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Favorite Sessions

Rhythm Angels: Enchanting Americana

WKSU

With roots in Colorado and North Dakota, Rebecca Folsom and Celeste Krenz now call Nashville home. But the duo isn't tied to Music City — the Rhythm Angels are always on the road, spreading angelic Americana. Watch videos from their session at Folk Alley.

Rhythm Angels In Studio On Folk Alley

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World Cafe

Mindy Smith: A Chanteuse's Emotional Return

XPN

Long Island native Mindy Smith continues to move beyond the boundaries of mainstream country by pairing sugary vocals with surprisingly dark lyrics. On her new album, Stupid Love, Smith expands her musical palette with the addition of rich instrumental layers, all while exploring the turbulent nature of relationships. Hear her in a session on World Cafe.

Mindy Smith: A Chanteuse's Emotional Return

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Camera Obscura: Infectious And Poetic

XPN

Since 1996, the Scottish band has been playing infectious, poetic indie-pop to ever-wider acclaim. The orchestrally inclined group performs material from its newest release, the sunny My Maudlin Career, at WXPN.

Camera Obscura: Infectious And Poetic

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Edward Sharpe's Psychedelic Folk Troupe

XPN

They're a big outfit as indie bands go, but the 13-piece Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have created quite a buzz in Los Angeles, and in the indie world writ large, making excellent '60s-style folk-rock that could be called revivalist. With their converted school/tour bus, their back porch acoustics and their almost communal air, this is one band not to miss.

Edward Sharpe's Psychedelic Folk Troupe

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Serenading Science In A New Rock Album

In Here Comes Science, They Might Be Giants tackles the scientific process, plasma physics, the role of blood in the body and the importance of DNA, all in song. Band members John Linnell and John Flansburgh discuss the album and play some science tunes.

Serenading Science In A New Rock Album

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World Cafe

The Return Of The Jayhawks (Sort Of)

XPN

At the core of The Jayhawks' alt-country music is the combined talent of Gary Louris and Mark Olson. These guys seem to have it all: impeccable guitar lines, smooth harmonies and songwriting capabilities that rival just about any musician (or group of musicians) around.

The Jawhawks in Studio on World Cafe 09/24/09

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Favorite Sessions

Harlem Quartet Takes The 'A' Train In Boston

WGBH Radio

What grew from a music competition in Detroit is now a full-fledged string quartet. Hear the excellent young players of the Harlem Quartet play a classy arrangement of the jazz standard "Take the 'A' Train," a vibrant rendition of Ravel's String Quartet in F and a rambunctious conga at the WGBH studio in Boston.

Harlem Quartet Takes The 'A' Train In Boston

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World Cafe

Dave Alvin And Roots-Rock's Guilty Women

XPN

Alvin is a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter whose interpretation of roots music has won countless fans for its raw yet dignified power. For more than 25 years, he's been cooking up batches of folksy songs that range from rockabilly to punk to blues. His latest project, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, is yet another step in yet another direction.

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women on World Cafe 09/23/09

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World Cafe

The Strawbs: Pop's Timeline Gets Unplugged

XPN

The Strawbs' members are survivors. Enduring for more than 40 years, their brand of rock has defied categorization, creating a virtual timeline of pop music. In a session from WXPN, the band goes through its long history and performs two songs.

Acoustic Strawbs In Studio On World Cafe 9/22/09

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Japandroids: A Frantic Invasion

KEXP

Out of the hallways at KEXP, passersby could hear an explosive, enthusiastic burst of guitars and drums. The sound was huge, but it came from only two scrawny young men, each playing furiously. Japandroids may be a duo, but it sure doesn't sound like one.

Japandroids In Studio On KEXP 6/16/09

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