhere between the worlds of heavy art rock and bittersweet country.

Mogwai in concert. With host Bob Boilen. With its own distinctive style of sprawling, sometimes hypnotic space rock, the Scottish quintet Mogwai helped establish the alternately loud/soft rock dynamic popular in the ’90s, swinging dramatically from quiet, introspective strains to explosive, growling rock. Hear Mogwai recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org May 10, 2006.

The Walkmen in concert. With host Bob Boilen. Bob Dylan meets indie rock in the music of The Walkmen. The New York quintet makes thoughtful, sometimes urgent, artful songs, moving smoothly between brash, atomic rock and introspective ballads. Hear teh band recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org May 25, 2006.

Fiery Furnaces in concert. With host Bob Boilen. The brother-sister duo of Fiery Furnaces make wildly experimental music that’s as playful as it is unpredictable. Drawing on diverse influences from show tunes to Bob Dylan and honky tonk, Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger craft sonically adventurous, twisted and distinctive tunes. Hear them recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org June 30, 2006.

Sleater Kinney in concert. With host Bob Boilen. More than a decade after the band first formed, Sleater-Kinney continues to make passionate, punk-inspired rock. The group recently announced plans to go on indefinite hiatus after its current tour ends later this year. Hear one of the band’s last performances, recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org August 3, 2007.

Jenny Lewis in concert. With host Bob Boilen. Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has a hauntingly soulful voice. Her latest CD, Rabbit Fur Coat is inspired by her lifelong love for folk, country and Southern gospel, with beautifully crafted story songs. Hear her recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org October 15, 2006.

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