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How Phoenix Scored Sofia Coppola's 'On The Rocks'

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Lead singer Thomas Mars and guitarist Christian Mazzalai of Phoenix discuss their work with film director Sofia Coppola.

Phoenix On World Cafe

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Songhoy Blues' New Album Is Full Of Protest Songs, But They're Also Hopeful

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The North African band performs songs from its third album, Optimisme, a collection of songs focusing on life in their native country of Mali.

Songhoy Blues On World Cafe

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Nick Lowe Performs 'Lay It On Me Baby' From His West London Home

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Recorded with his longtime house band, Los Straitjackets, Lowe performs acoustic versions of songs from his latest EP.

Nick Lowe On World Cafe

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Margo Price Defies Expectations With 'That's How Rumors Get Started'

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Margo Price's new album rocks, which might surprise fans who grew to love the Americana star for her crystalline country voice.

Margo Price On World Cafe

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David Crosby Reflects On Musical Projects, Past And Present

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a counterculture icon. Listen to a wide-ranging interview on World Cafe.

David Crosby On World Cafe

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The Mavericks Are Going Back To Their Roots On 'En Español'

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Though they've done some songs in Spanish in the past, En Español is The Mavericks' first album entirely in Spanish.

The Mavericks On World Cafe

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Friction Is Essential To What Makes Sylvan Esso's Creative Collaboration Tick

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Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath share stories behind their beautiful new album, Free Love, and perform stripped-down versions of songs from the record.

Sylvan Esso On World Cafe

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Somewhere Between Bluegrass and Heavy Metal, Billy Strings Discovered His Own Sound

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Billy Strings learned to play traditional bluegrass alongside his stepdad Terry Barber. Later, he thrashed in local VFW halls while in the metal scene. Then, he discovered his own sound.

Billy Strings On World Cafe

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Jim James Talks My Morning Jacket's New Album And The Nature That Inspires Him

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My Morning Jacket's latest album, The Waterfall II, is a collection of songs recorded in an isolated oceanside studio in Northern California.

My Morning Jacket On World Cafe

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Hear Dawes Perform On An L.A. Rooftop

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We've got a live performance from Dawes and an interview with frontman Taylor Goldsmith.

Dawes On World Cafe

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Listen To The War And Treaty Perform 4 Songs From 'Hearts Town'

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Married and musical duo Tanya Blount-Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr's second full-length tackles topics of jealousy in relationships gone wrong and one of Michael's lowest moments.

The War & Treaty On World Cafe

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Thad Cockrell's Late-Night Cocktails With Brittany Howard Turned Into An Album

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The Nashville singer-songwriter and Leagues frontman shares stories of how his latest album came to be.

Thad Cockrell On World Cafe

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Real Estate Performs 3-Song Quarantine Set For 'World Cafe'

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The full band got together to record performances exclusively for World Cafe and you'll hear how they decided to tweak the tracks from their new album, The Main Thing.

Real Estate On World Cafe

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Sarah Jarosz Stays Home And Explores A New 'World'

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On her new album, World on the Ground, Sarah Jarosz explores the real and imaginary characters of her hometown.

Sarah Jarosz On World Cafe

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Nap Eyes' Nigel Chapman Is Always On The Brink Of A New Discovery

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The Nap Eyes frontman's wheels are always turning, about himself, about creativity, about the universe and about music.

Nap Eyes On World Cafe

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John Craigie Has A Knack For Spinning Stories

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In this session, Craigie performs songs from his new album, Asterisk the Universe, and we get to hear what makes him such a great storyteller at his shows.

John Craigie On World Cafe

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Will Toledo Takes Car Seat Headrest In A New Direction

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On his band's latest album, Making a Door Less Open, Toledo expanded the scope of Car Seat Headrest's sound, embracing dance music wholeheartedly.

Car Seat Headrest On World Cafe

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Hannah Georgas, The Other Singer-Songwriter Who Enlisted Aaron Dessner

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The Canadian singer-songwriter's new album, All That Emotion, was released on Friday.

Hannah Georgas on World Cafe

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Ray Lamontagne's 'Monovision' Provides A Soothing Escape From Everyday Life

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The singer-songwriter's latest album gives you a glimpse into the natural world that inspires him — and the first album he's made entirely on his own.

Ray Lamontagne On World Cafe

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Mondo Cozmo Topped The Charts, And Then Lost His Cool

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Josh Ostrander shares how putting his hand through a pane of glass influenced his latest album, New Medicine.

Mondo Cozmo On World Cafe

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Don Bryant On The Art Of Songwriting

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The esteemed Memphis, Tenn., songwriter discusses his 50-plus years in music and performs live.

Don Bryant On World Cafe

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The Honesty & Self-Reflection Of The Indigo Girls

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The accomplished songwriters are tireless activists for causes ranging from gun control to indigenous rights to the removal of confederate monuments from town squares.

Indigo Girls On World Cafe

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Bettye LaVette Might Be Just What You Need Today

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LaVette just released Blackbirds, an album of reinterpretations of songs popularized by some of her favorite jazz singers.

Betty Lavette On World Cafe

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Phoebe Bridgers' 'Punisher' Is An Album For The Moment

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Since its release, fans are sharing stories of personal connection to Bridgers' latest album, one that's made many feel less alone in a time of self-isolation.

Phoebe Bridgers On World Cafe

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