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Sharon Van Etten Makes A Punchy And Powerful Leap Forward

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Van Etten is more present than ever, but wouldn't be where she is today without the struggle.

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

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6 Years Of Life Fueled Phosphorescent's Latest Album

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Matthew Houck, who records as Phosphorescent, shares how meeting his partner in a New England bar, having a child and almost dying from meningitis informed his new music.

Phosphorescent On World Cafe

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Persian Musicians And A Parisian Monastery: Making Glen Hansard's 'This Wild Willing'

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Hansard's latest record was initially supposed to be a simple, acoustic album. But that changed after a chance jam session with Persian musicians.

Glen Hansard On World Cafe

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Steve Earle Pays Tribute To Guy Clark, His Songwriting Hero

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The guy who always calls it like he sees it remembers a late friend, mentor and outlaw music icon with a new album, GUY.

Steve Earle on World Cafe

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Nilüfer Yanya Shows Off Catchy Melodies And A Stunning Voice

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Yanya's debut album, Miss Universe, shows off the unique melodies and grounded guitar playing that first earned her attention.

Nilüfer Yanya On World Cafe

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Cautious Clay Took A Bold Leap

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Joshua Karpeh, who records as Cautious Clay, shares his story, reflects on his decision to leave real estate to pursue music full time and explains how being raised by a single mom inspired him.

Cautious Clay On World Cafe

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Metric Talks Fundamental Differences In 'Art Of Doubt'

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Co-Founder Jimmy Shaw gave up the producer reins for the first time for Metric's seventh album, Art of Doubt.

Metric On World Cafe

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The Suitcase Junket Is A Master Of Musical Imagination

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Dried animal bones, thrift store cutlery, baby shoes and yes, a suitcase. Matt Lorenz has turned all these found objects into instruments for his one-man band.

The Suitcase Junket On World Cafe

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Family Is Important To Susan Tedeschi And Derek Trucks

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band members — connected by birth or by choice — have been living together on tour for long enough that they count as relatives.

Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

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Jenny Lewis Finds A 'Beautiful, Funky Way To Grieve'

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When listening to Lewis' latest, On the Line, a detail that made you laugh the first time might make you tearful the next.

Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

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Karl Denson Talks 'Gnomes & Badgers'

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Karl Denson talks about tunes from the Karl Denson's Tiny Universe's latest album.

Kark Denson On World Cafe

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Royal Mountain Records Makes Mental Health A Music Industry Priority

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Label Founder Menno Versteeg explains why he feels that caring for artists' mental health is, at least in part, a record label's responsibility.

Menno Versteeg On World Cafe

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What Makes Edie Brickell Happy

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The folk and rock mainstay shares her story and the values that guided her choices along the way.

Edie Brickell On World Cafe

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Look At Emily King Now

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King's latest album Scenery rings out with joy and hope. The production is a stunning combination of jazz-inflected R&B and '80s pop.

Emily King On World Cafe

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An Andrew Bird's-Eye View Of His Latest Album

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The indie rock artist zooms way out on humanity across history's timeline, seeking insight about our current age with his latest album My Finest Work Yet.

Andrew Bird On World Cafe

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Robert Ellis Twists The Clichés Of The Traditional Saloon Player

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Ellis has embraced his dangerous side to a deliciously fun effect with his latest project, Texas Piano Man.

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

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The Chieftains Shares Sounds Of Ireland With The World

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Spend your St. Patrick's Day feeling like your having a pint surrounded by friends and family as we visit the six-time Grammy-winning band in Dublin.

The Chieftains On World Cafe

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Laoise Has An Ear For Sweet Synthesizers

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A chat with the Irish up-and-comer inside Whelan's of Wexford Avenue, one of Dublin's most famous pubs and music venues.

Laoise On World Cafe

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Pillows Queens Makes Spirited Pop Punk

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The Dublin four-piece band sings clever lyrics in loud and proud Irish accents.

Pillow Queens On World Cafe

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Loah's Worldly And Winding Musical Path

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Hear a chat and performance from World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Dublin with Loah, recorded live at the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

Loah On World Cafe

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