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The Decemberists, on the Move

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The Decemberists are a five-piece indie-pop band out of Portland, Ore. Their new album, Picaresque, has regularly been cited as a favorite of critics and fans in 2005.

The Decemberists in Studio on World Cafe - 12/30/2005

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Singer Matisyahu, Keeping It Kosher

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He's the world's first Hasidic Jewish reggae star. His rap and beat-box skills can be heard on his truly unique album, Live At Stubb's.

Matisyahu in-studio on World Cafe - 07/29/2005

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Pink Martini Plays It Cool

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The music of Pink Martini melds jazz and cinematic themes with driving rhythms and exotic vocals. The project led by vocalist China Forbes and pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale has won fans around the world.

Pink Martini in-studio on World Cafe - 07/22/2005

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Hugh Masekela Taps His Deep Roots

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Hugh Masekela comes from an extensive jazz background; he is also known as one of the greatest innovators in world fusion. Now Masekela has a new CD, Revival, that draws on pop, jazz and R&B influences.

Hugh Masekela in-studio on World Cafe - 07/01/2005

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'Times' for a Camper Van Beethoven Reunion

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In the burgeoning indie-rock scene of the 1980s, Camper Van Beethoven occupied a unique slot. The band's lyrics were clever but sometimes impenetrable; its sound was wide-ranging but hard to define — or market. A reunion has produced a concept record: New Roman Times.

Camper Van Beethoven in Studio on World Cafe - 12/27/2005

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Robert Plant, 'Mighty Rearranger'

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Unlike many classic-rock veterans, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has continued to push his musical boundaries. With his band the Strange Sensation, it all comes together on The Mighty Rearranger, featuring the World Café favorite "Shine It All Around."

Robert Plant in-studio on World Cafe - 07/08/2005

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Joe Henry Gets Stars Aligned for 'Soul'

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For his latest project, the singer-songwriter brings together soul royalty Mavis Staples and Billy Preston, among others. Playing behind the singers was a skilled and smooth Allen Toussaint-led house band.

Joe Henry Gets Stars Aligned for 'Soul'

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Ike Reilly Assassination: 'Junkie Faithful'

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The Ike Reilly Assassination has just released Junkie Faithful, the next installment of the band's exploration of rock and roll. As its leader, Reilly pushes every song as far as he can, using a combination of striking guitar sounds and captivating melodies.

Ike Reilly Assassination in Studio on World Cafe - 12/21/2005

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Brian Setzer Orchestra, Diggin' a Crazy Christmas

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra has recorded a new Christmas album: Dig That Crazy Christmas. It's a rocking combination of traditional Christmas carols — and a few other spirited rock, swing and blues tunes.

Brian Setzer Orchestra in Studio on World Cafe - 12/19/2005

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North Mississippi Allstars: Down and Dirty

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The North Mississippi Allstars combine country-blues with a bit of rock to make their trademark rollicking music.

North Mississippi Allstars in Studio on World Cafe - 12/16/2005

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