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In Studio: Ben Kweller's Country Makeover

As a teenager, the singer-songwriter was already touring the world with his rock band. His new album takes him back to before then, when country music blasted out of Texas radio stations. He performs a solo acoustic set in NPR's Studio 4A.

In Studio: Ben Kweller's Country Makeover

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Billy Childs On Piano Jazz

The pianist was a young artist on the rise when he first appeared on Piano Jazz in 1993. He's now known for his blend of chamber-music instrumentation and small-group jazz interplay. In this performance, Childs goes back to his jazz roots.

Billy Childs On Piano Jazz

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Simone Dinnerstein Plays Bach Old And New

American Public Media

Two years ago, the Brooklyn-based pianist launched her career with a top-selling Bach CD. In the Performance Today studios, she presents more from the master, as well as a new set of variations on a Bach melody.

Hear Dinnerstein Play Bach In The 'Performance Today' Studio

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Danish Space Rock

XPN

Spacey and adventurous, this duo from Copenhagen experiments with funk, folk, soul and '60s psychedelia. Its album Fruit has yet to be released, but the band has already enjoyed considerable success opening for Amy Winehouse. Hear the duo perform a session on World Cafe.

Fruit

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Franz Nicolay: A Punk-Rock Cabaret

XPN

Known for his waxed mustache and theatrical keyboard work with The Hold Steady, Nicolay has just released a solo album, Major General. Nicolay blends punk, rock and cabaret into a rollicking showcase.

Franz Nicolay in Studio on World Cafe

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El Guincho: Hypnotic Dance Music

KEXP

Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to KEXP, it was as if the studio had been transformed into a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.

El Guincho in Studio on KEXP 11/24/08

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Sharon Little: Songs From The Road

XPN

The soulful pop singer was working as a waitress at the start of 2008, but it didn't take her long to grab a spot as the opening act for Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T-Bone Burnett on their Raising Sand tour. Though she might be called an overnight sensation, Little has been honing her bluesy, jazzy style for years.

Sharon Little in Studio on World Cafe 2/24/09

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Derek Trucks: Blues With Family Roots

XPN

At 15, Trucks formed the Derek Trucks Band. Six albums later, the group is still jamming out blues- and soul-inspired rock. In this studio session, host David Dye chats with Trucks and special guest Susan Tedeschi about his new album, Already Free.

Derek Trucks in Studio on World Cafe 1/23/2009

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Michael Franti And Spearhead: Rebels, Relaxed

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

A winter chill in New York City couldn't temper the genre-blending group's mellow attitude and natural charisma. In a recent trip to WFUV's studios, activist and frontman Franti led his band into an interview and studio performance.

A Little Bit of Riddim

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The Spinto Band: Infectious Indie-Rockers

XPN

Often compared to The Flaming Lips and Pavement for its complex indie-pop sound, The Spinto Band draws from the music of Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and many other acts with Bs in their names. Its latest album is Moonwink.

The Spinto Band in Studio on World Cafe 2/19/09

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