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Andy Palacio's Garifuna Music Lives On

KUT 90.5

Palacio, who died Jan. 19, was known as much for his music as for his impact on Belize and the promotion of its rich traditions and cultures. With Watina, he stripped down his music to connect more with the true sound of his home country. Hear an interview and performance.

Andy Palacio in Studio on KUT 5/25/07

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MeShell NdegeOcello: Complex and Provocative

XPN

NdegeOcello's name means "free like a bird," which describes her mix of funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, rock, and jazz — as well as lyrics that explore race, sex, gender, and more. NdegeOcello gives an interview and performance on WXPN.

MeShell Nedgéocello in Studio on World Cafe 1/31/08

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The Klaxons: Piano-Pop in a 'New Rave'

The Current

The British press has credited The Klaxons with pioneering a genre called "new rave," which is really a mask for a heavy-handed dose of pop with a dance-punk kick. The band stopped by The Current to perform a version of its hit, "Golden Skans."

Richard Hawley: Sophisticated Pop

XPN

A guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Hawley is best known for his work in the U.K. bands Longpigs and Pulp. Now a versatile and charming solo artist, Hawley gives an interview and performance from WXPN.

Richard Hawley in Studio on World Cafe 1/30/08

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Jack Penate: South London Pop Flair

WNYC Radio

For the past year, the 23-year-old musician has been quickly building steam in the U.K. Fresh off the U.S. release of his debut album, Matinee, Penate visits WNYC for an interview and studio performance.

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The Whigs Play The BPP

The Whigs are hailed as leading a return to All-American Rock. The band from Athens, Georgia, plays from their new album, Mission Control.

The Whigs Play Out of 'Control'

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Plucked, Bowed, and Hammered Strings Onstage in Florida

This week's From the Top comes from Fort Pierce, Florida, where a Navajo guitarist from Utah plays Tarrega, a twelve-year-old Black-Belt pianist tackles Rachmaninoff, and a 'Six-Handed Monster' trio of pianos plays music from West Side Story. This show originally aired on May 16, 2007.

Plucked, Bowed, and Hammered Strings Onstage in Florida

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A Morrissey Shirt Says a Lot About a Person

KEXP

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir plays pop music for sad sorts. Unlike the band's early, Belle & Sebastian-inspired work, its latest CD looks to the '70s, with a foot in darker lyrical territory. The Chicago band stopped by KEXP for a performance and a chat about Morrissey and songwriting.

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in Studio on KEXP 12/2/07

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Dan Wilson: From Semisonic to Solo

Dan Wilson is best known as the primary singer and songwriter for the Grammy-winning rock band Semisonic, though his collaboration with the Dixie Chicks also won him and the band many accolades. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.

Dan Wilson in Studio on World Cafe 1/29/08

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Saba's Somali Songs of Hybrid Identity

Born in Somalia to Italian and Ethiopian parents, the singer known as Saba grew up among several different cultural traditions in Italy. On her debut album, Jidka, she meditates on her African roots. Hear an interview and studio performance.

Saba's Somali Songs of Hybrid Identity

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Ida Whispers a Prayer for 'Lovers'

The band Ida specializes in indie rock and children's music. The unusual duo stops by the studio to play some songs from their new album called Lovers Prayers.

Ida Whispers a Prayer for 'Lovers'

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Iron and Wine: Simply Sam Beam

KUT 90.5

Iron and Wine recorded its latest CD, The Shepherd's Dog, in Beam's new home studio outside of Austin, Tex. On record, it's full of dense arrangements, but on this studio session from KUT, Beam performs solo, including the old favorite "Sodom, South Georgia."

Iron & Wine in Studio on KUT 11/11/07

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John Jorgenson: Preserving Django Reinhardt

Jorgenson's fingers are nothing but a blur when he's notes-deep into a song on his unique guitar. The veteran gypsy-jazz guitarist has performed with Elton John, Bob Dylan and Sting, and was a member of the hit-making Desert Rose Band.

John Jorgenson: Preserving Django Reinhardt

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Soulsavers: Unique Hip-Hop and Electronica

XPN

Soulsavers is a down-tempo electronica duo made up of English producers and remixers Rich Machin and Ian Glover. The pair's latest album features the vocals of Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

Soulsavers in Studio on World Cafe 1/23/08

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The Polyjesters: Hilariously Off-the-Cuff

WKSU

Growing up on the sounds of Nat "King" Cole, the brothers Valleau play a musical style inspired by swing and '40s jazz. With musical parents, they learned a variety of instruments and learned to become resourceful in the middle of Alberta, Canada. Hear an interview and performance.

Polyjesters in Studio on Folk Alley

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