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.

Studio Sessions

Rachid Taha, Blending Beats and Cultures

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Algerian and French musician Rachid Taha uses sounds from rock, hip-hop, dance and reggae to create unique dance tracks. That blend of musical cultures reflects Taha's own multinational background: born in the Gulf of Oran, he moved to France with his family as a child.

Rachid Taha in Studio on World Cafe - 11/30/2005

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The Roots of Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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Texas singer and songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore has just released Come On Back honors Gilmore's late father. Gilmore's music is a striking melange of country, folk and rock music.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore in Studio on World Cafe - 11/29/2005

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Violinist Colin Jacobsen Performs Mendelssohn, Ibert

Colin Jacobsen, Performance Today's Young Artist in Residence, returns to NPR's Studio 4A for an hour of music. Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, American flutist Lance Suzuki, and cellist Eric Jacobsen — Colin's brother — join the violinist in performances of music from Jacques Ibert and Mendelssohn.

Violinist Colin Jacobsen Performs Mendelssohn, Ibert

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My Morning Jacket

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My Morning Jacket is a five-piece rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. Their newest release, Z, is full of their trademark sound — rock with a hint of country and metal. And their new songs add a new twist, with more keyboards and electronics.

My Morning Jacket in Studio on World Cafe - 11/28/2005

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The Hackensaw Boys, Making Their Own Kind of Music

Shiner, Salvage, Mahlon, Four, Baby J and the Kooky Eyed Fox — together they're the Hackensaw Boys. They perform their own brand of bluegrass, with instruments collected in their many travels. They tell Scott Simon about a new release, Love What You Do.

The Hackensaw Boys, Making Their Own Kind of Music

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Trey Anastasio, Trying to 'Shine'

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Trey Anastasio, the former frontman for the jam-band superstars Phish, has a new solo record out: Shine. The album is a departure for Anastasio, if only because it represents his work that came after he helped dissolve Phish, a band that had become an obsession.

Trey Anastasio, Trying to 'Shine'

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The YL Male Voice Choir: Sounds of Finland

In October, Finland's premier male voice choir, YL, completed a tour in Iceland and the United States. The acclaimed chorus performs works by Sibelius and Schubert in NPR's Studio 4A. Matti Hyokki conducts.

The YL Male Voice Choir: Sounds of Finland

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Bonnie Raitt 'Not Broken' on New CD

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Bonnie Raitt's new record, Souls Alike, is her eighteenth album — and the first on which she is credited as a producer. The intensely personal songs reflect recent events in the nine-time Grammy winner's life.

Bonnie Raitt in Studio on World Cafe - 11/23/2005

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Australia's Fruit Trio

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The members of the Australian trio Fruit are well known for their extensive touring and distinctive vocal harmonies. Their latest release is the album Burn. Hear the group perform and chat with World Cafe's David Dye.

Fruit in Studio on World Cafe - 11/22/2005

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Nouvelle Vague Reinvents New Wave Favorites

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The French band Nouvelle Vague takes classic New Wave singles from the '80s and adds a Brazilian twist — courtesy of the other "new wave": bossa nova. What began as a project between producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux has expanded to include the efforts of eight female singers, each with their own style.

Nouvelle Vague in Studio on World Cafe - 11/21/2005

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Violinist, Singer-Songwriter Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird's music has been defying description for years. "I sort of play with words and ideas, and they eventually kind of find their way into the nooks and crannies of the melodies," Bird says.

Violinist, Singer-Songwriter Andrew Bird

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Out to Sea with Garage A Trois

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New Orleans-based jazz-funk fusion quartet Garage A Trois ventures into new waters with Outre Mer, an atmospheric soundtrack for a French indie movie. The music for the album was recorded live — and entirely acoustic — to accompany the film, which was directed by Klaus Tontine.

Garage A Trois in Studio on World Cafe - 11/17/2005

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A 'Thank You' Note from Shawn Amos

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Shawn Amos is a musician and lyricist whose songs explore themes of race, history and masculinity. The enigmatically titled Thank You Shirl-ee May (A Love Story) is his third release.

Shawn Amos in Studio on World Cafe - 11/16/2005

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Charlie Sexton's 'Cruel and Gentle Things'

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Renowned Texas musician Charlie Sexton has been hailed for his amazing guitar talent since his youth. His newest album, Cruel and Gentle Things, combines autobiographical experiences and impressionistic imagery.

Charlie Sexton in Studio on World Cafe - 11/15/2005

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Shemekia Copeland's 'Soul Truth'

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Shemekia Copeland is a young multi-award-winning blues singer who has just released her fourth album, The Soul Truth. Critics have fawned over her stunning vocals, which burst with energy and passion.

Shemekia Copeland in Studio on World Cafe - 11/10/2005

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