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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Welcome To Planet Kamasi Washington

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The rules of musical gravity don't apply for the spirited saxophonist, composer and producer.

Kamasi Washington On World Cafe

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Gary Clark Jr. Shows Impressive Musical Range On 'This Land'

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The Austin native's latest album This Land incorporates punk, soul and even hip-hop.

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

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From The Lumineers To 'Rattlesnake' Kate, Neyla Pekarek Goes Solo

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The Lumineers cellist left the band this past fall. In January, she officially struck out on her own with a solo album, Rattlesnake.

Neyla Pekarek On World Cafe

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More Than 50 Years In, Mavis Staples Is Still Delivering Messages Of Hope And Justice

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She's a political activist and a rock star. In this session, hear lots of music and legendary stories from Mavis Staples.

Mavis Staples On World Cafe

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LA's Paisley Underground Scene Reunites With New Album

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Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn, The Three O'Clock's Danny Benair and The Bangles' Vicki Peterson share stories and songs from their new collab album, 3 x 4.

The Paisley Underground On World Cafe

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Macy Gray Has An Honest Optimism

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Ruby, Macy Gray's latest album, brings many similarities to her sophomore release, The Id. It's funny and funky, never saccharine, always uplifting.

Macy Gray On World Cafe

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Adia Victoria Captures The Spirits Of The Blues In A Simple Phrase: Black Genius

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Her songs are poetic and political, steeped in both punk and cabaret, and sung in a voice that blends Eartha Kitt's cool with Nina Simone's fury.

Adia Victoria On World Cafe

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Left to right: Briana Younger, music editor and writer for The New Yorker; Jon Batiste, jazz artist and bandleader for The Late Show; Rodney Carmichael, staff hip-hop writer for NPR Music. Courtesy of Briana Younger / Abby Ross / Lauren Zillinger/Courtesy of the contributors / NPR hide caption

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Listening For The Future During Black History Month

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Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste, New Yorker writer Briana Younger and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael join World Cafe for a spirited conversation on the black creators shaping the future of music.

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J.S. Ondara's Sound Is Extraordinary And His Story Is Even Better

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Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya with big dreams of becoming a musician in the U.S. Hear a studio performance of songs from his debut album, Tales Of America.

J.S. Ondara On World Cafe

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Kacey, Margo And More: The Grammy-Nominated Acts That Visited World Cafe In 2018

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Listen back to sessions from 2019 Grammy nominees who have come through our doors this past year.

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

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Julia Jacklin Shares A Sneak Peek Of Her Upcoming Album, 'Crushing'

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Get a sampler of the Melbourne-based singer's forthcoming record that is personal, intimate and beautiful.

Julia Jacklin on World Cafe

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Cat Power Means People Power

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Chan Marshall performs live and talks about her journey to 2018's Wanderer, a powerful realization she had with Lana Del Rey and the true meaning behind her band name.

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How The Band Out Lines Turns True Tales Into Music

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World Cafe takes a trip to Glasgow to hear about Kathryn Joseph and James Graham's life-changing act of taking other people's stories and turning them into songs.

Out Lines On World Cafe

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Oh Pep! Makes Unpredictable Pop

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The Melbourne-based band has always got a bent note or quirky chord progression up its proverbial sleeve.

Oh Pep! On World Cafe

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