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Vintage Cafe: Alabama Shakes

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Hear the rock 'n' roll quartet perform its enthusiastic, soulful songs live in the studio.

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Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

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The band responsible for the term "arena folk" talks about balancing between quiet and loud spaces within its music. And, of course, it performs songs from its new album, Babel.

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Lord Huron On World Cafe

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Singer Ben Schneider is the creative force behind the rhythmically inventive folk-pop band.

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

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Singer Alex Ebert explains the origin of the band's name, which evolved from a childhood superhero fantasy.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

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John Lewis On Piano Jazz

The founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet plays "Django" in an archival session from 1989.

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Vintage Cafe: The Lumineers

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The fiery acoustic folk trio plays foot-stomping, open-hearted songs from its self-titled debut.

The Lumineers On World Cafe

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John Mayer On World Cafe

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A self-described "control freak," Mayer opens up about how time off allowed him to lose himself in the songwriting process, and plays songs from his new album, Born and Raised.

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Bonnie Raitt On World Cafe

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Hear the blues-rock legend play soul- and rock-infused blues songs from her new album, Slipstream.

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Latin Roots: The Christmas Music Of Latin America

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Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson discusses popular Latin holiday music traditions.

Latin Roots: The Christmas Music Of Latin America

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The New Standards: A Supergroup Celebrates 'Snow Days'

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This Twin Cities trio stages an annual holiday show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul; it's always the hottest ticket in town. Watch The New Standards perform for The Current.

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Pink Martini On World Cafe

The small orchestra is colorful and classy with a global sound. Its latest release, Joy to the World, features holiday music from a number of countries. Hear songs from the album, performed live.

Pink Martini On World Cafe

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Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

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With Tinsel and Lights, the U.K. singer-songwriter has the holiday album she's been wanting to make for years. Here, she plays songs from the record and discusses its creation with host David Dye.

Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

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Andrew Bird: The Folksy Side Of An Inventive Star

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The singer, songwriter and violinist had a prolific year in 2012, releasing two albums. Watch Bird perform the track, "Three White Horses," live at The Current's Twin Cities studios.

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Ensemble Galilei Shares Essential Songs Of The Season

The Celtic folk band features six musicians who perform music from the Renaissance, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. The group joins NPR's Neal Conan to share holiday favorites.

Ensemble Galilei Shares Essential Songs Of The Season

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