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JP, Chrissie And The Fairground Boys On World Cafe

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The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Welsh musician JP Jones teamed up to release a collaborative debut earlier this year. Listen to the two perform five songs live.

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Dr. John On Piano Jazz

A pianist, singer, composer and icon, Dr. John blends soul, pop, rock, jazz, zydeco and an unmistakable voice to create his unique take on New Orleans' musical flavor. In this session from 1989, Dr. John performs "Struttin' With Some BBQ" and his hit tune "Right Place, Wrong Time," among others.

Dr. John On Piano Jazz

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Crowded House On World Cafe

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The long-running rock band is back with one of its best albums yet. Hear songs recorded on the World Cafe Live stage and an interview with founding member Neil Finn.

Crowded House On World Cafe

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Bettye LaVette: Open To Interpretation

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The soul icon burst back on to the scene this year with Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, on which she covers classic rock tracks. LaVette joins Claudia Marshall at WFUV to perform two songs from the record and discuss how the project came about.

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

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Tony Allen On World Cafe

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Recognized as one of the most influential drummers of our day and the heartbeat of Afrobeat, Allen incorporated his innovative bass drum patterns in the music of Fela Kuti's revered band Africa '70. The 70-year-old musical giant continues to make music today.

Tony Allen On World Cafe

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Bassekou Kouyate On World Cafe

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The father of the modern day ngoni has brought the instrument and its history to the forefront of Mali's musical culture. Kouyate has put together his own band of four ngoni players, and you can hear them perform their playful music live.

I Speak Fula

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Nneka: Soulful Sounds From Lagos

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The Nigerian singer opened for Nas and Damian Marley earlier this year, but she's now playing to her own large crowds. Nneka and her band join KEXP's Jon Kertzer for a studio session and interview.

Nneka In Studio at KEXP

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John Legend And The Roots On World Cafe

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The neo-soul singer recently teamed up with the legendary hip-hop band to record an album of '60s and '70s soul covers called Wake Up! Hear the two perform their renditions of soul classics live from the Philadelphia studios of WXPN.

John Legend And The Roots On World Cafe

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Dr. John: The Old Soul Of New Orleans

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The unmistakable croak of Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. has been representing the Crescent City for more than 50 years. The singer, songwriter and pianist recently performed at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle and gave an emotional interview about the city he loves.

Dr. John In Studio at Jazz24

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Best Coast On World Cafe

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Lo-fi surf-rock's sweetheart released one of the most debated albums of 2010, Crazy For You. Hear the trio's sun-soaked pop live in the WXPN studios.

Best Coast On World Cafe

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Crash Test Dummies On World Cafe

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After an extended hiatus, the haunting rock duo are back with a new album.  Hear the band's intriguing mix of child-like optimism and dark, brooding vocals live in the WXPN studios.

Crash Test Dummies On World Cafe

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NPR Music Faces The Man, With An Assist From Lost In The Trees

When NPR Music staffers were called upon to speak on Capitol Hill, we brought in a ringer: the Tiny Desk Concert veterans in Lost in the Trees, a.k.a. the band Bob wishes to adopt as his chamber-folk foster children. Hear the complete session.

Lost in the Trees: Recorded Live on Capitol Hill

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Darrell Scott On World Cafe

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Son of musician Wayne Scott, the multi-instrumentalist and country star reasserts his claim to fame by playing all of the instruments on his new album. He sticks to guitar on his studio session with David Dye.

Darrell Scott On World Cafe

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Eyedea: A Life Cut Short

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The St. Paul, Minn., rapper Eyedea, born Michael Larsen, died Saturday at 28. Listen to a studio session Larsen recorded with Minnesota Public Radio's The Current last year.

Eyedea: A Life Cut Short

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MGMT On World Cafe

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The rock duo made a name for itself with electro jams, then moved on to Zombies-esque psych pop. Hear the band perform music from its album Congratulations live in the WXPN studios of Philadelphia.

MGMT On World Cafe

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