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Squeeze

The main members of Squeeze, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, are back together again and visit David Dye on The World Cafe for an acoustic session as part of our Words and Music podcast from WXPN. After not recording new material together for a long while, and not even seeing each other for a decade, Squeeze has a surprise hit album. "Cradle To The Grave" began when the two were commissioned to write a theme song for a new BBC television show that ended up taking the name of their song to title the show! Squeeze happy together again!

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Foals

David Dye welcomes Foals on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Since their debut in 2008, the British band has released a string of exciting albums, each bringing to light a new aspect of their sound. Their latest, fourth record, called What Went Down, is full of heavy rock riffs. Foals play some new music live today, and they'll talk about their experience recording in the south of France.

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Flamin' Groovies

Flamin' Groovies join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The new Incredible Flamin' Groovies Movie captures the live acts of the garage-rock pioneers, and today, they play a live set in the studio, including their best known song, "Shake Some Action."

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The Jayhawks

David Dye visits The Jayhawks in their hometown of Minneapolis on this special edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The alt-country band came to prominence in the Twin Cities in 1985 fronted by Gary Louris and Mark Olson. They've been recording a new album, due out this Spring, but today we get a preview of the new music live. Plus, Gary and Mark talk about the Minneapolis music scene, past and present.

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The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Chris and Oliver Wood, on bass and guitar respectively, started jamming together in 2005 and released their debut a year later. Today, they're live in the studio to play songs from their latest release, called Paradise. We'll also hear what it's like to be in a band with your brother, and we'll meet the new third band member, drummer Jano Rix.

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The Bright Light Social Hour

The CBC's Talia Schlanger welcomes The Bright Light Social Hour on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The Austin band is acclaimed for stretching musical boundaries with their psychedelic rock. Their new release, Space Is Still the Place, is inspired by the 1973 Sun Ra album, Space Is the Place, and the film of the same name. We'll learn about that connection and about their life as a band, and Bright Light Social Hour play live.

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Wild Child

Wild Child join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Led by songwriters Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins, the Austin indie-pop band has steadily been gaining national recognition since their debut in 2011. Their new, third effort is called Fools, and the band is in the studio today to perform some songs live. Also, Kelsey and Alexander share about the life experiences that inspire their often dark lyrics.

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David Wax Museum

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes David Wax Museum. Singer-songwriter David Wax and his musical and life partner, Suz Slezak, have a new album, called Guesthouse. It strays a bit from the Mexican influences that defined their early career, this time offering more straightforward pop songs. We'll hear a live studio performance, and David and Suz discuss life as touring musicians.

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John Grant

John Grant is David Dye's guest on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. He got his start with Denver alt-rock band The Czars before going solo in 2010, and two more acclaimed albums followed, including the latest, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. Today, John talks about growing up gay in a conservative community, his permanent relocation to Iceland, and he plays a stripped-down live set.

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Liz Vice

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Portland, Oregon singer, Liz Vice. She was studying to be a filmmaker when her church pastor, Josh White, encouraged her to take up music and even wrote her an album. This would become her debut, called There's a Light. We'll hear Liz's story today, from overcoming lupus to becoming a touring musician, plus a soulful live performance.

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