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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Hop Along, 'Waitress' WXPN-FM

The song might stem from a place of frustration, but this Philly band's music is pure, headlong joy.

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Songs We Love: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Black Is The Color' WXPN-FM

The Carolina Chocolate Drops singer turns a traditional folk tune into celebratory, confident blues.

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World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape WXPN-FM

Celebrate Independence Day by treating your ears to this playlist of America-themed favorites.

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Best Sessions Of 2013: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds WXPN-FM

The elegant, intensely emotive Australian band plays songs from its new album, Push the Sky Away.

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