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Pixies On World Cafe

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In the studio today is a rare stripped down performance for an enthusiastic audience. The band talks about how a small joke went viral and led to the band's regrouping and eight-year reunion tour.

The Pixies On World Cafe

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Butch Walker on World Cafe

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The former Marvelous 3 front man has been getting recognized for production work on pop albums since early in the last decade. Today he'll play his own songs from his new EP Peachtree Battle.

Butch Walker On World Cafe

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Lo-Fang, 'Permutations' (Live)

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Watch Lorde's hand-picked opener for her recent tour perform his indie hit, live in the studios of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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The Strypes On World Cafe

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Still in their teens, the band in the studio today is here for their U.S. debut. They're signed to Elton John's management company and people are already taking notice of their vintage sound.

The Stypes On World Cafe

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Damien Jurado On World Cafe

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The Seattle singer performs music from his new album, Brothers and Sisters of The Eternal Son, and talks about the dreams that inspired him.

Damien Jurado On World Cafe

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Vintage Cafe: Beck

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The Vintage Cafe this week features a 2007 visit from Beck. The now iconic artist discusses his struggles with fitting into the hip-hop and indie music scenes.

Beck On World Cafe

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Noah Gundersen, 'Ledges' (Live)

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The soft-spoken folk-rock artist from Seattle performs a delicate and dynamic Morning Show session with his friends and family. Watch Gundersen play the title track to his debut album, Ledges.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff On World Cafe

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From the Bronx to the French Quarter, here's a singer that represents the outsiders and underdogs.

Hurray For The Riff Raff On World Cafe

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John Dankworth On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz remembers the musician, composer, arranger and band leader with this 1998 session, recorded before an audience at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

John Dankworth On Piano Jazz

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Download: Louisville's 5 Best Local Acts

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When we asked our affiliate WFPK in Louisville, Ky., to pick five bands to represent the city, we got a surprising range of works.

Laura Shine On World Cafe

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Cheyenne Mize Debuts New Untitled Song On World Cafe

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The Louisvillian joins us to talk about her album, Among The Grey, which draws on that feeling of existing between childhood and adulthood, about being young and old.

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Phantogram, 'Black Out Days' (Live)

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Fresh off the release of Voices, the New York electro-pop duo stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform one of the album's standout songs, "Black Out Days."

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Ha Ha Tonka On World Cafe

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The four piece joins us today to play music from their album Lessons, and songwriter Brian Roberts explains how Fresh Air's interview with Maurice Sendak triggers his creativity.

Ha Ha Tonka On World Cafe

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Minor Alps, 'Far From The Roses' (Live)

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Nada Surf's Matthew Caws and Juliana Hatfield performed together for the very first time in KEXP's studios in Seattle. Watch them play "Far From The Roses," from Get There.