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Buddy Guy and Co.: Legend Among Legends

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In addition to being one of the hardest-working performers in music, Buddy Guy also owns the most successful blues club in Chicago. His new album, Bring 'Em In, features guest performers from Tracy Chapman and John Mayer to Keith Richards and Carlos Santana.

Buddy Guy in Studio on World Cafe - 10/13/2005

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Sigur Ros Burns Through the Gloom

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The music of Icelandic band Sigur Ros music has often been compared to the vast and dreamy landscape of their homeland. Its sound, sparse and yet sweeping, imparted visions of endless snowfields broken only by glaciers and the occasional volcano.

Sigur Ros in Studio on World Cafe - 10/28/2005

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Laura Veirs Rocks the Smart Folk

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Seattle-based singer and songwriter Laura Veirs has released a new album, Year of Meteors. It's the follow-up to 2004's Carbon Glacier, which was hailed as a masterful blend of pop, folk and country.

Laura Veirs in Studio on World Cafe - 10/27/2005

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The Knitters Put the 'X' Back Into Country

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The alt-country band the Knitters is led by John Doe and Exene Cervenka — who also front X, the legendary punk band. Their first album release in 20 years includes country-fried versions of X songs along with classics popularized by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

The Knitters in Studio on World Cafe - 10/26/2005

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Coldplay's Continuing Evolution

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Chris Martin and his band Coldplay have found success again with the band's latest album, X&Y.

Coldplay in Studio on World Cafe - 10/07/2005

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Nickel Creek, Playing with 'Fire'

The three young musicians in Nickel Creek are known for their polished traditional bluegrass. But a new CD, Why Should the Fire Die?, takes a darker turn. Sean Watkins, Chris Thile and Sara Watkins visit with Debbie Elliott and play some of their music.

Nickel Creek, Playing with 'Fire'

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Devendra Banhart's 'Cripple Crow'

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Cripple Crow is Devendra Banhart's new release of artful alternative folk songs. His distinctive voice has drawn comparisons to a disparate list that includes Billie Holiday and Tiny Tim.

Devendra Banhart in Studio on World Cafe - 10/20/2005

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A Touch of Tchaikovsky from Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell is one of the busiest violinists performing today. When he visited with Fred Child in the NPR studios, he brought along music by Tchaikovsky — the "Melodie" — as well as Sarasate's "Introduction and Tarantella."

A Touch of Tchaikovsky from Joshua Bell

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A Troubled Life Leads to 'White Trash Girl'

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The always outrageous blueswoman Candye Kane is back with a new album, White Trash Girl. With a history that includes poverty, gang life, and working in the sex industry, she has earned the right to sing the blues.

Candye Kane in Studio on World Cafe - 10/19/2005

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The Vanity Project, from Steven Page

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The Vanity Project is the first solo effort by Steven Page, one of the frontmen of the wildly successful Canadian folk-pop band Barenaked Ladies. The self-titled album is something of a departure.

The Vanity Project in Studio on World Cafe - 10/12/2005

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