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Local Natives On World Cafe

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These long-time friends from Orange County called their debut album Gorilla Manor in honor of the space they shared while living and working together. Hear an interview and tunes from their energetic live show.

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String Quartet Soulmates: Ravel and Adams

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When composer John Adams heard the St. Lawrence Quartet play Beethoven, creative doors started flying open. Inspired by the musicians, and the music of Maurice Ravel, Adams wrote his very first string quartet.

String Quartet Soulmates: Ravel and Adams

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Good Old War On World Cafe

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Refined, tactful songwriting and exquisite vocal harmonies make this small-town Pennsylvania trio shine. Good Old War's folk-inspired sound highlights its simple, hook-filled music. Here, the band discusses and performs songs from its new self-titled album.

Good Old War On World Cafe

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Karan Casey: The Countryside Personified

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The celebrated Irish folksinger speaks with Folk Alley's Jim Blum about her decision to leave Celtic headliner Solas, the disintegrating record industry and her children's love for Lady Gaga. Hear the interview and a riveting in-studio performance.

Karan Casey: The Countryside Personified

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Carolina Chocolate Drops on World Cafe

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The band recently released its third album, Genuine Negro Jig, with the help of its inspiration, Joe Thompson. The album finds the trio reworking covers of classics, pop hits and carefully crafted originals. Together, CCD's members share a single passion: to keep the tradition of old-time string music alive, exciting and inventive.

Carolina Chocolate Drops on World Cafe

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Meg Baird: Reassuring Uncertainties

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The enchanting Philadelphia folksinger joins David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air to unveil new songs and intriguing covers of music by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. Listen to the entire session here.

Meg Baird: Reassuring Uncertainties

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RJD2 On World Cafe

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Colossus marks a departure from the comparatively traditional pop-rock sound of RJD2's 2007 album The Third Hand. His pop influences surface on tracks such as "The Glow," but his textures are driven by kick and snare patterns that resemble the hip-hop of his earlier work. Watch RJD2 demonstrate the process of creating sample-based music, using one of his own songs.

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Fitz And The Tantrums: Northern Soul, SoCal Style

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The Los Angeles sextet visited host John Richards at KEXP's New York studios to play a bold, lively set of brassed-up breakup songs. Hear and download the entire session here.

Hear And Download The Full Session From KEXP

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Shout Out Louds On World Cafe

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This Swedish indie-pop band's latest album, Work, features a surprisingly raw, stripped-down sound, but it's still full of catchy pop. The group visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Shout Out Louds On World Cafe

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Cuban legend Omara Portuondo recently performed at the WFUV studios in New York City. Tomas Mina hide caption

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Omara Portuondo: Cuban Music's Matriarch

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The legendary 81-year-old singer from Havana stopped by WFUV's Studio-A in New York City on her way to a performance at Carnegie Hall. Listen to her transfixing studio session here.

Omara Portuondo: Cuban Music's Matriarch

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