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Thomas Dolby Rocks the Computer in Studio 4A

Thomas Dolby arrived in the 1980s with his hit, "She Blinded Me with Science." He sets up new equipment and performs in NPR's Studio 4A, demonstrating how times have changed for electronic musicians.

Thomas Dolby Rocks the Computer in Studio 4A

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Gabriela Montero: Improvising in the Stars

A Performance Today listener calls in with a song to sing, and pianist Gabriela Montero creates her own improvisation around it, right on the spot. This time, memories of jazz singer Betty Carter inspire the caller to sing "So Many Stars."

Gabriela Montero: Improvising in the Stars

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Aimee Mann: Bittersweet Holidays

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After making a name for herself as the wild-haired lead singer of the '80s new-wave band 'Til Tuesday, Mann spent years carving out an iconoclastic career in pop music's margins. Mann's new disc is a collection of holiday songs titled One More Drifter in the Snow.

Aimee Mann in Studio on World Cafe - 12/25/2006

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Rahim Al Haj's Odyssey with the Oud

The ancient stringed instrument has taken the Iraqi musician from Baghdad to New Mexico. He talks about his journey and his new CD, When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq.

Rahim Al Haj's Odyssey with the Oud

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Twilight Singers: Emotionally Raw and Unhinged

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Even at its mellowest, Twilight Singers' music is driving and intense, with an emotional rawness that's only enhanced by Greg Dulli's unhinged vocals. Dulli remains well-known as the former singer and songwriter of Afghan Whigs.

Twilight Singers in Studio on World Cafe - 12/20/2006

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Willy Porter: Sparkling Folk Goes Grassroots

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One of the artists at the forefront of the modern folk-music scene, Willy Porter began his career by selling copies of his debut album out of the trunk of his car in 1990. Since then, Porter has juggled labels and flirted with mainstream success, but his music has remained consistently compelling.

Willy Porter in Studio on World Cafe - 12/19/2006

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Aaron Neville: The Roots of Soul

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It's hard to define Aaron Neville's music — he's been nominated for Grammys in country, R&B, pop and gospel — but it's hard to argue with his success. The third of the four brothers in the New Orleans musical powerhouse Neville Brothers, Aaron has been the most successful Neville when it comes to transitioning to a solo career.

Aaron Neville: The Roots of Soul

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Driveway Moments

Yusuf Islam: the Former Cat Stevens on His New CD

British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, talks about his musical and spiritual journey and performs songs from his new CD, An Other Cup.

Yusuf Islam: the Former Cat Stevens on His New CD

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Pete Yorn: Warm, Breezy Pop

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On this summer's Nightcrawler, Yorn crafts what may be his richest, most beautiful set of songs yet. More subdued than his earlier work, the album brings Yorn's warm, breezy pop to the foreground, while overflowing with confidence and personality.

Pete Yorn in Studio on World Cafe - 12/13/2006

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Jennifer O'Connor: Raw Rock, Honest Folk

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Whether O'Connor is a folk singer with a rock aesthetic or a rocker with folk leanings is ultimately a moot point. The New York City resident crafts music that's honest, accessible and even fun, and on her new album, she seems destined for a breakthrough.

Jennifer O'Connor in Studio on World Cafe - 12/12/2006

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