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Stephen Sondheim On Piano Jazz

The musical theater composer performs "Send in the Clowns" and more with host Marian McPartland.

Stephen Sondheim On Piano Jazz

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Nick Lowe On World Cafe

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The mainstay of English songwriting performs cuts off his recent album, The Old Magic, as well as some old favorites.

Nick Lowe On World Cafe

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Music Articles

Sounds Of Blackness: Songs Of Hope In Hard Times

The Grammy-winning group has been inspiring listeners for decades. In a performance chat with host Michel Martin, band members discuss their anniversary CD, which focuses on reconciliation and healing.

Sounds Of Blackness: Songs Of Hope In Hard Times

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Adele On World Cafe

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Adele may be the hottest singer in the world at the moment and that's all because of her latest album, 21, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album charts. Hear the now 22-year-old chat with World Cafe host David Dye and perform songs from her award-winning albums.

Adele On World Cafe

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Best Music Of 2011

David Dye's Favorite New Bands Of 2011

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Dozens of new bands stopped by WXPN's Philadelphia studios in 2011, and World Cafe host David Dye witnessed them all. Hear the host's top five performances by emerging artists and download a song from each session.

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Dawes On World Cafe

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The L.A. roots rock band is touring North America with Alison Krauss. Hear an interview and studio session with Dawes on this edition of World Cafe.

Dawes On World Cafe

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St. Vincent On World Cafe

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On her new album Strange Mercy, Annie Clark uses her incredible musicianship to her advantage, composing songs that find her in a happy medium between arranging and shredding.

St. Vincent On World Cafe

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A Holiday Extravaganza From World Cafe

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On a special Christmas-themed episode, Carole King, Scott Weiland, Jack Johnson and G. Love all perform live. Plus, World Cafe artists pick their favorite seasonal songs for the music mix.

A Holiday Extravaganza From World Cafe

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Favorite Sessions

Steven Bernstein's MTO: Revitalizing Sly Stone

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Bernstein leads his Millennial Territory Orchestra through a set of Sly and the Family Stone hits that are intricate, interesting and, in many cases, unpredictable.

Steven Bernstein's MTO in Studio at WFUV

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The Chain Gang Of 1974 On World Cafe

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Though inspired by 30-year-old synth-driven pop, DJ Kamtin Mohager's project feels fresh and new.

The Chain Gang Of 1974 On World Cafe

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