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Phoenix Finds Love & Joy During Dark Paris Days

Live music from Phoenix and an interview with band members Thomas Mars and Christian Mazzalai. They tell stories about recording their joyful new album Ti Amo in Paris as the city was hit by a string of terror attacks. And they'll discuss Phoenix's soundtrack work. Mars is married to filmmaker Sofia Coppola whose new film The Beguiled was scored by Phoenix. The band has also contributed music to Coppola's films Lost in Translation, Somewhere and Marie Antoinette. Plus, Thomas and Christian make a charming and convincing case for the eternal freshness of love.

Phoenix Finds Love & Joy During Dark Paris Days

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Rev. Sekou is a Reverend of Soul (and a real one too)

In 2014 pastor, author and activist Rev. Sekou was arrested multiple times while teaching non-violent civil disobedience in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown. That experience shaped some of the music on his new album called In Times Like These. From songs of peaceful protest to explosive soul to a Bob Marley cover, Rev. Sekou performs with such passion and heart that it's hard to picture him doing anything else. But he has studied philosophy at the New School, religion at Harvard University, and lectured throughout the country and abroad. He talks about where his passion for social justice comes from and shares a touching story about his grandmother's dignified reaction the first time he experienced racism as a child in his small Southern town.

Rev. Sekou is a Reverend of Soul (and a real one too)

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Not So Traditional Finds from the Country Music Association Festival

World Cafe Nashville correspondents Ann Powers and Jewly Hight choose a handful of their favorite discoveries from the CMA Fest – some of which you might be surprised by. From an older artist who has reinvented his sound with the help of a looping pedal to a new band that brings together rock and country, you won't want to miss this chance to hear the highlights of the annual fan-centered extravaganza.

Not So Traditional Finds from the Country Music Association Festival

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Maestro of Public Radio: BJ Leiderman

The theme music for some of public radio's flagship shows including Morning Edition, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Weekend Edition and Marketplace were written by BJ Leiderman. He even wrote lyrics for the Morning Edition theme, which you'll hear him sing for the first time. Their tone is surprisingly dark for an early show - the first line is "Oh I hate to get up in the morning". BJ talks about using a trick he borrowed from the Beatles to record the original Morning Edition theme back in 1979, and shares a rock and roll song from his debut solo album. It's been 30 years in the making.

Maestro of Public Radio: BJ Leiderman

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Dan Auerbach Calls David "Fergie" Ferguson

A fun little podcast-extra. Just as we were sitting down to interview Dan Auerbach a call popped up on his phone from some guy named Fergie. Dan is a good guest, so he didn't answer the call, but when we found out that it was Nashville producer and recording engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson calling, we had to get him on the line. Fergie produced Auerbach's new solo album and has worked with Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack Clement, and last year, won a Grammy for his work on Sturgill Simpson's album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth.

Dan Auerbach Calls David "Fergie" Ferguson

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Dan Auerbach Rounds Up Nashville's Best

Nashville legends John Prine, Duane Eddy, Pat McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas, Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman all stopped by Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio to record on "Waiting on a Song." It's the second solo album from Auerbach, who is one half of The Black Keys. The record was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer David Ferguson who's worked with Cowboy Jack Clement and Johnny Cash. Dan performs stripped down acoustic versions of his new songs and shares stories of working with Music City's finest.

Dan Auerbach Rounds Up Nashville's Best

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Old 97s Travel 20 Years Back in Time

To make their latest record Graveyard Whistling, beloved alt-country rockers Old 97s went back to the exact same studio in Tornillo, Texas where they made their major label debut in 1996. They even slept in the same bedrooms. We talk about what's changed for the band since then, and what's stayed the same, including their raucous, sweaty energy and their lineup. We also discuss casting Brandi Carlile as God on one of the new songs, writing drinking songs that don't condone drinking, and hear the group perform an energetic live set.

Old 97s Travel 20 Years Back in Time

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Pinegrove: Bringing It All Back Home

The indie rockers from Montclair, NJ perform music from their breakthrough record, Cardinal. And band members Evan Stephens Hall and Zack Levine talk about Pinegrove's evolution and why they returned home to practice in the basement of one of their parents' homes after a stint in Brooklyn.

Pinegrove: Bringing It All Back Home

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Joshua James' Dark, Stark Americana

James delivers staggering honesty through the sounds of the Heartland on his new record My Spirit Sister. He's just as raw in conversation. James shares the doubts he had about fatherhood while his wife was pregnant with their second child, how his decision to leave the Mormon church impacted his family, and he tells us why his partner of 13 years is a "badass" in a truly #relationshipgoals moment.

Joshua James' Dark, Stark Americana

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Father John Misty Podcast Exclusive

We agonized over what to cut from our extensive interview with Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty to make it fit on the radio. Here in podcast-land there's no time limit. We're giving you our entire conversation and live performances from the new Father John Misty album "Pure Comedy". We'll talk about Tillman's formative years at a Pentecostal school where he was regularly told there were demons inside of him, when and why he micro-doses on LSD and President Trump. Tillman also talks about his role as an artist, and why he chose to speak about the numbing effects of entertainment rather than play his full headlining set at the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival.

Father John Misty Podcast Exclusive

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