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HAERTS On World Cafe

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Listening to HAERTS' album 'New Compassion' feels like you're hearing a couple work through their relationship from both sides in real time.

HAERTS On World Cafe

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Cuban Treasures Unearthed: Remastered Jam Sessions From Historic Panart Records

'The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions' box set proves these friendly gatherings were incubation chambers for Afro-Cuban music and jazz.

Cuban Treasures Unearthed: Remastered Jam Sessions From Historic Panart Records

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The Supreme Court Is A Musical Muse For 'Radiolab' Host Jad Abumrad

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Host Jad Abumrad discusses '27: The Most Perfect Album,' an album inspired by amendments to the United States Constitution.

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Aaron Lee Tasjan On World Cafe

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Tasjan's latest album walks a fine line between timelessness and a record very much of this moment.

Aaron Lee Tasjan On World Cafe

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Watch Hatchie Perform Candy-Coated Tracks From 'Sugar & Spice'

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Australian artist Harriette Pilbeam took time out of her U.S. tour to gift WFUV's studio these sweet tracks.

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World Cafe Nashville: The War And Treaty

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This duo makes inspirational music pulled from Americana roots music and the couple's personal experience of surviving and thriving in the sometimes perilous 21st Century.

The War And Treaty On World Cafe

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DeVotchKa On World Cafe

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DeVotchKa has released a handful of charming albums that blend the spirit of indie, cabaret and world music with a whole lot more that can't be described.

DeVotchKa On World Cafe

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"It was the greatest time of my life. Living the dream of dreams," Steve Perry says, "But you don't have to look too far to see people not surviving fame and fortune." Myriam Santos/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Steve Perry Makes His Return

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Perry's latest solo album, Traces, out Oct. 5, marks his reunion with his own voice. And yes, it's emotional.

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Leon Bridges On World Cafe

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Although Leon Bridges didn't perform live songs with a band for this session, he required no special prodding to croon a capella during our chat.

Leon Bridges On World Cafe

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Dawn Landes On World Cafe

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Landes' voice and songwriting sound like such a seamless fit for classic Nashville.

Dawn Landes On World Cafe

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Ry Cooder On World Cafe

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Cooder and his band re-imagine some of those classic blues and gospel songs he loved as boy. He discusses how his latest album 'Prodigal Son' is ultimately about reverence.

Ry Cooder On World Cafe

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Wayne Kramer On World Cafe

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As an innovator of punk 10 years before the genre had a name, Wayne Kramer has seen some things. His new autobiography is no fairy tale, though there is something magical about it.

Wayne Kramer On World Cafe

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Matt Mays On World Cafe

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Leave it to Mays to infuse a daytime studio visit with the spirit of a super sweaty, late night at your favorite dive bar.

Matt Mays On World Cafe

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Meg Myers On World Cafe

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Myers' music is a bit like Nine Inch Nails got into a fight with the Pixies, with some incredibly dynamic vocals thrown in the mix.

Meg Myers On World Cafe

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Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

On this 1988 Piano Jazz episode, Harris opens with a slow and easy "Black and Blue," then McPartland joins him on "Bag's Groove."

Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

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David Byrne Digs For Wonder

David Byrne, musician and all-around wonder archaeologist, visits the World Cafe Studios in Philadelphia to talk about animals, bicycles, civic obligations and his latest album 'American Utopia.'

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The Meditative Slow Burn Of The Sidekicks

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Watch the Ohio indie rock band play two songs from its latest album live for Folkadelphia.