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.
Tim McGraw (#801H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
Country superstar Tim McGraw tore through a dozen songs, including hits "Southern Girl" and "One of Those Nights" as well as his latest single, "Lookin' For That Girl." Set among the neo-classical columns of century-old former bank building in Houston (The Corinthian), McGraw also previewed a number of songs from his forthcoming album, due out later in 2014.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 5:00am
Rodrigo Y Gabriela (#802H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
On the eve of the release of their new album, 9 Dead Alive, the incomparable Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performed at Upper Manhattan's Hispanic Society of America. The two virtuoso musicians played a dazzling 12-song set in the century-old museum's Sorolla Gallery, surrounded by the 14 paintings that make up Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida's masterwork "Vision of Spain," a celebration of the country's diverse customs. It was a breathtaking setting for Rodrigo y Gabriela's unique fusion of musical genres, a mix of melodic beauty and percussive fury which drove the 300 invited guests into clapping, stomping glee.
Lily Allen (#803H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
London-born pop artist Lily Allen was one of the first musicians to launch her career through social media. After dropping out of school at the age of 15, she signed with Regal Recordings and, in 2005, began posting demos on her MySpace page. Her cheeky lyrics and mash-up of reggae, hip-hop, and ska garnered massive fan and media attention. Allen's debut album, Alright, Still, was released in 2006, led by its single, "Smile." The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album and was named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2009, Allen released her second album, the more electropop-inspired It's Not Me, It's You. The album debuted at the top of the charts in the UK, Canada, and Australia, and in the Top 5 in the US. After two years of intense touring, Allen went on hiatus to focus on starting a family. She returned in 2014 with the release of her third album, Sheezus. The album has produced two top 10 hits in the UK, "Hard Out Here" and "Air Balloon." Allen performs at the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom.
Jason Mraz (#804H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG
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.