World Cafe

Jessica Lea Mayfield: 'Heartfelt' Blasphemy

XPN

At 19, Mayfield has a mature sound that seems evolved beyond her years, and she's already attracted attention as a featured vocalist with her friends in The Black Keys. She performs music from debut album, With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt, in a session from WXPN.

Jessica Lea Mayfield: 'Heartfelt' Blasphemy

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Gary Louris: A Jayhawk Goes Solo

XPN

As a founding member of The Jayhawks, Gary Louris co-wrote some of alt-country's finest albums with vocalist and guitarist Mark Olson. Louris strikes out on his own on Vagabonds, his first solo CD. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

Gary Louris in Studio on World Cafe 3/4/08

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Spottiswoode, Jamming with His Enemies

Spottiswoode and His Enemies have long been a staple of the New York City scene. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the band released two new albums. Hear an interview and performance with lead man Jonathan Spottiswoode.

Spottiswoode, Jamming with His Enemies

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Music Articles

Beat Boxing with Yuri Lane

The sound of beat boxing has been the background to generations of hip-hop music. But one man is using the form to express a political message of peace for the Middle East. Performer Yuri Lane talks about his one-man show, From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beat Box Journey.

Beat Boxing with Yuri Lane

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World Cafe

The New Pornographers: Powers Combined

XPN

The Vancouver indie-pop supergroup The New Pornographers includes some of the foremost songwriters of the genre. With four critically acclaimed albums behind the band, its success continues unabated. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

The New Pornographers in Studio on World Cafe 1/25/08

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From the Top

Opera Star Inspires Classical Teens in Huntsville

In Huntsville, Alabama, From the Top's gifted young musicians include a bassoonist who tests the limit of her instrument; a pianist with a phenomenal memory; a 13-year-old guitarist with a work especially composed for him, and a teenage soprano who uses her substantial voice for both singing and cheering for her favorite sports teams. And a special guest, the accomplished opera singer Angela Brown, performs with two of the young musicians.

Opera Star Inspires Classical Teens in Huntsville

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Favorite Sessions

Orgone Sets Funk Phasers to 'Killion'

KEXP

When the San Francisco-based funk-soul band Orgone came to the KEXP studios in Seattle, the group had listeners everywhere dancing in their cubicles. Among original funk songs led by guitar wizard Sergio Rios, Orgone also performed covers by Isaac Hayes and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

Orgone in Studio on KEXP 1/29/08

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Jeff Daniels: The Actor Sings

XPN

Best known for his acting roles in movies like The Purple Rose of Cairo and Terms of Endearment, Jeff Daniels has joined the music world. His music is full of blues riffs and folk-guitar playing with witty lyrics. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

Jeff Daniels in Studio on World Cafe 2/12/08

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Nada Surf: 'Lucky' at Long Last

XPN

Countless one-hit wonders littered the alt-rock landscape in the mid-'90s, but some had far more staying power than they were given credit for. Today, after label woes and false starts, Nada Surf is doing better than ever. Hear the trio in an interview and performance from WXPN.

Nada Surf in Studio on World Cafe 2/15/08

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Favorite Sessions

The Mountain Goats: Energy in Surplus

WNYC Radio

With more than 500 tunes to his name, John Darnielle can't be accused of slacking. But when the man behind The Mountain Goats visited the WNYC studios, Darnielle (a prolific songwriter, former nurse, heavy metal expert, and author) showed off his many talents.

The Mountain Goats in Studio on Soundcheck - 03/11/2008

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