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Old 97's On World Cafe

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Rhett Miller and his long-running alt-country act visits the studios at WXPN in Philadelphia to perform songs from its eighth full-length, The Grand Theater, Volume One.

Old 97's On World Cafe

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Jonathan Batiste's set spans traditional tunes, some Monk-inspired stride and his original compositions. Ingrid Hertfelder/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jonathan Batiste On Piano Jazz

Exciting young pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste hails from the cradle of jazz, New Orleans. He joins guest host Jon Weber for a set spanning traditional tunes, some Monk-inspired stride and his original compositions.

Jonathan Batiste On Piano Jazz

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Duffy On World Cafe

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Working with The Roots and Albert Hammond Jr., the Welsh neo-soul singer returns with a new record. Hear her perform songs from Endlessly, along with a cut from her debut, Rockferry, on World Cafe.

Duffy On World Cafe

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The unlikely Americana duo of Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez recently performed a studio session at KUT. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chip Taylor And Carrie Rodriguez: Digging Roots

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After a chance encounter at SXSW in 2001, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez have worked together to become stars in the world of Americana music. Hear Taylor and Rodriguez play material from their recent greatest-hits collection The New Bye and Bye during a studio session with KUT.

"Don't Speak In English"

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Bilal On World Cafe

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After finding a following after the leak of his 2006 record, Love For Sale, the genre-hopping crooner returns with Airtight's Revenge, his first album in nine years. Hear him perform his Grammy-nominated single "Little One," as well as other cuts from his latest record.

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Mad Rad: Hip-Hop For The Dance Floor

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The rambunctious Seattle dance-rap group, notorious for its on- and off-stage antics, has grown up on its second album, The Youth Die Young. Hear the quartet perform its songs live at KEXP.

Mad Rad In Studio at KEXP

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Grace Potter and The Nocturnals recently performed on World Cafe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Grace Potter And The Nocturnals On World Cafe

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The soulful blues-rock band has evolved into a powerful quintet since its start as a four-piece in 2002. It's broken into the big time with a recent self-titled album. Hear Potter perform its songs with her band live in the studios of WXPN.

Grace Potter And The Nocturnals On World Cafe

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Iron And Wine: Beyond The Bedroom Studio

Nearly a decade into his career, Sam Beam and his band Iron and Wine have undergone a series of transformations. On their latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, they craft their most diverse record yet.

Iron And Wine: Beyond The Bedroom Studio

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Brian Lynch performs a set of his original tunes and a few standards in this Piano Jazz session. Courtesy of Nick Ruechel hide caption

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Brian Lynch On Piano Jazz

Trumpeter Brian Lynch possesses an impressive command of the jazz spectrum. Often called upon by bandleaders from Latin, straight-ahead and bebop camps, he won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2007. Here, Lynch joins guest host Jon Weber for a set of original tunes and a few standards.

Brian Lynch On Piano Jazz

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The New York band Callers recently performed an hour-long set on WNYC's Spinning on Air. Aaron Wojack hide caption

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Callers: Better Living Through Limitation

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The New York trio combines rock, blues and a little bit of Balkan music to create a sound all its own. Hear songs from Callers' new album, Life of Love, as well as a Wire cover in this studio session from WNYC's Spinning on Air show with host David Garland.

Callers In Studio on WNYC

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Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

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Considered one of the top blues performers today, the longtime bluesman Charlie Musselwhite brings his distinct style of blues-harp and harmonica playing to the World Cafe stage.

The Oxford, England indie-rock quartet played songs from their breakthrough album Beachcomber's Windowsill. J. J. Bullock hide caption

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Stornoway On World Cafe

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Named after a village in Scotland, Stornoway has been gaining fans on both sides of the Atlantic with the release of its acclaimed debut Beachcomber's Windowsill.

Stornoway On World Cafe

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Chocolate Genius, Inc. On World Cafe

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Hear Marc Anthony Thompson, a.k.a. Chocolate Genius, Inc., perform songs from his most recent album, Swan Songs. Thompson's latest album concludes the story that began with his previous two records, GodMusic and Black Yankee Rock.

Chocolate Genius, Inc. On World Cafe

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A former chef and handyman, Charles Bradley recently earned a long-awaited record deal. Kisha Bari hide caption

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Charles Bradley: 40 Years Of Soul Music

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Daptone Records discovered Bradley performing James Brown songs at a tiny club in Brooklyn. The soul label was so smitten, it gave the former chef and handyman a record contract. Hear Bradley perform songs from his new album, No Time for Dreaming, on WFUV.

Charles Bradley In Studio at WFUV

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The Pacific Northwest Gypsy-jazz band Pearl Django recently appeared on KPLU with guitarist Martin Taylor. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Martin Taylor With Pearl Django: Gypsy Jazz

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The jazz guitarist joined forces with the Pacific Northwest's best Gypsy-jazz outfit for a hot studio session at the KPLU studios in Seattle.

Pearl Django In Studio at KPLU

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