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The Soul Rebels infuse elements of brass band sound, marching band dynamics, jazz and soul into their music. Rick Olivier/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Soul Rebels On World Cafe

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Hear the New Orleans eight-piece perform soulful songs from its new album, Unlock Your Mind.

The Soul Rebels On World Cafe

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KCRW Presents: Gardens And Villa

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The Prince-loving Santa Barbara band mixes synths and bamboo flutes to conjure the sounds of the '80s in this performance for KCRW.

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Laura Gibson On World Cafe

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On Gibson's new album, La Grande, her hushed voice is as quiet as ever, but her songs are louder.

Laura Gibson On World Cafe

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Liz Phair.

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World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Alternative

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Get nostalgic with World Cafe's roundup of archival interviews, featuring '90s modern-rock stars Liz Phair, Belly, Matthew Sweet and more.

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Alternative

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Nada Surf On World Cafe

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The veteran pop band performs alternately hopeful and sweetly sad songs in this studio session.

Nada Surf On World Cafe

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Chris Dingman's song "Manhattan Bridge" was inspired by his daily commute to and from work: "[There's] this moment of beauty when you emerge on the Manhattan Bridge and you see the whole city before you, and there's this feeling of hope." Zachary Maxwell Stertz hide caption

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Chris Dingman On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

Inspired by his daily commute, the vibraphonist performs the quietly hopeful "Manhattan Bridge" with host Jon Weber.

Chris Dingman On 'Piano Jazz: Rising Stars'

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Latin Roots: Novalima And The Lima Sound

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Hear the nonet incorporate a wide range of cultural influences into its upbeat Afro-Peruvian songs.

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KCRW Presents: Van Hunt

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Dashes of punk, funk and even prog-rock make the singer's performance truly one of a kind.

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Los Campesinos! On World Cafe

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Hear the U.K. septet perform sharp, lively indie-rock ballads from its newest album, Hello Sadness.

Los Campesinos! On World Cafe

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Y La Bamba: The Pride Of Portland

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The Oregon-based band showed off their unique indie pop meets canciones mix in this October 2010 session.

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Cass McCombs On World Cafe

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Hear the introspective folk musician perform wandering songs from his latest album, Humor Risk.

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Haitian Heritage In Cuba ... As Heard Through Song

In this encore broadcast, Michel Martin hosts the Creole Choir of Cuba for a performance chat. The group is credited with introducing the world to the rhythms of the Haitian community in Cuba. The 10 members are descendants of West Africans who were enslaved on that island. They sing songs of their ancestors, infused with contemporary sounds.

Haitian Heritage In Cuba ... As Heard Through Song

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Mavis Staples performs with The Roots at the Climate Rally on the National Mall on April 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel

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Hear conversations with guitar masters Buddy Guy and R.L. Burnside, gospel storyteller Mavis Staples and blues royalty Koko Taylor.

World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel

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Chairlift On World Cafe

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The synth-pop duo plays some of the darkly infectious songs from its new album, Something.

Chairlift On World Cafe

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