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Ruen Brothers On World Cafe

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Hear the story of how the brothers went from singing in the pubs of an old steel town outside London to recording at Rick Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu.

Ruen Brothers On World Cafe

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Rare Essence On World Cafe

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Go-go is an offshoot of funk that combines elements of R&B, hip-hop and blues. Rare Essence, the Washington D.C. pioneers of go-go, bring the get-down to World Cafe.

Rare Essence On World Cafe

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Kississippi On World Cafe

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After some ups and downs, Zoe Reynolds persisted and independently released her debut album. Hear a live performance.

Kississippi on World Cafe

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Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls Strikes Out On His Own And Talks About Getting Old

Spinal Tap's legendary bassist drops by with a few songs from his new reflective solo record, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing).

Derek Smalls On World Cafe

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Bettye LaVette On World Cafe

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At 72 years old, LaVette is back with a deep dive into Bob Dylan's songbook for her latest record Things Have Changed.

Bettye LaVette On World Cafe

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Bermuda Triangle Visit Wolrd Cafe, Share New Song 'Till The End Of Days'

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Jesse Lafser, Brittany Howard and Becca Mancari all maintain their own brilliant careers. What brings them together as Bermuda Triangle is friendship, pure and simple.

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Welles and his band inside the World Cafe Performance Studio. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Welles On World Cafe

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Jeh-Sea Welles has the look, the voice, the licks, the hooks and the attitude of a real rock star.

Welles on World Cafe

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Natalie Prass inside the World Cafe Performance Studio. John Evin Groome/WXPN hide caption

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Natalie Prass On World Cafe

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Rather than taking on an acid tongue, Prass digs into the sweeter possibilities — that tough times can make people stick together, stand up and be counted and even dance.

Natalie Prass On World Cafe

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Peter Hook On World Cafe

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Few musicians have more of a signature sound or personality than Hook. Hear a live performance and interview with the post-punk pioneer.

Peter Hook On World Cafe

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Willie Nelson sings about outliving friends, surviving death hoaxes and more on his latest album, Last Man Standing. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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With a career spanning more than five decades, Nelson is an American treasure. Over a cup of coffee, the 85-year-old talks about outliving old friends, practicing martial arts and life on a tour bus.

Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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Watch The Fairfield Four & The Campbell Brothers Perform Live

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Enjoy a Gospel Roots Of Rock And Soul concert with a rich variety of material from the African American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire.

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Robert Finley On World Cafe

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He's loved music and performing his whole life. Now, he has finally released his debut album in his early 60s.

Robert Finley On World Cafe

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Courtney Barnett performs live at Non-COMM 2018 in Philadelphia, recorded live for this session. Ashley Gellman/WXPN hide caption

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Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

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The Australian artist's latest album Tell Me How You Really Feel is marvelous for many reasons. Barnett discusses writing about doubt while exuding total ease and artistic certainty.

Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

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