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The Mekons On World Cafe

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The Mekons started as a punk band in the '70s, but soon embraced British folk and American country.

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Favorite Sessions

Wilco, 'Random Name Generator'

KEXP

The band sounds refreshed as it performs "Random Name Generator" to a rapturous crowd.

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World Cafe Next: GospelbeacH

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Buoyant and breezy with a beachy twang, the band serves up a reminder that summer isn't over yet.

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Tiny Desk

Mitski

Mitski's music is dark and even scary, but glimmers of beauty peek through.

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Django Django On World Cafe

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The Mercury Prize-nominated band administers a healthy dose of Madchester-grade synth-pop.

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All Songs TV

First Watch: Shooting Guns, 'BarnBurner'

You are a werewolf. You are a cop. You ride a motorcycle. You need a soundtrack.

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All Songs TV

First Watch: Diet Cig, 'Dinner Date'

In the video for this grungy pop song, Alex Luciano absolutely crushes every dude at arm wrestling.

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The Internet, 'Girl'

KCRW

Odd Future affiliates Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians perform the sleekest neo-soul this side of Sade.

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Newport Folk Festival

Brandi Carlile, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Hear the folk-rock powerhouse perform candid, emotional songs from The Firewatcher's Daughter.

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Favorite Sessions

Briana Marela, 'Surrender'

KEXP

The Seattle native folds a sense of childlike wonder into every note of her breezy performance.