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Bell X1 On World Cafe

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The Dublin band formed out of another group led by Damien Rice, but when Rice went solo, Paul Noonan took over songwriting duties and Bell X1 was born — named after the first airplane, Bell X-1, to break the sound barrier. Hear a full live set from the band on World Cafe.

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Dumpstaphunk On World Cafe

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Dumpstaphunk has thrived in the New Orleans funk scene alongside some of the best in the business.

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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa's award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing its message of peace and unity for 50 years. The group joins host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Potty Mouth On World Cafe

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Potty Mouth formed in Northampton, Mass., in 2011. The band released a vinyl EP in 2012, and last year put out a full-length record called Hell Bent. With a name inspired by the title of a Bratmobile album, Potty Mouth revels in the sheer volume and eager, youthful enthusiasm of punk.

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Gregory Alan Isakov on World Cafe

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The musician and farmer discusses the controversy behind his song's appearance in a fast-food ad.

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Vintage Cafe: Foxygen

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While we anxiously wait for Foxygen's upcoming double album release, here are four songs from the band's album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.

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Helmet, 'Blacktop' (Live)

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Page Hamilton and his crew were a huge deal in the early 1990s, but his more recent material has gone, for lack of a better term, unsung. Watch him perform "Blacktop" live in KEXP's studios.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra On World Cafe

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Ruban Nielson talks about his passion for electronics and performs songs from his new album, II.

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Lucius on World Cafe

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A five-piece band from Brooklyn, Lucius is led by two singers, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who met at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They crafted their unique vocal sound over the decade they've worked together, and now even dress alike.

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Vintage Cafe: San Fermin

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The band's debut album is full of stately folk-pop music. But its arrangements also owe a lot to songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone's classical roots, as well as his work with arranger Nico Muhly.

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Joe Henry, 'Swayed' (Live)

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The gifted producer and songwriter visits KEXP to perform material from his upcoming album Invisible Hour. Watch Henry perform "Swayed" in KEXP's Seattle studios.

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Robbie Fulks On World Cafe

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The singer discusses flat-picking, his frustrating career in Nashville, and Gone Away Backwards.

Robbie Fulks On World Cafe

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Mavis Staples On World Cafe

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Staples' gospel-rooted solo recordings have captivated artists such as Bob Dylan and Prince, and helped pave the way for contemporary soul music. Over the course of her 50-year career, Staples has become a legend on the strength of her huge vocals and messages of hope.

Mavis Staples On World Cafe

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