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Dr. Dog On World Cafe

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The Philadelphia indie-pop band Dr. Dog filters classic rock and pop through a lo-fi slacker aesthetic that recalls Pavement or Guided by Voices and sounds both timeless and immediate. Dr. Dog's seventh album, Shame, Shame, was released in April. Hear the group perform music from the album.

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Neon Indian: Electro-Pop, From Coast To Coast

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KEXP's Morning Show host, John Richards, was on one coast. Electro-pop performer Alan Palomo was on the other, but you'd never know it by listening to this studio session. Hear Palomo and his band tear through a three-song set.

Neon Indian In Studio at KEXP, 08/16/2010

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The Gaslight Anthem On World Cafe

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The New Jersey band's latest release, American Slang, proves it can tone it down and still stay true to its punk roots. Employing slower tempos, singer Brian Fallon lets his battered vocals shine with style and grace. Listen to the band's in-studio performance here.

The Gaslight Anthem On World Cafe

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Phosphorescent On World Cafe

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Brooklyn songwriter Matthew Houck writes music perfect for the back porch. His new album, Here's to Taking It Easy, takes the outlaw vibe of Willie Nelson, dials back the twang just a bit, and finds the sweet spot between country and rock.

Phosphorescent On World Cafe

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Stars: Beautiful Pop, Even Better Banter

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The Montreal indie-pop quintet is known for its keen sense of melodrama. Who knew its members were off-the-charts funny, too? Listen to the band perform in studio at WFUV, including a stunning version of "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead," then get increasingly giddy during an interview with host Rita Houston.

Stars In Studio at WFUV, 06/02/2010

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The Unthanks On World Cafe

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Neo-folk sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank are revered in their native England and count Radiohead and Portishead among their fans. The siblings bring their new group to the WXPN studios to play live versions of songs from their new album, Here's the Tender Coming.

The Unthanks On World Cafe

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Ebene Quartet: Genre-Bending At WNYC

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The versatile French quartet plays Ravel and Debussy as if born to do it, but the group also delights in surf-rock and jazz. Hear the Ebene Quartet play it all in the WNYC studios.

Ebene Quartet: Genre-Bending At WNYC

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Esperanza Spalding: It Takes A 'Society'

Blending jazz, soul, Brazilian vocalese and classical, Spalding creates music with broad appeal. With Chamber Music Society, the bassist and composer harkens back to her classical music training with a string section.

Esperanza Spalding: It Takes A 'Society'

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Widespread Panic On World Cafe

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It's hard to believe the Georgia jam band has been making music for almost 25 years. Fresh off a new album on Dave Matthews' record label, Widespread Panic files into the WXPN studios for an intimate performance.

Widespread Panic On World Cafe

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Laurie Anderson On World Cafe

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It took almost nine years, but the experimental pop artist finally got around to recording a new album, Homeland. She discusses its multiple meanings with host David Dye and performs a song from the record.

Laurie Anderson On World Cafe

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Laura Marling: Unsettling And Unexpected

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Not yet 21, the British folk star recently earned her second Mercury Prize nomination, this time for her album I Speak Because I Can. Here, she brings her eerie English songs to WFUV's Studio A for an in-studio performance.

Laura Marling In Studio at WFUV, 05/13/2010

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Elvin Bishop On World Cafe

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The blues-rock veteran pays homage to his cherry-red '59 Gibson on the new slide-guitar showpiece Red Dog Speaks. Hear Bishop perform songs from the album live in this studio session.

Elvin Bishop On World Cafe

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Elizabeth Cook On World Cafe

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The country star first caught David Dye's attention with her 2007 album Balls. Now she's back with a new album, Welder, produced by Don Was. Hear Cook perform in the World Cafe studio.

Elizabeth Cook On World Cafe

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Midori's Far-Reaching Message Of Music

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When she's not keeping a busy schedule of concerts, Midori has founded music education programs here and abroad -- and pursued some education herself, earning a master's degree in psychology. Hear the violinist play Bach, Hindemith and Brahms in the APM studio.

Hear Midori's Session In The Performance Today Studio

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Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

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WXPN's Michaela Majoun talks to Thorn about the real-life inspiration for her recent release, Love and Its Opposite. The disc is her second solo album after her band, Everything but the Girl, went on hiatus in 2000. The British singer-songwriter performs some of the new songs live on World Cafe.

Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

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