Folk & Bluegrass
Rick Wakeman's Keyboard Flourishes
Hear the prog-rock pioneer in concert as a leader (1975), with Yes (1978) and with Anderson/Bruford/Wakeman/Howe (1989).
Pat Benatar's Best Shot
Old Waldorf | Aug 15, 1980
Heat the multi-platinum-selling singer at her energetic peak in this 1980 concert from San Francisco's Old Wharf Theater.
Lou Reed Ticks Everyone Off
Sep 19, 1973
This divisive show from this date in '73 highlights Reed's attempt to alienate his audience with an arena-rock band and soaring guitar solos over fan favorites.
The Neville Brothers' True Stories
Apr 22, 1994
Aaron Neville released
My True Story
this week, featuring production by Keith Richards. Now, hear all the Nevilles tell their stories in these '94 interviews.
Canned Heat at the Felt Forum
Aug 24, 1979
The boogie kings rock New York with "On the Road Again," "Amphetamine Annie," "Goin' Up the Country" and "Woodstock Boogie" in 1979.
Funky Fridays: Jon Cleary Throws Down
May 30, 1999
The funkiest Brit in New Orleans channels his inner Dr. John on funky renditions of "I Want a Little Girl" and "People Say" in this 1999 set.
Rod Stewart Releases Maggie May
Dec 5, 1978
41 years ago today, Rod Stewart released his breakout single, "Maggie May." Hear him perform it live in 1978.
Uncut: Fishbone at Tramps, '97
Aug 2, 1997
The hard rocking punk-funk-ska band plays "Sunless Saturday," "Bonin' in the Boneyard" and "Hey Ma and Pa" in this rowdy two-hour set.
The Ramones Live in '78
Dec 28, 1978
Even in the middle of winter, "da bruddas" from Queens were no doubt excited to finally be basking in the sun they were celebrating with this cover.
New Release: Counting Crows in Iowa
Jul 4, 2012
Watch the Counting Crows leave it all on the stage in this epic three-hour concert, filmed on the Fourth of July at Codfish Hollow Barn in Maquoketa, IA.
JENNY O's Self-Assured Folk
Sep 20, 2012
Listen to Los Angeles singer/songwriter JENNY O perform cuts off her stellar record
at last year's SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
Bow Wow Wow's Burundi Beats in Boston
Jan 8, 1983
Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren discovered 14-year-old Anglo-Burmese singer Annabella Lwin in 1980. Hear her with the band in '83.
Guess Who in Vancouver
May 27, 1983
Burton Cummings leads the Canadian band, featuring guitarist Randy Bachman, on "American Woman" and "Laughing" in this '83 reunion.
Martin Mull Slays D.C. in '73
Mar 10, 1973
The comedian shows off his accomplished guitar chops and acerbic wit on humorous ditties like "Eggs," "Ventriloquist Love" and "Zipper Fly."
Folk & Bluegrass
Crown Junction Stompers at Ash Grove
Jan 1, 1963
Banjo ace Sandy Moseley joins mandolinist Johnny Lyon and guitarist Al Merian on "Splendor in the Bluegrass" and "Two Dollar Bill" in a '63 set.
Video: Albert King's Blues Power
Jun 18, 1982
The legendary guitarist unleashes his ferocious string bends as special guest with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in this '82 concert.
J. Geils Band House Party
Nov 5, 1977
Ain't nothin' but J. Geils Band tearing the roof off of the Winterland like it's their job, because it is.
Uncut: Lonnie Mack at Tramps, '95
Apr 21, 1995
That Memphis Man brings his rollicking horn band, along with his stinging Flying V guitar licks, to the Manhattan roadhouse for one memorable night.
Al Kooper Solo at the Record Plant, 1974
Oct 23, 1974
Although best know for his work with musicians like Bob Dylan and Mike Bloomfied, Al Kooper proves in this show how powerful he can be on his own.
Uncut: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1986
Oct 25, 1986
Young revisits grunge-laden classics like "Down By the River" and "Cinnamon Girl" along with intimate fare like "Heart of Gold" in this two-hour concert.
"Prepare Yourself" for George Duke
Apr 21, 1977
The late keyboardist took his spectacular band to Bottom Line in the spring of '77 for what would be a magical night.
Pat Metheny Group, '82
Jul 26, 1982
The guitarist stuns on Ornette Coleman's "Broadway Blues" before tackling material from his
New Release: Heart in Fort Worth, 1980
Apr 3, 1980
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson play their hits "Barracuda" and "Crazy On You" along with tunes from
Dog and Butterfly
Bebe le Strange
The Allah-Las Get Groovy at Daytrotter
May 14, 2012
Listen to L.A.'s the Allah-Las Daytrotter session, featuring a set of '60s-inspired garage rock tunes off their excellent new self-tltled record.
AA Bondy at Slim's, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Alabama-born singer-songwriter-guitarist explores his dark muse on "Oh the Vampyre," "Killed Myself When I Was Young" and "Vice Rag."
Mary Lou Williams' Carnegie Duet
Jun 28, 1978
Ten days after appearing at the 1978 White House Jazz Festival, pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams joined bassist Buster Williams for an intimate duet.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington on the Prowl
Jul 14, 1995
The funky New Orleans soulman and guitarist performs "Girl I Want to Dance With You" and "Body And Fender Man" in this 1995 Tramps set.
Bruce Springsteen vs. Manfred Mann
Who did "Blinded By the Light" better, Bruce (who wrote the tune) or Manfred Mann's Earth Band? Hear both versions and decide for yourself.
Madness' Stateside Breakthrough
Aug 23, 1983
The Brit pop/ska band plays infectious numbers like "House of Fun," "Baggy Trousers," "One Step Beyond" and their hit "Our House" in 1983.
Folk & Bluegrass
Cousin Emmy at the Ash Grove, '63
Jul 5, 1963
The Kentucky-born clawhammer banjo player and singer performs hillbilly tunes like "Crawdad," "Dunkard's Wife" and "Ida Red."
Folk & Bluegrass
Uncut: Doc Watson at Ash Grove
Apr 13, 1965
Doc Watson knew how to sing a song and he sure knew how to play his guitar. Listen to him beautifully weave genres together in this 1965 set.
Bill Withers' Unexpected Life in Music
Aug 6, 1988
Hear Withers discuss his late start in music in his down-to-earth manner and look for his 9-album box set spanning '71-'85, available now.
Video: George Benson at Newport, '66
Jul 2, 1966
See the rising star guitarist play "Benson's Rider" (his take on "C.C. Rider") in this Trumpet & Guitar Workshop from 50 years ago.
Springsteen in Stockholm
Jul 3, 1988
The Boss leads the E Street Band on "Tunnel of Love," "Born in the U.S.A." and a cover of Edwin Starr's "War" in this '88 set from Sweden.
Video: Salt-N-Peppa at Woodstock '94
Aug 13, 1994
The female hip hop crew from Queens and Brooklyn perform their hits "Push It," "Tramp," "Shoop" and "Let's Talk About Sex."
The Thin White Duke at 66
Aug 30, 1987
David Bowie asks "Where Are We Now?" with the first single from his forthcoming album. Look back to where he was in '87: on the Glass Spider tour.
Paul Butterfield Band at the Fillmore, '66
Oct 14, 1966
The harmonica ace leads his pioneering group featuring guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop on "Shake Your Money Maker" and others.
The Mountain Goats at Noise Pop '08
Mar 1, 2008
John Darnielle can't stop. The MG's have released four albums in the past five years, including
, out this week.
Doug Paisley Opens For Bon Iver
Superstar crooner Bon Iver and folk master Doug Paisley share the stage tonight at Radio City Music Hall. Hear them back to back in this soft and sweet playlist.
On Tour This Fall: Vedder and Hansard
Hear Pearl Jam in '94 at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and The Swell Season's '09 Daytrotter session.
Uncut: Eddie Murphy at the Felt Forum, '86
Aug 27, 1986
Bringing new meaning to the term "Uncut," this 1986 performance from the height of the former
star's stand-up career is not for the faint.
Noise Pop Festival 2013 Sampler
As San Francisco's celebration of independent culture approaches its 21st year, get familiar with artists playing in over 20 SF venues in late February.
Randy Travis at Music Village USA
Jul 16, 1986
The neo-traditionalist country star performs a Hank Williams medley and tunes from his breakthrough album
Storms of Life
in this '86 set.
U2’s Conspiracy of Hope
Jun 15, 1986
The politically-aware band helps raise awareness about human rights before a crowd of over 70,000 at the Giants Stadium in 1986.
Vault History: Santana and McLaughlin
Sep 5, 1973
40 years ago today, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin played this psychedelically powered jazz-rock jam in Berkeley, CA.
Omar Dykes Howls in Austin
May 25, 1987
Gruff-voiced, hard-edged, Mississippi-born blues rocker Omar Dykes wails with unparalleled intensity alongside his Howlers in this 1987 Austin concert.
Video: Johnny Winter Revists His Roots
Nov 4, 1984
The late Texas guitar slinger talks about growing up in Beaumont with early rock 'n' roll and discovering the blues in this interview from 1984.
Alice Cooper Vs. School
Every year, Mr. Cooper is proven wrong by the millions of students heading back to school in the fall. According to this playlist, school's
Wayne Cochran vs. Mitch Ryder
The two wildmen of rock 'n' roll - Cochran with his C.C. Riders and Ryder with his Detroit Wheels - square off in this battle of the bands playlist.
Monty Python's Flying Circus in NYC
Apr 23, 1976
Hear the Brit comedy troupe perform "The Lumberjack Song" and other hilarious bits like "Travel Agent" and "Nudge Nudge" in this '76 show.
Keith Urban's New Crossover Release
Jan 16, 1997
The Aussie star blends bluegrass, country, rap and EDM on
, which hits stores today. Hear him in a more traditional mode in 1997.
Bill Evans' Introspective Muse
Mar 12, 1975
The influential pianist, who introduced a crystalline, Erik Satie-inspired approach to jazz piano trios, plays the Great American Music Hall in '75.
Country-Fried Covers Playlist
Hear songs by the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, The Band, Bob Dylan and more played with a whole lotta twang.
Uncut: George Barnes-Ruby Braff in Nice
Jul 1, 1974
Pioneering guitarist and Armstrong-inspired cornetist reveal their uncanny swinging chemistry in this crackling set from the '74 Grande Parade du Jazz.
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