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'Echo In The Canyon' Celebrates The Exchange Of Ideas That Has Reverberated Over Time

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Jakob Dylan, Cat Power and Jade Castrinos perform songs from the new music documentary and concert film Echo In The Canyon.

Echo In The Canyon On World Cafe

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The O'Jays Want The World To Catch Up To The Love Train

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The O'Jays founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams explain why "Love Train" is still relevant today.

The O'Jays On World Cafe

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Toro y Moi Sings Cheat Codes For Your Life

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On 2017's Boo Boo, Chaz Bear wrote a chill R&B record. For 2019's Outer Peace, he had an unusual motivator — the daily grind.

Toro y Moi On World Cafe

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Watch White Denim Perform 'Shanalala'

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Austin-based band White Denim absolutely tore through its live session on Morning Becomes Eclectic with an energy and swagger that bent KCRW's airwaves.

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The Many Characters Of Cage The Elephant's 'Social Cues'

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Lead singer Matt Shultz talks about personal experiences and voices that emerged in the band's latest record, Social Cues.

Cage the Elephant On World Cafe

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Rescued From The Vault: Nat Turner Rebellion

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An album from 50 years ago that could have been a total classic is resurrected from the archives.

Nat Turner Rebellion On World Cafe

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The Head And The Heart's 'Living Mirage' Has An Emphasis On Starting Fresh

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The band talks about its trip to Joshua Tree and the new writing that it inspired.

The Head And The Heart On World Cafe

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Yola Walked Through Fire And Came Out Singing

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The songs on Yola's debut solo album ring out with the triumphant air of someone who has withstood the flames en route to achieving their dreams.

Yola On World Cafe

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Karen O And Danger Mouse Unlock A New Creative Universe

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On Karen O And Danger Mouse's debut collaboration, Lux Prima, the sound is inviting, thrilling and entirely distinct from the voices they each are known for in their own careers.

Karen O And Danger Mouse On World Cafe

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George Benson Has A Story To Tell

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Guitar virtuoso George Benson shares tales of working with jazz greats and creating an album dedicated to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.

George Benson On World Cafe

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Pedro The Lion's Homecoming, 15 Years In The Making

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Pedro the Lion's latest album, Phoenix, houses many of David Bazan's childhood memories and stunning moments of personal poetry.

Pedro The Lion On World Cafe

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Snarky Puppy's Full Pack Came Together To Record 'Immigrance'

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This loosely-knit collective of funk, jazz, and rock players recorded it's latest studio album, Immigrance, with the full lineup of just under 20 members.

Snarky Puppy On World Cafe

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Leyla McCalla Has The Capitalist Blues

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Although the topics are heavy, McCalla's music is danceable. This is a treatment informed by the artist's Haitian roots and adopted New Orleans traditions.

Layla McCalla On World Cafe

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