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Angaleena Presley

On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is Angaleena Presley. Before her huge success as a member of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, she grew up a coal miner's daughter in Kentucky. Presley recalls those roots on her solo debut, American Middle Class. She explains how the album was a long time coming in today's interview and plays live in the studio.

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Cookies

Cookies join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. They are a Brooklyn based electro-pop band centered around the work of Ben Sterling, who produced their debut almost entirely on his own. The very catchy new collection is titled Music for Touching. We'll hear a live performance from Cookies and Ben discusses his history with Mobius Band.

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Ryan Bingham

David Dye welcomes Ryan Bingham on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Following his successful debut in 2007, he collaborated with T Bone Burnett to write the Grammy-winning music for the film, Crazy Heart. Now, he has a new batch of Americana songs on the album Fear and Saturday Night. Ryan performs a live set today, and he'll share about his struggles growing up.

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The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds are live on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Today, we meet the Pennsylvania folk trio who got together in 2012, and have just released their first album on Yep Roc Records, called Best Medicine. The Cafe's Michaela Majoun speaks with them about their upbringing in musical families and the contemporary issues addressed in their songwriting. Plus, The Stray Birds play a set in front of a live audience.

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The Lone Bellow

Guster visit David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After 20 years together, their new album, Evermotion, steps outside the box of their signature rock sound. The band's three original members talk about the transition and the influence of their producer, Richard Swift, in this interview. And we'll hear some of Guster's new music live from the stage of World Cafe Live.

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Guster

Guster visit David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After 20 years together, their new album, Evermotion, steps outside the box of their signature rock sound. The band's three original members talk about the transition and the influence of their producer, Richard Swift, in this interview. And we'll hear some of Guster's new music live from the stage of World Cafe Live.

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Alvvays

On World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Alvvays, pronounced "Always." The creative force behind the band is singer-songwriter Molly Rankin, a legacy of the acclaimed Canadian folk group, The Rankin Family. They make irresistible indie pop, as we'll hear in today's live performance, and Alvvays will discuss the making of their self-titled debut.

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Israel Nash

FOn this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Israel Nash. After living and recording his first two albums in both upstate New York and the city, the alt-country artist moved to a ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. His new album, Rain Plans, was recorded there; we'll find out why the change of scenery has been so good for his music, and Israel plays live.

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Robyn Hitchcock

David Dye's guest is Robyn Hitchcock on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. His long career began with psychedelic band The Soft Boys in the '70s and The Egyptians in the '80s, together with a prolific solo catalogue that continues with the new release, The Man Upstairs. It's a mix of covers and originals, which Robyn will perform live in the studio today, and he'll talk about what it was like working with legendary producer Joe Boyd.

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Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone join David Dye on World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The Montreal-based group is led by Rishi Dhir, who combines Indian classical music with '60s psychedelic rock. Their new third album, The Three Poisons, developed from an amazing collection of records that Dhir found on his doorstep. He'll explain what kind of music he discovered that day, and Elephant Stone perform live.

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