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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Spend Your Christmas With PJ Morton

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Hear a live performance from the NOLA musician, adding a little bounce to your holiday entertainment.

PJ Morton On World Cafe

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Old 97's Show Love For The Holidays

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The band performs songs from its first album of holiday songs, including one inspired by the Ramones.

Old 97's On World Cafe

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JD McPherson Has The Ugly Sweater Blues

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McPherson performs songs from Socks, a holiday album that is equal parts earnest, loving and irreverent.

JD McPherson On World Cafe

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A World Cafe Holiday: Sharon Jones, Jack Johnson, Betty Wright And More

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This special edition of World Cafe features holiday performances from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jack Johnson, The Polyphonic Spree and more.

A World Cafe Holiday

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boygenius On World Cafe

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Come for the monster musicianship and harmonies, stay for the shredding and sharp commentary.

boygenius On World Cafe

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Petal On World Cafe

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Being honest with herself and with the people around her was a lifesaver for Kiley Lotz.

Petal On World Cafe

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The Marcus King Band On World Cafe

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A live session from one of the best guitarists in America. King makes sounds like someone who's been working at it for decades.

Marcus King Band On World Cafe

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William Bell On World Cafe

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Bell tells stories of Stax Records' wildly productive years that's captured on a new box set called Stax '68: A Memphis Story.

William Bell On World Cafe

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'Music Is Anything': Jeff Tweedy Shares Stories From His New Memoir

A chat with the Wilco frontman on complicated relationships with bandmates, his struggle to kick addiction and conversations with his wife on how much of his life to commit to paper.

Jeff Tweedy On World Cafe

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Kurt Vile On World Cafe

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There are few people who can spin a tale like Kurt and it shows on his latest record. Hear a live studio performance of songs from Bottle It In.

Kurt Vile On World Cafe

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Fantastic Negrito On World Cafe

Fantastic Negrito is a man that wants to be seen and wants to be heard. Enjoy a gripping story and thrilling performance in this session.

Fantastic Negrito On World Cafe

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Doyle Bramhall II On World Cafe

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With a strong voice and dizzying array of guitar licks at his disposal, Doyle Bramhall II is a musicians' musician.

Doyle Bramhall II On World Cafe

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Glorietta On World Cafe

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A bunch of exceptional songwriters and performers rent a house in Glorieta, N.M. for a week of tequila, hot tubs, home cooking and music-making. Just like that, out pops an album!

Glorietta On World Cafe

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Doe Paoro On World Cafe

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The songwriting in Paoro's latest album, Soft Power, examines control, loss, struggle and a woman's place in it all.

Doe Paoro On World Cafe

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Hozier On World Cafe

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Hozier creates musical moments big enough to galvanize every molecule around them into action and tiny enough that they can burrow themselves in the hidden corners of your heart.

Hozier On World Cafe

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