Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Manchester performed with Bette Midler as "Toots in the Middle" in the original group The Harlettes. Manchester co-wrote and produced a number of hits through the '70s and '80s, and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Alison Krauss and Johnny Mathis.
Australian singer Lisa Mitchell recently made her U.S. live radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic, which coincided with her first visit to Los Angeles. The 24-year-old has been writing music since her teens, and is about to release her third album. Here, the Australian Idol alum performs a soft, airy song called "Wah Ha."
Watch Lisa Mitchell's full performance on KCRW.com.
Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:41 pm
Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book of the same name published a decade ago by oboist Blair Tindall.
Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:34 pm
Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a personal memory about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:24 am
Some noise freaks will have you believe that if the music doesn't kill you, it's not extreme enough. Since 2000, the Brooklyn band Zs and its rotating cast could sometimes be accused of that mentality, as they've looked to the caustic examples of '60s free jazz, '80s No Wave and minimalism. Zs' members take grand leaps into music with no place to land, which is what makes the approachable (but no less challenging) Xe, especially its title track, the group's most radical statement.