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Dessa: Twin Cities Hip-Hop, Sparkling With Energy

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Nervous, jittery and sparkling with energy, Minneapolis' Dessa stopped by The Current's studios to record a session with the help of local luminaries Jeremy Messersmith and Aby Wolf.

Dessa: Twin Cities Hip-Hop, Sparkling With Energy

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Scott Miller And Will Hoge On World Cafe

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Explosive live performances, non-stop touring and a commitment to songwriting have earned Scott Miller and Will Hoge a dedicated following. Hear a collaborative performance both artists, as well an interview with World Cafe host David Dye.

Scott Miller And Will Hoge On World Cafe

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Dar Williams And Allison Moorer On World Cafe

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Hear Dar Williams and Allison Moorer discuss their careers with World Cafe host David Dye. They also play songs together as part of the 2011 Cayamo Cruise.

Dar Williams And Allison Moorer On World Cafe

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Watch: Chico Mann Live At KCRW

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Analog Drift was the most played album on KCRW for several weeks after its release in 2010. So it made sense to bring Chico Mann's irresistible, Afrobeat- and Latin-inspired electronic music to the studio for a session.

KCRW Presents: Chico Mann

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O Emperor On 'World Cafe: Next'

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Influenced by classic acts like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, Waterford, Ireland's O Emperor released Hither Thither last fall. Hear two songs from the group's debut.

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Buddy Miller And Patty Griffin On World Cafe

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Miller and Griffin join David Dye from this year's Cayamo Cruise, during which the two talk about the power of music and their work together.

Buddy Miller And Patty Griffin On World Cafe

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Mercer Ellington On Piano Jazz

The son of "The Maestro" duets with Marian McPartland during "C Jam Blues" and more in a 1993 session.

Mercer Ellington On Piano Jazz

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Captain Black Big Band: Full Flavor Jazz

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Philadelphia-based pianist and composer Orrin Evans brought 16 other musicians to the WBGO studios — and that represents less than half of the rotating cast of the jazz orchestra he organizes. Hear their session from Newark, N.J.

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Middle Brother On World Cafe

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After several on-stage collaborations, members of Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit decided to make it official with Middle Brother. Hear the Americana trio play songs from its eponymous debut.

Middle Brother On World Cafe

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Peter Wolf Crier: A Rootsy Tradition With A Twist

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Steeped in roots-rock tradition, the Minnesotans in Peter Wolf Crier play gritty, percussive folk music. In this studio session with The Current, the duo plays songs from its 2010 album Inter-Be.

Peter Wolf Crier: A Rootsy Tradition With A Twist

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