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Boy And Bear On World Cafe

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The folk-rock band, a chart-topper at home in Australia, plays a handful of songs in the studio.

Boy And Bear On World Cafe

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Peter Bjorn And John On World Cafe

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Today's Vintage Cafe comes from 2007, when the Swedish band released its hit album Writer's Block.

Peter Bjorn And John On World Cafe In 2007

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Dan Wilson On World Cafe

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If Wilson's name doesn't ring a bell, trust us: You'll know at least a few of his songs.

Dan Wilson On World Cafe

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Paquito D'Rivera On Piano Jazz

D'Rivera and bassist David Fink joined host Marian McPartland in 1995 for "Birk's Works," in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform "A Night in Englewood."

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Brandy Clark On 'Song Travels'

Clark shares stories of the people, real and imagined, who inspired her writing. She also performs a set of her original songs, including "Pray to Jesus" and "Hold My Hand," live in the studio.

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Drive-By Truckers On World Cafe

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Though today's guests call Athens, Ga., home, they have roots in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where the father of lead singer Patterson Hood recorded with the legendary studio band.

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Angélique Kidjo On World Cafe

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The inspirational singer's new album is dedicated to the women of Africa. In addition to her performance, she talks about her work with UNICEF and the problems facing African women today.

Angélique Kidjo On World Cafe

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Robert Ellis On World Cafe

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The singer discusses his love of Paul Simon and growing up on the industrial south coast of Texas.

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

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KEXP Presents: Temples

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The young U.K. band has been touted by Britpop luminaries like Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, who've both fallen for Temples' shimmering and nostalgia-inducing debut, Sun Structures.

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Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

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Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit "Josie" and standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."

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Brett Dennen On World Cafe

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The singer-songwriter has come a long way from the shy solo sets of his early career. He's found his voice in outward-looking, confident material.

Brett Dennen On World Cafe

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Robert Cray Band On World Cafe

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He was inspired by The Beatles, but later fell under the spell of Jimi Hendrix. Cray is in the studio today to perform songs from his new album, In My Soul.

Robert Cray On World Cafe

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