Cellist Maya Beiser ‘Uncovers’ Classic Rock

October 23, 2015
Classical cellist Maya Beiser will be "uncovering" rock songs at MIT Sounding Friday. (Courtesy Jensen Artists)

Classic rock tunes are reimagined on Beiser’s album “Uncovered.” The songs were arranged by composer and MIT professor Evan Ziporyn.

DJ Session: Younger Classical Artists Worth The Listen

October 22, 2015
Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer and performer. (Harold Hoffman/Deutsche Grammophon)

Vic Di Geronimo shares music from classical artists in their 30s who are doing interesting things with established pieces.

Blitzen Trapper Picks The Most American Americana

October 20, 2015
The members of Blitzen Trapper, from left: Erik Menteer, Eric Earley, Michael Van Pelt, Brian Adrian Koch and Marty Marquis. (Jason Quigley)

The band talks about quintessential American music as they hear it, and how American roots music has influenced their sound.

Shea Serrano’s ‘The Rap Year Book’ Is A History Of Rap

October 16, 2015
Shea Serrano is author of "The Rap Year Book." (Courtesy of Abrams Books)

The Grantland writer has deconstructed the most important rap songs from 1979 to 2014 in a new illustrated book.

DJ Session: Sounds From Syria And Beyond

October 14, 2015
Syrian singer Omar Souleyman performs during the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2013. (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)

KCRW’s Jeremy Sole shares a playlist that includes a new mix of a song by the Syrian artist Omar Souleyman.

John Fogerty Talks Creedence, And Life After

October 8, 2015
John Fogerty is best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival. (Nela König)

He was the creative force behind one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

‘I Drive Your Truck’ Songwriter Now Drives Her Brother’s Truck

October 7, 2015
Paul Monti is pictured in May 2011 with his son Jared's truck. Jared Monti was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

Like the real-life story that inspired her hit song, Connie Harrington now drives a pickup truck to remember a loved one who died.

DJ Session: Reggae That Spans The Globe

October 7, 2015
Howard "Flagga" Duperly's recommendations include a song off Jamaican reggae musician Jah Cure's new album "The Cure." (

Howard “Flagga” Duperly shares a number of artists catching his attention, from Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni to British ska group The Dualers.

Debut Album From Algiers Called ‘Revolutionary’

October 6, 2015
The band Algiers, made up of bassist Ryan Mahan, guitarist Lee Tesche and vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher. (Courtesy Matador Records)

Algiers fuses gospel and punk music to confront racism, cultural assimilation and other issues specific to the American experience.

With Second Album, Chvrches’ Ascent Continues

October 5, 2015
From left, Chvrches is: Iain Cook, Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty. (Courtesy)

The trio was hardly known outside of Scotland three years ago. Today, they’re headlining festivals.

Restored Instruments From Concentrations Camps Give Rise To ‘Violins Of Hope’

October 2, 2015
Amnon Weinstein in his Tel Aviv shop (Debra Yasinow via WCPN)

Once owned by the inmates of Nazi concentration camps, the violins are now part of a three-month exhibit in Cleveland.

DJ Session: Soundtrack For A Recovery

September 29, 2015
Los Angeles-based pop trio Superhumanoids. Their latest album "Do You Feel OK?" was released September 11, 2015. (Courtesy)

KCRW DJ Anne Litt shares some of the music that helped her recover after a ski accident last winter.

An American Music Playlist From New York Bassist William Parker

September 28, 2015
William Parker is a jazz bassist, poet and composer. (

William Parker, an experimental jazz bassist from New York, answers the question, “what does American music mean to you?”

Remembering England’s Most Illustrious Choir Director

September 24, 2015
British choral conductor, organist, and composer David Willcocks, circa 1965. Willcocks is Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Sir David Willcocks, Grammy-winning choir director, died at 95 earlier this month.

The Music That Brought Hope To A Besieged City

September 21, 2015
Author M. T. Anderson's new book is "Symphony For the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad." (Courtesy)

Author M. T. Anderson has now written the book “Symphony for the City of the Dead” on Russian composer Shostakovich.

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