Live from the Artists Den
This innovative music series featuring extraordinary artists performing in extraordinary settings. Each episode features an intimate, invitation-only concert by cutting-edge, contemporary musicians, along with artist interviews and insights about the unusual venues chosen.
Live from the Artists Den Previous Broadcasts
Damien Rice (Episode #904H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 28, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice first achieved international success with the release of his debut album O in 2002. The album spent 10 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts and 80 weeks in the UK Top 75 album chart, and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. In 2004, Rice was nominated for both a BRIT Award and an NME Award, while in the United States, he became the first UK-signed artist ever to be awarded the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize. His sophomore record, 9, was equally critically acclaimed. In 2007, Damien was nominated for Best International Male at the BRIT Awards and also played a sold-out arena tour. His first collection of new material in eight years, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, will be released globally on November 10, 2014. Rice has also made notable contributions to civil rights campaigns worldwide, including the Freedom Campaign and Campaign for Burma.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 29, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
Marina and the Diamonds (Episode #1003H)
KQED Plus: Sun, May 22, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
Marina And The Diamonds, fronted by Welsh native Marina Diamandis, gives an eclectic performance of 11 songs in the famous Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY. She performs her hit song "Primadonna," and includes performances from her most recent album Froot.
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 23, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Cage The Elephant (Episode #903H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Cage the Elephant brought their funky, soulfully psychedelic sound to the stage at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry Wednesday evening. The set, drawn mostly from last year's Melophobia album, was filmed at the gallery for an upcoming episode of Live from the Artists Den. Thriving off the energy of the crowd of 400 invited guests, frontman Matt Shultz delivered an epic performance in an intimate setting, hurling himself around the small space like a man possessed, while the rest of the band equaled his intensity. The evening ended with a shirtless Shultz held aloft by the cheering crowd, a triumphant exclamation point to an unforgettable night.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 22, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
alt-J (Episode #1002H)
KQED Plus: Sun, May 15, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
U.K. rockers Alt-J perform an intense, moody set at Los Angeles's Hollywood American Legion. The group performs 12 songs, veering between their eclectic new album, This Is All Yours, and their 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave. The surging, boisterous set included hit singles "Hunger of the Pine," "Fitzpleasure" and "Left Hand Free."
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 16, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Alabama Shakes (Episode #902H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
The Alabama Shakes delivered a crushingly electric set at the Loveless Barn, located directly behind Nashville's famous Loveless Cafe. The crowd of 500 cheered each song as the band delivered a thrillingly uninhibited show. The band dashed through blistering rockabilly boogies, eruptive country-soul ballads, and more from their 2012 debut album, Boys & Girls, and the collection of new material earmarked for a much anticipated follow-up. Front woman Brittany Howard testified to the deeply felt truths of the songs with ferocity, and her bandmates were with her all the way-gutsy, dynamic, and altogether riveting.
- KQED Life: Sun, May 15, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
Hozier (Episode #1001H)
KQED Plus: Sun, May 8, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
Grammy-nominated musician Hozier brings his soulful blues, rock and folk sounds to the historic stage at The Theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The artist, performing an 11-song set, includes many tracks off his self-titled debut album, punctuating the performance with an evocative rendition of his hit single "Take Me To Church" before unfurling an encore that included emotional standout "Cherry Wine."
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 9, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Zac Brown Band (Episode #901H)
KQED Life: Sat, May 7, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
On a warm summer evening, multi-platinum country artist Zac Brown Band brought music back to the historic Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, NY with a hit-filled set under the stars. The multi-talented band showed off its virtuosic skills, picking, fiddling, and harmonizing through such fan favorites as the Caribbean-inspired "Jump Right In" and lovelorn ballad "Sweet Annie" before donning glowing skeleton costumes to perform its rollicking new song, "Day For The Dead," from the 2013 EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, and sending the frenzied crowd home with a boisterous rendition of its breakout hit single, "Chicken Fried."
- KQED Life: Sun, May 8, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
Jason Mraz (Episode #804H)
KQED Life: Sun, May 1, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
Jason Mraz began to make a name for himself performing in San Diego coffee houses in 2000. The Virginia-born singer-songwriter released his major label debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come on Elektra Records in 2002, becoming a household name with his first hit single, "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)." His second album, Mr. A-Z, received an even warmer reception when it was released in 2005, peaking at the number five spot on the Bilboard 200. In 2009, Mraz received two Grammy nominations for his first Top 10 single, "Im Yours," off his third album, We Sing. We Dance, We Steal Things. The album also contained the singles "Make It Mine" and "Lucky," for which Mraz won two Grammys the following year for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, respectively. Mraz's fourth album, Love Is A Four Letter Word, was his highest charting release to date, debuting at the Number Two spot in the US in 2012. Mraz wil release his fifth studio album, Yes, recorded with rock-folk band Raining Jane, later this year. Mraz performs at a secret location in Los Angeles.