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Dougie MacLean

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Saying Something

May 1, 2013 – How do you use a song to deliver a message of social justice, peace or environmental consciousness?

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James Blake performed live for KCRW at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica.

Watch James Blake, 'Retrograde' (Live) KCRW

May 1, 2013 – Watch the British wunderkind and his live band perform the brooding "Retrograde" for KCRW. KCRW

John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have returned with their first new music as Fleetwood Mac in a decade.

Watch Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play'

April 30, 2013 – Stream the band's new EP, and hear the drummer and founding member's thoughts on longevity.

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Ceramic Dog is Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily.

Read Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone

April 30, 2013 – Robert Christgau says Ribot's new hard-rock album with Ceramic Dog ranks among his most daring.

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Clockwise from upper left:  Cover art for The National's Trouble Will Find Me, Iggy Pop, Walker Lukens and Tricky

Read New Music From Iggy Pop, Tricky, The National And More

April 30, 2013 – This week's mix will change your life. (Probably not, but it's some pretty damn good music!)

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Roc Marciano.

Watch 'The Talent Comes First': Roc Marciano Takes An A&R Gig

April 30, 2013 – The New York rapper on his new role, Lil B's brilliance and doing business with good people.

Taj Mahal.

Listen Taj Mahal On Mountain Stage

April 30, 2013 – Watch the worldly and influential blues guitarist pay tribute to his roots in this 1995 concert.

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Matt Pond.

Read Matt Pond On World Cafe WXPN

April 30, 2013 – After relocating and reevaluating, Pond lent his likable voice to more heartfelt, sturdy songs. WXPN

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Composer Tristan Perich in his home and workspace.

Watch 1-Bit Composer Tristan Perich's Practice Space Q2

April 30, 2013 – A visit with the electronic composer shows bins and bins of quirky new and used gear. Q2

Gary Clark performs live for KUT in Austin.

Watch Gary Clark Jr.: How To Remember Your Roots KUT

April 30, 2013 – Watch the great Austin guitarist perform an acoustic medley of "Blak and Blu" and "Bright Lights." KUT

John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.

Read Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

April 30, 2013 – Pianist John Beasley isn't a household name, but he directs many of them for International Jazz Day.

Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher."

Watch Remembering Janos Starker, The Cellist 'Born To Be A Teacher'

April 29, 2013 – Although renowned as a soloist and Grammy winner, he devoted much of his life to teaching.

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Iron and Wine's new album is titled Ghost on Ghost.

Read Iron And Wine: Words Like Seedlings

April 29, 2013 – Sam Beam says he isn't "worried about people understanding exactly what's happening" in any song.

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Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013.

Watch Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert

April 29, 2013 – Zany, brainy and danceable, these guys' music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest.

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The Saint Johns.

Read Next: The Saint Johns WXPN

April 29, 2013 – The duo mixes raw emotion and the beautifully blended vocals of Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson. WXPN

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