The current bandleader for CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden does freestyle rapping and spontaneous composition in a 2011 set.
The duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White interpret Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and premiere tunes from Barton Hollow at SXSW 2011.
The singer-guitarist leads her band The Nocturnals on "Paint It Black," "Cinnamon Girl," "Mystery Train" and "I Shall Be Released."
Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael perform George Harrison's "If I Needed Someone" and the title track of their 36 Cents in a 2016 video.
The Brit singer-songwriter, who turns 64 today, premieres "My Rain," "Strawberries Dress" and others from Love From London in this solo set.
The husband-wife duo of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley leads the Hoboken band on "Paul Is Dead" and others from Electr-O-Pura.
Front-woman Luisa Black fronts the Jesus and Mary Chain-inspired trio on raw, distortion-laced tunes from Tiger Songs and Nom de Guerre.
Ben Gibbard leads the Jet City group on "Long Division," "Cath..." and other tunes from Narrow Stairs in this 2008 set at Seattle's Studio X.
The neo-soul band, which entertained rabid crowds at the NFL's Super Bowl Pre-Game Tailgate Party, plays "Moneygrabber" and others.
The guitarist-singer-songwriter performs her "Human Racing" and "Jesus Saves, I Spend" and covers the Beatles "Dig a Pony" in 2009.
The outsider lo-fi icon turns 56 today. Hear him play "I Had Lost My Mind," "Freedom" and other tunes from Is And Ever Was in a 2010 set.
The neo-prog jam band from South Bend blends idioms on "Booth Love," "Domino Theory" and other tunes from Death By Stereo in 2012.
The 6-piece Nashville band's rootsy sound falls somewhere between Big Brother & the Holding Company and Alabama Shakes in this 2016 set.
The Atlanta-based garage punk band performs "Dumpster Diving" and other tunes from their sixth album Arabia Mountain in this playlist.
Michael and Kevin Bacon cover the Beatles' "If I Needed Someone" and play their own tunes "36 Cents," "Bus" and "Driver" in this 2016 video.
Rapper Speech leads the Atlanta-based alt-hip hop group on "Mr. Wendal," "Tennessee" and "I Know I'm Bad" in this 2008 video.
Siblings Natalie and Elliott Bergman perform reggae flavored originals "Keep You" and "Love Like This" in this set from the Hollywood Hills.
The former founding member of The Minutemen leads his group on "Against the '70s," "Piss-Bottle Man" and "Chinese Firedrill" in a '95 set.
Guitarist-singer J Mascis, who turns 51 today, leads the Amherst alt-rockers on "Crumble" and "Back to Your Heart" from Beyond in 2009.
The Aussie bass guitar phenom, who catapulted to fame with Jeff Beck's group, shows her acoustic singer-songwriter side in this 2016 session.
Curt Kirkwood leads the Tempe-based group on "Original One," "Sometimes Blue" and other tunes from Rat Farm in this 2013 set.
The idiosyncratic Colorado jam band plays a bluegrass version of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and tunes from 'Round the Wheel.
The Dutch group, led by Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe, plays "Dead End" and John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" in 2012.
The former Husker Du frontman joins drummer-singer Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall of L.A. noise-pop duo on "New Day Rising."
The Athens, Georgia alt-country rockers recently released their 11th album, American Band. Hear them play "This Fucking Job" in a 2010 set.
Hear the nu-wave of soul music performed by such indie artists as Raphael Saadiq, Allen Stone, Vintage Trouble and others in this playlist.
The Virginia Beach singer-songwriter conjures up melancholic moods on "Empty As A Plate" and "Nothing to Say" in a 2012 Daytrotter set.
The rootsy Brooklyn band (minus mandolinist-singer Amy Helm) plays a beguiling "Swanee River" and a mellow "Raining in My Mind" in 2011.
The American Hassidic Jewish reggae rapper-singer performs "Thunder," "One Day" and other tunes from Light in this 2010 set.
The pedal steel guitar sensation wails on "Bo Diddley" and switches to tasty acoustic slide guitar on the gospel-tinged "Traveling Shoes."
The Austin-based indie band plays "Blood, Sweat & Fears" and other tunes from What Doesn't Kill Us in this 2008 set from Cafe du Nord.
The Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso plays Queen's complex suite "Bohemian Rhapsody" from his album Peace Love Ukulele in this 2015 solo set.
The Kansas native and New York City resident performs "Sentimental Heart" and the title track of Neon Repairman in this solo set from 2013.
The former lead singer for Throwing Muses premieres compelling tunes from Sunny Blue Border in this intimate solo acoustic set from 2000.
Former 'Til Tuesday singer performs "31 Today," "Freeway" and other confessional tunes from her album @#%&*! Smilers in this 2008 set.
The singer-songwriter performs her ode to Bobbie Gentry and other originals like "Mexican Wrestler" and "Wendell Lee" in this 2013 set.
The Atlanta-based band plays "March of the Gringo" and other tunes from 2008's All Y'all and 2011's Count Yer Lucky Stars in this playlist.
The whistler-fiddler-singer, who turns 43 today, performs "Fiery Crash," "Plasticities" and other tunes from Armchair Apocrypha in 2007.
The pedal steel sensation pays tribute to Bo Diddley then wails on "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" at the 2008 Jackson Hole Music Festival.
Enigmatic Kevin Barnes leads the Athens, Georgia-based group on "Casualty of You" and others in this 2010 set from the Pabst Theater.
The California band performs their hit single "Mr. Jones" and other tunes from August and Everything After and Recovering the Satellites.
The former Soul Coughing frontman turns 46 today. Hear him perform his "Na Na Nothing" and "Day By Day By" from 2011's Yes and Also Yes.
Hear the rootsy band that once appropriately accompanied Robbie Robertson premiere tunes from their 2009 debut, North Hills.
The singer-songwriter fronts the Bay Area band on "Ravenous," "Go Go Go" and other tunes from their self-titled album in this 2013 video.
The rootsy "Appalachian post-punk solipsist" (aka Will Oldham) performs "Careless Love" and "Strange Form of Life" in this 2010 set.
Powerhouse frontwoman Brittany Howard leads the R&B-tinged band from Athens, Alabama on tunes from Boys & Girls in this 2012 set.
The wonderfully quirky singer-songwriter-actress, who turns 32 today, performs tunes from Pretty Little Head and Obligatory Villagers in 2009.
The neo-psychedelic Austin band performs echo/fuzz-laden anthems like "Black Grease" and "The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven" in 2008.