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Delta Spirit On World Cafe

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Urgent and anthemic, "Trashcan" pulled at heartstrings back in 2008 when Delta Spirit dropped Ode To Sunshine. Its sophomore album, History From Below, builds on Sunshine's high-energy rock 'n' roll.

Delta Spirit On World Cafe

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Plants And Animals On World Cafe

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The three guys from Montreal, all talented instrumentalists, just released their sophomore album, La La Land. The record is tighter and heavier than their first, more loosely structured effort, Parc Avenue. The band plays its new songs live at the WXPN studios.

Plants And Animals On World Cafe

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Retribution Gospel Choir: Fast Is The New Low

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Alan Sparhawk is known largely for his work in the famously slow-moving band Low, but he doesn't always drive 55. His side project, which also features Low bassist Steve Garrington, boosts the tempo to cathartic effect. Hear Retribution Gospel Choir's full in-studio set at The Current in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Retribution Gospel Choir: Fast Is The New Low

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Eclectic neo-soul shouter Jamie Lidell's new record is called Compass. Hadley Hudson hide caption

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Jamie Lidell On World Cafe

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The glitchy techno DJ turned soul revivalist has explored many genres and methods of music-making over the years, but his latest album, Compass features a full band and collaboration with Beck. Listen to the set here.

Jamie Lidell On World Cafe

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Tift Merritt appears on World Cafe in support of her fourth full-length album, See You on the Moon. Frank Rothenberg hide caption

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Tift Merritt On World Cafe

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The gifted singer-songwriter performs tunes from her fourth full-length, See You on the Moon, and unpacks the personal ties to her highly narrative songs.

Web Extra: 'Engine To Turn'

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CocoRosie: Mystic Sisters

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Bianca and Sierra Casady make strange but beautiful music together as CocoRosie. Imagine a cabaret interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien and you're getting close. Listen to the siblings perform four songs from their new album, Grey Oceans, on KEXP.

CocoRosie In Studio At KEXP, 06/25/2010

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The Morning Benders On World Cafe

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The band's latest album, Big Echo, came out in March. Co-produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, it assembles a wall of sound using a plethora of instruments and beautifully layered vocals.

The Morning Benders On World Cafe

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Broken Bells On World Cafe

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Shins frontman James Mercer and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, are proof that sometimes genius really does love company. Their self-titled album earlier this year was voted by All Songs Considered listeners as one of the best of year (so far). Hear the duo live on WXPN.

Broken Bells On World Cafe

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Patty Larkin stopped by WFUV in New York to celebrate her 25 years of making music. Jana Leon hide caption

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Patty Larkin: Divine Aspirations

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After 25 years in the music business, the Boston singer-songwriter calls herself a "survivor," but admits that she wants to become a legend. Listen to her invite-only show at WFUV in New York City, on which she appears with fellow singer Erin McKeown.

Patty Larkin In Studio at WFUV, 3/18/2010

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Carney On World Cafe

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This Los Angeles blues-rock band is led by Reeve Carney, the future star of U2's Broadway interpretation of Spider-Man. Yes, you read that correctly. Before hitting the theater district, his band stopped by the WXPN studios.

Carney On World Cafe

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Judy Collins On World Cafe

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The legendary singer-songwriter visits World Cafe Live to share songs and stories, including several new tunes from her latest album, Paradise.

Judy Collins On World Cafe

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Sarah Jaffe: 'Suburban' Serenade

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One of the latest talents to emerge from Denton, Texas, owns a fantastic voice and the writing chops to match. Fresh off tours with Norah Jones and Lou Barlow, Jaffe and her band stop by KUT in Austin for an in-studio performance.

Sarah Jaffe In Studio at KUT, 05/15/2010

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Romain Collin On Piano Jazz

The young pianist toured with both Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock while still a student. Since graduating, he's been writing original music on a sweeping, cinematic scale. In a session, Collin performs original tunes and standards by Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Romain Collin In Studio On Piano Jazz 3/22/10

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Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

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After a couple of Broken Social Scene Presents... "solo" records, the long running Canadian band returns with a collective, collaborative effort in Forgiveness Rock Record. Hear an interview with founder Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin along with a studio session on World Cafe.

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Mose Allison: The Piano Man Returns

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The 82-year-old jazz and blues songwriter has drifted between genres for most of his life. After a 13-year break from the studio, he's back with a new album, with some help from producer Joe Henry. Hear a special session with Allison on WFUV in New York City.

Mose Allison: The Piano Man Returns

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