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The New Wave Of Cartoon Bands

Anime character Hatsune Miku is part of the new generation of virtual bands achieving real success.

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Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

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Hear an extensive interview with the former guitarist and songwriter of The Band.

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Rooted in early-20th-century blues and jazz, Davina and the Vagabonds' "lipstickandchrome" is freshened up with modern sass. Ezra Moore hide caption

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Davina And The Vagabonds: Piano Licks, Vocal Tricks

Rooted in early-20th-century blues and jazz, "lipstickandchrome" is freshened up with modern sass.

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Clockwise from left: Paul McCartney circa 1970, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Gillian Welch. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Idaho singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell performs live on this episode of World Cafe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eilen Jewell On World Cafe

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Hear an interview and live performance from the roots rock-inspired singer-songwriter's new album, Queen of the Minor Key.

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The Civil Wars performed on World Cafe. Tec Petaja hide caption

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The Whisperlights' "Eaten Alive" practically oozes soothing melodies and warm textures that wash over whimsical guitars. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Whisperlights: A Water-Drenched Blur

"Eaten Alive" practically oozes soothing melodies, with warm textures washing over whimsical guitars.

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