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Sam Morrow.

Listen World Cafe Next: Sam Morrow WXPN

July 28, 2014 – Hear two songs from a young Southern songwriter. WXPN


Courtney Barnett performs a show at Seattle's The Triple Door for KEXP VIPs.

Watch Courtney Barnett, 'Avant Gardener' (Live) KEXP

July 28, 2014 – Watch everyone's favorite asthma-ridden Australian perform her hit song live for KEXP. KEXP

Old Crow Medicine Show.

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July 28, 2014 – Alt-country band Old Crow Medicine Show collaborates again with Bob Dylan. WXPN


Panopticon's new album, Roads To The North, comes out Aug. 5.

Read First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North'

July 27, 2014 – Roads is a triumphant, ebullient metal album that throws curveballs yet reins them in.


Adult Jazz's new album, Gist Is, comes out Aug. 4.

Read First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is'

July 27, 2014 – An English band chases super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.


Spider Bags' new album, Frozen Letter, comes out Aug. 5.

Read First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter'

July 27, 2014 – Feel the the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.


Fin Greenall, the singer-songwriter behind the band Fink, began his music career as a DJ.

Read You Traded Your Headphones For A Guitar. Now What?

July 27, 2014 – For Fin Greenall, a jump from electronic to acoustic music has meant re-learning how to read crowds.


Eric Clapton's new album, The Breeze, honors the late J.J. Cale.

Watch Clapton And Cale: Notes On A Friendship

July 26, 2014 – One year after J.J. Cale's death, Eric Clapton says, we still don't know the half of his talent.


Witch Mountain.

Read Viking's Choice: Witch Mountain, 'Psycho Animundi'

July 25, 2014 – The doom metal band intones the heavy blues and — surprisingly — Fairport Convention.

Highasakite performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert

July 25, 2014 – Watch an atmospheric Norwegian band with a yearning sound. Also: See a flugabone!


Nikki Lane.

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July 24, 2014 – Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut with four songs. WXPN


Bob Mould.

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July 23, 2014 – Hear the former Hüsker Dü frontman play songs from his latest solo album, Beauty and Ruin. WXPN


Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, of the Danish band The Raveonettes

Watch First Watch: The Raveonettes, 'Killer In The Streets'

July 23, 2014 – The ocean serene, the sharks below — The Raveonettes play noise against melody so well.

The 1954 Elvis Presley single "You're a Heartbreaker," recorded at one of the singer's early sessions at Sun Studio.

Read Inside The Sun Records Sound, A Marvel Even Today

July 22, 2014 – Take an audio tour of the room where Elvis, Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf made their early records.


Clockwise from upper left: The Bots, Perfume Genius, Zammuto, The Rentals

Read New Mix: The Rentals, Perfume Genius, The Bots, Zammuto

July 22, 2014 – On this week's show, a premiere from the The Rentals, and new music from Perfume Genius and more!


Ben Watt.

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July 22, 2014 – The former member of Everything But The Girl performs three songs and discusses his career. WXPN



Read World Cafe Next: Honeyblood WXPN

July 21, 2014 – The Glaswegian band's self-titled debut mixes country and folk with songs that veer into lo-fi punk. WXPN


The Avett Brothers.

Read Vintage Cafe: The Avett Brothers WXPN

July 21, 2014 – In 2009, the roots-rock band performed three songs and discussed its work with producer Rick Rubin. WXPN


Hamilton Leithauser performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert

July 21, 2014 – In this three-song set, the Walkmen singer demonstrates that he's lost none of his vocal power.


Mark Lanegan visits KEXP's studios in Seattle.

Watch Mark Lanegan, 'I Am The Wolf' (Live) KEXP

July 21, 2014 – Watch the dusky-voiced singer perform "I Am the Wolf" live from KEXP's studios in Seattle. KEXP

Jenny Lewis' new album, The Voyager, comes out July 29.

Read First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager'

July 20, 2014 – On her new album, Lewis explores the weight of full adulthood, and its paradoxical precariousness.


Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, comes out Aug. 5.

Read First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old'

July 20, 2014 – The Brooklyn band writes inventive epics that behave like highly concentrated energy shots.


Wildest Dreams' new, self-titled album comes out July 29.

Read First Listen: Wildest Dreams, 'Wildest Dreams'

July 20, 2014 – In his new band, venerable U.K. DJ Harvey Bassett indulges his love of psychedelic garage rock.


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' new album, Hypnotic Eye, comes out July 29.

Read First Listen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 'Hypnotic Eye'

July 20, 2014 – At 63, the rock legend's cynicism works hand-in-glove with his hard-earned cragginess.


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