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The Los Angeles pop band Local Natives appeared on World Cafe.
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These long-time friends from Orange County called their debut album Gorilla Manor in honor of the space they shared while living and working together. Hear an interview and tunes from their energetic live show.
The St Lawrence String Quartet contrasts music by Ravel and Adams at the WGBH studio.
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When composer John Adams heard the St. Lawrence Quartet play Beethoven, creative doors started flying open. Inspired by the musicians, and the music of Maurice Ravel, Adams wrote his very first string quartet.
Refined, tactful songwriting and exquisite vocal harmonies make this small-town Pennsylvania trio shine. Good Old War's folk-inspired sound highlights its simple, hook-filled music. Here, the band discusses and performs songs from its new self-titled album.
Good Old War On World Cafe
Celtic star Karan Casey and cellist Kate Ellis perform on Folk Alley.
The celebrated Irish folksinger speaks with Folk Alley's Jim Blum about her decision to leave Celtic headliner Solas, the disintegrating record industry and her children's love for Lady Gaga. Hear the interview and a riveting in-studio performance.
The band recently released its third album, Genuine Negro Jig, with the help of its inspiration, Joe Thompson. The album finds the trio reworking covers of classics, pop hits and carefully crafted originals. Together, CCD's members share a single passion: to keep the tradition of old-time string music alive, exciting and inventive.
Carolina Chocolate Drops on World Cafe
Enchanting Philadelphia folksinger Meg Baird.
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The enchanting Philadelphia folksinger joins David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air to unveil new songs and intriguing covers of music by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. Listen to the entire session here.
Colossus marks a departure from the comparatively traditional pop-rock sound of RJD2's 2007 album The Third Hand. His pop influences surface on tracks such as "The Glow," but his textures are driven by kick and snare patterns that resemble the hip-hop of his earlier work. Watch RJD2 demonstrate the process of creating sample-based music, using one of his own songs.
Fitz And The Tantrums' members showcase their soul sound at the KEXP studios in New York City.
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This Swedish indie-pop band's latest album, Work, features a surprisingly raw, stripped-down sound, but it's still full of catchy pop. The group visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.
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Cuban legend Omara Portuondo recently performed at the WFUV studios in New York City.
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Chinese pianist Yundi Li recently shortened his stage name to "Yundi." But it may not have been necessary: The young musician has already achieved superstardom in his homeland. In this session from WNYC, he plays two Chopin nocturnes.
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Villagers just released its debut full-length CD, Becoming A Jackal.
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Conor J. O'Brien is the driving force behind the acoustic folk outfit Villagers, and his intensity pushed the band to the top of the charts in Ireland even before its debut had been released. In just a couple of years, Villagers has become one of the biggest musical names on the Emerald Isle and an internationally known folk group.
The California-based Zeitlin is an acclaimed pianist with an keen, empathetic touch -- and who happens to be a practicing clinical psychiatrist. In this 1999 session, he joins Marian McPartland for a duet session of standards and tunes from Wayne Shorter and Ornette Coleman.
After releasing five studio albums and building an international fan base, The Black Seeds' members are looking to break through in the U.S. Hear the New Zealand band perform its brand of reggae fusion on World Cafe.