World Cafe

Ray Davies Makes His Solo Statement

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As the front man and lead songwriter of the Kinks, Davies helped lead the British Invasion of American pop music. And the group's influence has only grown over the years, as an increasing number of young musicians cite them as an influence.

Ray Davies in Studio on World Cafe - 02/24/2006

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Brazilian Guitar from the Assad Brothers

Sergio and Odair Assad join forces in a concert from the Tisch Center for the Arts in New York. The Grammy-winning guitar duo perform new arrangements of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in G Major and Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti's "Bajao malandro."

Brazilian Guitar from the Assad Brothers

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World Cafe

Bettye Lavette Raises the Soul Flag

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A cult favorite among soul aficionados, Bettye LaVette is back with a scorching new CD, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise.

Bettye LaVette in Studio on World Cafe - 01/25/2006

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The 'White Limousine' from Duncan Sheik

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Widely known for his chart-topping hit "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik traverses new ground with White Limousine. Among his most ambitious work to date, the album is innovative in both content and design.

Duncan Sheik in Studio on World Cafe - 01/27/2006

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Beyond Frou Frou: Imogen Heap

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Though already a well-known pianist and vocalist, her new album, Speak for Yourself, has gained a much larger audience after her songs appeared on the soundtrack of television's The OC and the indie-film hit Garden State.

Imogen Heap in Studio on World Cafe - 03/27/2006

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Six-String Creation: The Derek Trucks Band

Acclaimed guitarist Derek Trucks knows something about musical lineage. He joined his uncle to play in The Allman Brothers Band, and has just released a new studio album with his own band. Songlines is named for a book about Aboriginal creation myth.

Six-String Creation: The Derek Trucks Band

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World Cafe

The Subdudes Mix Gumbo 'Behind the Levee'

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When the Subdudes got back together in 2002, fans of their musical gumbo rejoiced. Four years later, the band is running strong with a style of roots-rock that is made to be played live. Their latest CD was produced by Keb Mo.

The Subdudes in Studio on World Cafe - 03/24/2006

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'Nicely Done' by The Spinto Band

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An experiment in indie-pop that began in a Delaware family's basement has culminated in the Spinto Band CD, Nice and Nicely Done. The band started in a basement in Wilmington, Del., with two sets of brothers and their high-school friends.

The Spinto Band in Studio on World Cafe - 03/23/2006

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Jazzing Up the Rock: The New Standards

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The New Standards are making waves by reinterpreting their favorite songs in a jazz mode. John Munson of Semisonic fame plays bass and sings, Chan Poling of the Suburbs plays piano, and Steve Roehm is on vibraphone as they remake songs by the Replacements and the Clash.

The New Standards in Studio on World Cafe - 03/22/2006

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'Solace for the Lonely' From Robinella

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Hailing from Tennessee, Robinella got her musical start from singing in church. On her first solo effort, Solace for the Lonely, Robinella fuses a variety of musical influences, from Appalachian church music, straight bluegrass, honky-tonk, jazz, blues and more.

Robinella in Studio on World Cafe - 03/21/2006

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