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San Fermin

On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, San Fermin join host David Dye. Composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote their first album while studying at Yale before there was even a band. The knockout debut led to shows opening for the likes of Arctic Monkeys and St. Vincent, and now San Fermin are back with a new album, called Jackrabbit. Ellis talks about writing it in a very different way, and the band plays live in the studio.

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Ana Tijoux

Host David Dye is joined by Ana Tijoux on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Born in France after political unrest forced her parents to leave Chile, it's hip-hop that she embraces as her cultural identity. Her new album is called Vengo, which features traditional Latin American instruments in the backing track rather than samples. She'll explain the change in her music in today's interview, and Ana performs live from the stage of World Cafe Live.

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Lord Huron

David Dye welcomes Lord Huron on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The L.A. based band led by Ben Schneider just released their second album, Strange Trails. As with their 2012 debut, Lonesome Dream, the new songs are accompanied by videos that deepen the story, and even a comic book this time around. Ben will explain his writing style today, and Lord Huron plays a stripped down set from the World Cafe Live stage.

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Laura Marling

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Laura Marling. The British singer-songwriter got an early start, debuting at age sixteen with a Mercury Prize nominated album. After three more acclaimed releases, she moved to L.A. to explore her identity outside of music. Short Movie tells the story of that year. In the studio today, Laura reflects on what she learned and plays some of the new songs live.

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The Milk Carton Kids

On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, host David Dye welcomes back The Milk Carton Kids. Members Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have come to be known for their intricately crafted folk songs, and their latest record, Monterey, does not disappoint. The Milk Carton Kids play live today and talk about performing in the live concert and documentary, "Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis."

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Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller is David Dye's guest on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The lead singer of the Old 97's has a well-established solo career, and his latest release, called The Traveler, was recorded with the help of the Portland, Oregon based band, Black Prairie. We'll learn about that collaboration in today's interview, and Rhett plays a stripped down set from the stage of World Cafe Live.

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Toro Y Moi

David Dye's guest on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music is Chazwick Bundick, who is known as Toro Y Moi. On his latest album What For?, he's swapped his keyboard electronics for a guitar, and it's a whole new sound for the band. Don't miss a fantastic live studio performance with Toro Y Moi.

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Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

Seth Avett, of The Avett Brothers, and Ohio-based artist, Jessica Lea Mayfield, join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After touring together for years, the pair has released their first record together, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, inspired by their mutual admiration for the late singer-songwriter. They play some covers live today and recall how they were first introduced to Smith's music.

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Asleep At The Wheel

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Asleep at the Wheel. They've been together for 45 years playing excellent Western swing music, a genre that developed in the 1920s with the late Bob Wills leading the way. Asleep at the Wheel pay tribute to the Western swing legend on their new album, Still the King. They'll perform a live set and discuss their one near-encounter with Wills in 1973.

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Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is David Dye's guest on this episode or World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. She gained worldwide attention a couple years ago for the song "Avant Gardener" from her double-EP, A Sea of Split Peas. Now she's back with a full-length album – her first – called Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which arrived last month. We'll hear her play live from her hometown of Melbourne, Australia and talk about the new disc.

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