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World Cafe

Kate Miller-Heidke On World Cafe

XPN

Miller-Heidke thought she was heading toward a career in opera, with plans to take up Gilbert and Sullivan roles. But in spite of her classic training and multiple degrees in music, the soprano was won over by the power of pop.

Kate Miller-Heidke On World Cafe

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Elephant Micah: Poetic And Plainspoken

WNYC Radio

Elephant Micah makes songs and tosses them, like messages in bottles, into the vast figurative oceans surrounding Indiana. With a hint of mystery, Joe O'Connell performs tuneful, folksy and emotional songs on WNYC's Spinning on Air.

Elephant Micah In Studio On WNYC's Spinning On Air 4/26/10

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World Cafe

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

XPN

Influenced by classic rock and folk songwriters, Ritter has spent the last decade becoming a star around the world. He's known as a singer of substance and has received widespread acclaim in Ireland, America and beyond. Hear Ritter in a session from WXPN.

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

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World Cafe

Nada Surf Plays Covers On World Cafe

XPN

With the same careful attention to harmony and craftsmanship that's marked Nada Surf's career, If I Had a Hi-Fi is a collection of cover songs. In this session from World Cafe, Nada Surf performs its own takes on The Go-Betweens, Depeche Mode and Bill Fox.

Nada Surf In Studio On World Cafe 5/13/10

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Piano Francais

WGBH Radio

The French pianist focuses on modern music from his homeland, playing short pieces by Ravel, Boulez and Messiaen at the WGBH studio in Boston.

Hear Aimard Perform In The WGBH Studio

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World Cafe

Jonatha Brooke On World Cafe

XPN

A folk-music veteran, Brooke pieces together powerful, emotional and intelligent songs. Currently on a national tour, she performs her songs in a session from World Cafe.

Jonatha Brooke On World Cafe

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World Cafe

Audra Mae On World Cafe

XPN

Mae's style exudes compelling natural sweetness that simply calls for attention. The great-grand-niece of Judy Garland, she found that music always seemed to come naturally to her. In a session from WXPN, Mae performs songs from The Happiest Lamb.

Audra Mae On World Cafe

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Histoire De Charlotte Gainsbourg

KEXP

Visibly shy and nervous at KEXP, Gainsbourg was not only on her first real tour, but performing her first-ever live on-air session. But with a stripped-down acoustic set-up, she shared her beautiful songs and memories of her father, Serge Gainsbourg.

Charlotte Gainsbourg In Studio On KEXP 4/14/10

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World Cafe

She And Him On World Cafe

XPN

Composed of actress and singer Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward, the duo makes sunny music rooted in light '60s pop and country tunes. In a session from World Cafe, She and Him performs bright, dreamy songs from its latest album.

She And Him On World Cafe

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World Cafe

The Holmes Brothers On World Cafe

XPN

Since they first came together more than 40 years ago, The Holmes Brothers' members have released 10 albums and worked with artists ranging from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Odetta and Peter Gabriel. The band continues to fuse blues, gospel and soul on its newest album, Feed My Soul. Hear The Holmes Brothers in a session from WXPN.

The Holmes Brothers On World Cafe

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