The Stepkids On 'World Cafe: Next'

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The Stepkids.

The Stepkids.

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  • "Santos & Ken"
  • "Shadows On Behalf"

Throughout the month of October, we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Cafe. Each day, we'll introduce an up-and-coming artist worth discovering. You can download a sampler of 20 World Cafe: Next artists here.

It's possible to describe The Stepkids' style by adding the word "psychedelic" any of the following genres: jazz, punk, soul, funk, even classical. With a shout-out to the best shape-shifting qualities of Beck's Midnite Vultures, The Stepkids' members take similar inspirations from Parliament, The Beatles, Rufus & Chaka Khan and Cake — and visit them all in a single song.

The band formed in 2009 in Bridgeport, Conn., but its members had already accompanied the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and 50 Cent. As a collective, it boasts that its creative process is equal-opportunity — each musician writes, each musician sings. Hear two tracks from The Stepkids' self-titled debut on today's installment of World Cafe: Next.

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