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Welcome to beabadoobee's 'Beatopia'

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The Filipino-British songwriter fashioned her new album with help from the colorful, imaginary world she created when she was just 7 years old.

Beabadoobee on World Cafe

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Beth Orton makes an uncompromising record that is completely hers

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Getting dropped from your record label isn't a good thing, per se, but for Beth Orton, it gave her the opportunity to take the reins.

Beth Orton on World Cafe

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Pianist Chad Lawson seeks to heal in new album

Pianist and composer Chad Lawson releases a double album recorded at Abbey Road, joined on some tracks by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Esther Yoo and cellist/composer Peter Gregson.

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Tim Heidecker's latest is largely inspired by his own high school memories

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Along with his sense of humor, that kind of tenderness and perspective is the most arresting part of Tim Heidecker's latest album, High School.

Tim Heidecker on World Cafe

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MUNA's latest album is more confident, more focused than anything they've done before

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In this session, all three members of the band join World Cafe to talk about how they went from "almost ending" to getting a brand new start.

MUNA on World Cafe

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Adrian Quesada's 'Boleros Psicodélicos' is a love letter to psychedelic bolero music

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The discovery of Los Pasteles Verdes, an experimental Peruvian band from the 1960s, sent Adrian Quesada down a rabbit hole that would, decades later, lead to his new solo album, Boleros Psicodélicos.

Adrian Quesada on World Cafe

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Vibecession Vibes Session

We're not in a recession, but why are the vibes feeling so off? We put the question to an economist and one expert on "vibes" and also hire a jazz band to take a pun way too far.

Vibecession Vibes Session

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Rhett Miller still finds the freedom to experiment and play on 'The Misfit'

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Miller talks about the making of the record, how much he missed live performance, his side hustle as a children's author and more on World Cafe Live.

Rhett Miller on World Cafe

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Built to Spill spills the beans on the making of 'When The Wind Forgets Your Name'

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In this session, Doug Martsch talks about how discovering a lo-fi punk band from Brazil led to the album's creation and shares advice he'd give to his younger self.

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Charley Crockett's 'The Man From Waco' is country music through an R&B lens

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Charley Crockett performs songs from his latest album, in the great tradition of Ray Charles and Aaron Neville.

Charley Crockett on World Cafe

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Peeling back the layers of Amanda Shires' life and musical career

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In this session of World Cafe, Shires shares about getting to a place of confidence again after thinking she was finished with making music.

Amanda Shires on World Cafe

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Bilderbuch brings larger-than-life, completely captivating energy to FM4's studios

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We didn't realize quite how big they were until we landed in Vienna — Bilderbuch stops by for a Sense of Place: Vienna studio session in the middle of a sold-out arena tour.

Bilderbuch on World Cafe

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'I Am The Moon' is Tedeschi Trucks at their finest and most adventurous

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We caught up with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi to talk about the inspiration behind the album — and they share a performance, recorded live for World Cafe.

Tedeschi Trucks Band on World Cafe

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Hear a mini-concert by '90s-inspired supergroup My Ugly Clementine

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For the World Cafe's Sense of Place: Vienna series, we knew there would be lots of Classical music. But it turns out, there's also a thriving indie music scene.

My Ugly Clementine on World Cafe

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DIVES is one of the most exciting new bands on Vienna's music scene

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Vienna is known for classical music, but if you know where to look, you'll find a flourishing indie rock scene, too. Hear a live performance from DIVES in this Sense of Place session.

DIVES on World Cafe

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The Head and the Heart revisit that place where everything felt magical and easy

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With some time back in the studio, and working on better ways to communicate, the band release their latest album, Every Shade of Blue.

The Head and the Heart on World Cafe

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Vienna's Sharktank blends and bends genres to create its own unique sound

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There's a whole other side of Viennese music other than grand symphonies or operas performed on gilded stages. Enjoy this live Sense of Place: Vienna series performance by Sharktank.

Sharktank on World Cafe

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Sense of Place: Produce shopping for musical instruments in Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is a city where the streets are alive with the sounds of violins, pianos, clarinets and ... vegetables!? A member of the city's Vegetable Orchestra takes us shopping at a local market for instruments.

Vegetable Orchestra on World Cafe

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How Michaela Anne's 'Oh To Be That Free' resonates within each of us

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It turns out the music Michaela Anne was making was just what she needed to hear herself, in an incredibly uncertain time.

Michaela Anne on World Cafe

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'Misadventures Of Doomscroller' hopes to pull you away from the information overload

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In this session, frontman Taylor Goldsmith talks about how he was inspired to fight short attention spans with longer, proggier, jazzier songs that sound nothing like what Dawes have done before.

Dawes on World Cafe

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Listening to Tank and the Bangas' 'Red Balloon' is like scanning the radio dial

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On this session of World Cafe, Tarriona "Tank" Ball talks about how the radio of her youth and the radio of today made her want to create her own station with the band.

Tank and the Bangas on World Cafe

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Nearly 40 years later, 'Stranger Things' boosts Kate Bush's music worldwide

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In this World Cafe session from 1993, Kate Bush spoke with original host David Dye about a range of subjects: from her ambitions to working with Prince to being an Elton John fan as a teenager.

Kate Bush on World Cafe (1993)

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Indigo De Souza showcases her gifts in her latest album, 'Any Shape You Take'

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In this session of World Cafe, we caught up with Indigo De Souza to talk about the album and growing up in North Carolina.

Indigo De Souza on World Cafe

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Billy Bragg's music bridges political themes with the intensely personal

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Bragg's decades of activism and songwriting have only helped to crystallize and empower his thinking on what we need to make the world a better place.

Billy Bragg on World Cafe

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