Studio Sessions Musicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.

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World Cafe Nashville: Becca Mancari

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Mancari offers stories of wandering and homecoming, colored by a determination to live, artistically, beyond the gender boundaries usually imposed on female artists.

World Cafe Nashville: Becca Mancari

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Iron & Wine On World Cafe

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Songwriter Sam Beam returns to the Cafe for a solo set in front of a live audience.

Iron & Wine On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: David Rawlings

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Listen to a session recorded at Sound Stage Studios with longtime partner Gillian Welch.

World Cafe Nashville: David Rawlings

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Kyle Vanes On World Cafe

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Kyle Vanes, of the band The Dales, says his song "Still the Love" was inspired by finding, and losing, the love of his life, who died of breast cancer in 2015.

Kyle Vanes On World Cafe

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Son Little performs live at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert - recorded live for World Cafe. Liz Waldie /WXPN hide caption

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Son Little On World Cafe

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Son Little's new album, New Magic, is bumpy blues meets rooted R&B meets old school nu soul meets... well... magic.

Son Little On World Cafe

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First Aid Kit performs live during a WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. Liz Waldie/WXPN hide caption

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Watch First Aid Kit Perform New Single 'It's a Shame'

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There is "no point in wasting sorrow on things that won't be here tomorrow"

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Jonny Lang On World Cafe

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Before he could legally drive, my guest in this session had his first platinum record. Hear a studio session the blues prodigy, recorded live in Philadelphia.

Jonny Lang On World Cafe

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Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of her album Solitude Standing, and the 25th of 99.9F°.

Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Devon Gilfillian

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His self-released, self-titled debut EP captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.

World Cafe Nashville: Devon Gilfillian

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Broken Social Scene inside the World Cafe Performance Studio at WXPN in Philadelphia, PA. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

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A performance session that brings a reminder of comfort in chaos, and community alike.

Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

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Gord Downie (left) performs with The Tragically Hip in Vancouver during the band's final tour in 2016. Andrew Chin/Getty Images hide caption

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'Courage, Personified': Remembering The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie

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A reflection on the singer's impact on the entire nation of Canada, and his electric last performance on Aug. 20, 2016, in Kingston, Ontario.

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Deer Tick On World Cafe

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This is a band that can go from in-your-face to introspective on a dime — and they do just that in this session.

Deer Tick On World Cafe

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J Roddy Walston & The Business On World Cafe

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Hear songs from the band's latest album, Destroyers Of The Soft Life, performed live.

J Roddy Walston & The Business On World Cafe

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