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Jesse Winchester Returns From Exile

XPN

With his blend of folk, blues and country, Jesse Winchester embodies the spirit of American music. Winchester celebrates Love Filling Station, his first album in a decade, with a visit to the World Cafe.

Jesse Winchester Performs In Studio For World Cafe 6/30/09

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The Low Anthem: Shimmering Americana

On its sophomore album, The Low Anthem offers an inventive and surprising survey of American folk and roots music, featuring everything from Appalachian ballads to full-throated bluesy stomps.

The Low Anthem: Shimmering Americana

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: Native American Folk Legend

Cree Indian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has recorded numerous albums and written Oscar-winning songs. Her first record in 13 years is Running for the Drum, which expands on the creative mix of Native American rhythms, electronica and folk music she began many years ago.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Native American Folk Legend

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Cheap Trick: What's 'The Latest'?

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As they celebrate their 35th anniversary as a band, all the original members of Cheap Trick have again gotten together to record The Latest. Here, the group performs new songs and old classics while showcasing an array of catchy hooks and blistering guitar riffs.

Cheap Trick: What's 'The Latest'?

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Pela: Brand-New Songs, Unplugged

KEXP

Singer Billy McCarthy and his band Pela put aside their high-voltage stage antics to introduce four new songs in a session from KEXP. But instead of what will inevitably end up as album versions, the group treated KEXP to acoustic arrangements.

Session Spotlight: Pela Performs 'Strange Days'

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Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland asked her friend Elvis Costello to sit in as guest host for this episode of Piano Jazz. The session features New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, who sings and plays his hit tune "Southern Nights" and performs a duet with Costello on the pair's recent collaboration "Ascension Day."

Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

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Tortoise: Lighting Up Electronic 'Beacons'

XPN

For nearly two decades, Tortoise has been expanding the definition of indie prog-rock, which wasn't too rigidly defined to begin with. With influences ranging from John Coltrane to ZZ Top, there's an adventurous, creative bent at work. In a session from WXPN, Tortoise performs songs from its electronic-heavy Beacons of Ancestorship.

Tortoise In Studio On World Cafe 8/26/09

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Stefon Harris Blackout: E Pluribus Urban

WBGO

Five years ago, vibraphonist and marimba player Stefon Harris started Blackout. It's a troupe of music mercenaries adept in the language of jazz, the strut of soul music and the raucous ruckus of breakbeats, go-go and new-jack rhythms. Hear Blackout bring swagger to modern jazz in a session from WBGO.

Stefon Harris Blackout In Studio On WBGO 7/17/09

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Cotton Jones: Charming Sadness

XPN

Mike Nau and Whitney McGraw of the band Page France recently released a soulful and melancholy record under the name Cotton Jones. In a session from WXPN, the duo performs songs from Paranoid Cocoon.

Cotton Jones: Charming Sadness

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Black Joe Lewis: Gritty Soul, Blazing Horns

XPN

James Brown hasn't been reincarnated, but Black Joe Lewis sure does follow in his footsteps. With his new band The Honeybears, the twentysomething Texas soul singer showcases his rowdy retro-rock at WXPN.

Black Joe Lewis: Gritty Soul, Blazing Horns

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