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The North Carolina sextet Annuals recently released a new EP, Sweet Sister.
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A beloved indie-rock band of the 1970s and '80s, The Feelies never quite caught on with more than a loyal circle of hardcore fans and music critics. But the group's layered guitar-rock was extremely influential, and continues to exert an influence. The Feelies reunited in 2008.
Rose was a pioneer and revivalist who played a major part in bringing ragtime and American Primitive into the spotlight. In a session from World Cafe, Dave Shuford (a.k.a. D. Charles Speer) remembers the guitarist with a performance of "Medley/Prison Song."
Remembering Jack Rose On World Cafe
Dave Rawlings Machine performs at KEXP.
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Rawlings arrived at KEXP with a big cowboy hat perched on his head, a guitar in his hand and a song in his heart. With his longtime collaborator Gillian Welch and a band in tow, Rawlings performed songs from his solo debut, A Friend of a Friend.
After a seven-year hiatus, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant returns with Leave Your Sleep, an album of global-spanning poetry set to song. At WXPN, she interprets the words of E.E. Cummings and others.
Natalie Merchant On World Cafe
Regina Carter says she's drawn to the dark, lower-pitched registers of the violin.
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Carter's new album marks a new direction for the jazz violinist: The record interprets African folk songs, both traditional and contemporary. Carter and members of her band recently visited NPR to explain and perform songs from Reverse Thread.
Regina Carter: Translating African Folk To The Jazz Violin
Sands presents a fresh look at the language of jazz, from swing to Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms. He gets together with guest host Christian McBride for duets in "Lonesome Lover" and "Kelly's Blues."
Cellist Ben Sollee and guitarist/banjo player Daniel Martin Moore started writing songs together to protest mountaintop-removal coal mining in their beloved Kentucky. Their ecological subject matter may be heavy, but the duo brought a lightheartedness to this session at WFUV.
Ben Sollee And Daniel Martin Moore In Studio On WFUV 3/5/10
You may not know his name, but you know his music. For the past 30 years, Buffett has provided the soundtracks to films like Dances With Wolves. A longtime instrumental New Age musician, Buffett sings in this session from WXPN.
Miller-Heidke thought she was heading toward a career in opera, with plans to take up Gilbert and Sullivan roles. But in spite of her classic training and multiple degrees in music, the soprano was won over by the power of pop.
Kate Miller-Heidke On World Cafe
Elephant Micah performs at WNYC.
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Elephant Micah makes songs and tosses them, like messages in bottles, into the vast figurative oceans surrounding Indiana. With a hint of mystery, Joe O'Connell performs tuneful, folksy and emotional songs on WNYC's Spinning on Air.
Elephant Micah In Studio On WNYC's Spinning On Air 4/26/10
Influenced by classic rock and folk songwriters, Ritter has spent the last decade becoming a star around the world. He's known as a singer of substance and has received widespread acclaim in Ireland, America and beyond. Hear Ritter in a session from WXPN.
With the same careful attention to harmony and craftsmanship that's marked Nada Surf's career, If I Had a Hi-Fi is a collection of cover songs. In this session from World Cafe, Nada Surf performs its own takes on The Go-Betweens, Depeche Mode and Bill Fox.
Nada Surf In Studio On World Cafe 5/13/10
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard takes an assortment of French music to WGBH in Boston.
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