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Steve Martin: Wild And Crazy Banjo

XPN

With his first bluegrass album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, comedic genius Steve Martin reveals another side of his talent.

Steve Martin in Studio on World Cafe 11/24/09

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Favorite Sessions

Pacific Grooves Straight Outta Choc Quib Town

KUT 90.5

Choc Quib Town, a hip-hop act from Colombia's Pacific coast, mixes in marimba and other traditional instruments with turntables and keyboards, creating a world beat-infused sound. In a session from KUT, the joy they bring to their craft is evident and infectious.

Choc Quib Town In Studio On KUT

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Music Videos

Hiromi: A Melodic (And Headbanging) Travelogue

Her new album, Place To Be, was conceived as a journal in sound. In a solo performance, the energetic jazz pianist shows how she translates street scenes to melodies, with her typical effervescence.

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Chopin At 200

Murray Perahia: Bonding With Bach And Chopin

American Public Media

Few pianists can match Perahia's lucid clarity and warm, rippling sound. Hear him play Chopin and Bach, and discuss their music with Performance Today host Fred Child in NPR's studio.

Hear Murray Perahia Play Bach And Chopin At NPR

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Will Stratton: Songs As Statements Of Fact

WNYC Radio

Though only 22, Stratton already has a considerable repertoire under his belt as he gets to work on his third album. Here, the singer-songwriter plays intimate, delicate folk music in a live session for WNYC's Spinning on Air. The performance as a whole is available to stream, and Stratton has also opted to release the live set as a free downloadable EP.

Spotlight: "Do You Remember The Morning"

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World Cafe

Taken By Trees On World Cafe

XPN

Taken By Trees' Victoria Bergsman traveled to Pakistan to record her sophomore album, East of Eden. There, she enlisted the help of local musicians to expand upon her style of delicate folk-pop.

Taken By Trees On World Cafe

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World Cafe

El Perro Del Mar On World Cafe

XPN

El Perro Del Mar, a.k.a. Sarah Assbring, is a Swedish singer-songwriter with a knack for ending relationships right around the time she starts to write her albums. Her latest record, 2009's Love Is Not Pop, finds her once again dealing with the pitfalls of romance under a bed of swirling indie-pop.

El Perro Del Mar On World Cafe

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World Cafe

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

XPN

In this session for WXPN's World Cafe, Veirs plays songs from her latest album, July Flame She also sits down to talk about the album, her first on her own Raven Marching Band label, with guest host Tracey Tanenbaum.

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

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Chopin At 200

Rafal Blechacz's Single-Minded Chopin

American Public Media

The young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has cultivated a deep connection to Chopin's music. Five years ago, at age 20, he swept all the awards at the International Chopin competition. Host Fred Child finds out how he did it, and asks him to play a Chopin Mazurka or two.

Hear Rafal Blechacz Play Chopin At NPR

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All Songs Considered

Grandaddy + Earlimart = Admiral Radley

Day three at SXSW 2010 began with a video shoot at the historic Driskill hotel with Admiral Radley, the newly formed band featuring Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy, and Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart.