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Aaradhna Patel performed live for OPB in Portland, Ore. Kathryn Boyd-Batstone/OPB hide caption

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Aaradhna, 'Keep My Cool' (Live)

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A big winner at 2013's New Zealand Music Awards was Aaradhna, who took three major awards including Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb. Aaradhna recently visited OPB's studios in Portland.

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Ron Sexsmith On World Cafe

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World Cafe visited with the Toronto singer-songwriter in his West End neighborhood during the program's Sense of Place spotlight on Canada's music hotbed.

Ron Sexsmith On World Cafe

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Darkside, 'Paper Trails' (Live)

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Producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington appeared on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in advance of a secret LA show. Watch them perform their song "Paper Trails."

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Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe

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With Bakersfield, the duo pays tribute to two of country music's most respected artists: Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Hear the musicians perform a set of songs from the album.

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin On World Cafe

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"You may have to go someplace like Montana to 'get' this record." John Mayer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro about his new album, Paradise Valley. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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John Mayer, 'Waitin' On The Day' (Live)

After a long hiatus without speaking or singing publicly to allow his damaged vocal chords to heal, the Grammy award-winning artist is back. Watch him perform "Waitin' On The Day" from his new album, Paradise Valley.

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Whitehorse On World Cafe

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Duo members Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland discuss how being married affects their working relationship as musicians. They also perform songs from their most recent album, The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss.

Whitehorse On World Cafe

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Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

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The Band's former lead songwriter and guitarist talks with host David Dye about his early days in Toronto in this Sense of Place feature. Robertson also discusses his new book, Legends, Icons & Rebels.

Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

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Typhoon On World Cafe

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The 11-piece Portland band visits the WXPN studio, with lead singer and songwriter Kyle Morton back at the helm of the group. Hear the indie rock ensemble perform songs from its latest record, White Lighter.

Typhoon On World Cafe

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Vintage Cafe: Stars

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The Canadian indie rockers released The Five Ghosts three years ago, an album that was filled with a sense of haunting mystery. Hear the group perform songs from the record in this archived session from 2010.

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Nils Frahm, 'Says' (Live)

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The young German minimalist is a magician when it comes to the analog synthesizer. Watch him perform "Says," from his new album Spaces, live in the KEXP studios.

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Mandolin Orange, 'Waltz About Whiskey' (Live)

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There is no shortage of folk and country songs about booze. But what makes the Mandolin Orange tune "Waltz About Whiskey" so enchanting is its effortlessness. Watch the folk duo perform the song live.

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Memoryhouse On World Cafe

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The Canadian dream-pop duo performs a set of new songs on this Sense of Place: Toronto feature. The musicians also discuss how dynamics within the band have changed as they've gained confidence in their respective abilities.

Memoryhouse On World Cafe

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Amos Lee On World Cafe

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The folk-soul singer plays a rousing live set in the studio. In conversation with host David Dye, Lee reflects on his growth as a songwriter and performer.

Amos Lee On World Cafe

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Kenny Werner On Piano Jazz

The pianist is a musician for whom creativity is a credo and improvisation a way of life. Transforming brilliant technique into unbridled creativity is not only Werner's musical mission; it's also the subject of his popular book, Effortless Mastery. Hear an interview and performance.