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Peter Moren: A Quieter 'Tycoon'

WNYC Radio

With the indie-pop band Peter Bjorn and John, Moren sings upbeat, jangly numbers like the smash hit "Young Folks." But his new solo album, The Last Tycoon, is an intimate, low-key affair.

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Marcus Johnson Serenades 'Tell Me More'

In a surprise performance and interview, jazz pianist Marcus Johnson and his trio perform in celebration of the program's anniversary.

Marcus Johnson Serenades 'Tell Me More'

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Willie Nelson, Live from the 'Fresh Air' Studios

Fresh Air

Our celebration of Willie Nelson's 75th birthday continues with an excerpt from a 1996 visit with the outlaw-country legend. He joined us in our studios for a conversation — and a few songs, including "Amazing Grace," "Family Bible" and "Crazy."

Willie Nelson, Live from the 'Fresh Air' Studios

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Jason Collett: Canadian Country Ballads

XPN

Jason Collett's music combines '70s pop-rock and Canadian country ballads, the latter a style he's been honing since the late '80s in alt-country bands around Toronto. He also belongs to the wildly prolific and musically incestuous Broken Social Scene. Hear an interview and performance.

Jason Collett in Studio on World Cafe 4/30/08

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'BPP' Jukebox: Peter, Bjorn and John Soloist

Singer and guitarist Peter Morén of Peter, Bjorn and John plays a solo acoustic version of "Object of My Affection," a single off the band's hit 2006 album, Writer's Block.

'BPP' Jukebox: Peter, Bjorn and John Soloist

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Liam Finn Strikes with 'Lightning'

KUT 90.5

New Zealand singer-songwriter Liam Finn is known to bring along an arsenal of electronics to perform as a one-man band. But in a session on KUT, Finn brings only himself, a guitar, and vocalist Eliza Jane Barnes for a laid-back performance and interview.

Liam Finn in Studio on KUT 3/15/08

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Chatham County Line: Bluegrass Gets Bold

XPN

While many bluegrass pickers revel in speed and technique, some also aim to take bluegrass songwriting in different directions. That's not to say that Chatham County Line sacrifices instrumental prowess for songs. In fact, it can showboat with the best of them.

Chatham County Line in Studio on World Cafe 4/29/08

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Habib Koite Releases First Album in Six Years

After a six-year absence from the recording studio, musician Habib Koité and his band, Bamada, are back with a new CD, titled Afriki. Koité talks about his style of blending the musical traditions of his Malian homeland with contemporary influences.

Habib Koite Releases First Album in Six Years

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Justin Townes Earle: Sobering Up to Music

The Nashville singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is trying to make his own career in music. But it comes with some history: His father is the outspoken Steve Earle, and at 25, Justin has already fought off a powerful drug habit that nearly killed him.

Justin Townes Earle: Sobering Up to Music

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Melody Gardot and Her 'Worrisome Heart'

XPN

Gardot didn't start her musical career out of a grand artistic vision. While riding her bicycle, she was hit by the driver of a Jeep making an illegal turn. Hospitalized for months, Gardot used music for recovery therapy, at doctors' suggestion.

Melody Gardot in Studio on World Cafe 4/1/08

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On the BPP Jukebox: The Dodos Play 'Ashley'

When the clattering, mesmerizing Dodos stopped by the Bryant Park Project for a studio session this spring, their drummer set up in our news booth and the keyboardist plinked away on a toy piano.

On the BPP Jukebox: The Dodos Play 'Ashley'

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Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

The guitarist was recruited by Sonny Rollins at age 16, and he's been dazzling listeners and fellow musicians ever since. Hear him perform The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" with host Marian McPartland.

Bobby Broom On Piano Jazz

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Replay: Smoosh Lights Up 'Dark Shine'

The teen pop trio Smoosh play "Dark Shine," another cut from their Bryant Park Project cubicle concert.

Replay: Smoosh Lights Up 'Dark Shine'

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Cloud Cult: Musical and Visual Instruments

WNYC Radio

The large Minneapolis-based band has earned a reputation for playing each of their sets with a multimedia component: Live painting. The group visits WNYC's Soundcheck for an interview and studio performance.

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Nicholas Payton: A Different Kind of Blue

WBGO

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton shares three songs from his latest CD, Into the Blue. The New Orleans native talks jazz and what it means to resonate. The new songs show a creative musician who knows himself, and bandmates who understand each other.

Nicholas Payton in Studio on WBGO 10/07

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