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Rhye On World Cafe

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Watch the duo perform by candlelight, recorded live by NPR Music at New York's Le Poisson Rouge.

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La Santa Cecilia On World Cafe

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The Latin Alternative band plays a selection of songs from its debut album — including the personal "ICE El Hielo," which refers to the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

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Yo La Tengo, 'Cornelia And Jane' (Live)

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Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew visit Portland, Ore., to perform songs from their latest album, Fade. Watch them perform one of the album's most beautiful tracks, "Cornelia and Jane."

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Chris Young On 'Song Travels'

The 2006 winner of the TV series Nashville Star sings "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and more.

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Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz

Piano Jazz celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return visit from pianist, composer and arranger Dick Hyman, who appeared on the show during its first season in 1979. Always the fleet-fingered pianist and versatile musician, Hyman performs Gershwin, Jobim and a James P. Johnson rag before winding up the hour playing an improvised blues tune with host Marian McPartland.

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Dessa, 'The Man I Knew' (Live)

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The Twin Cities area is home to Doomtree, one of the best independent hip-hop collectives in the country. Dessa, its only female MC, has stepped up the singing on her new solo album, Parts of Speech.

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ELO's Jeff Lynne Describes His Work In The Studio

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The English songwriter has produced records for a slew of famous artists, from George Harrison to Tom Petty. In this installment of World Cafe, Lynne discusses working on his solo album Armchair Theatre and a recent reissue of ELO's Zoom.

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The Handsome Family On World Cafe

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Hear three animal-inspired songs from the husband-and-wife duo's ambitious new album, Wilderness.

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Junip, 'Your Life, Your Call' (Live)

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José González's rock band recently visited the KCRW studios in Santa Monica, Calif., to perform songs from its self-titled album. Watch Junip play the record's catchiest track, "Your Life, Your Call."

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José James On World Cafe

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The jazzy, soulful singer challenges himself throughout his latest album, No Beginning, No End.

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Bebel Gilberto On World Cafe

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World Cafe revisits a 2004 session with the best-selling Brazilian bossa nova star.

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Valerie Simpson On 'Song Travels'

One of the architects of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" joins host Michael Feinstein.

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Radiation City, 'Foreign Bodies' (Live)

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With new members in tow, the Portland band shares songwriting and lead-vocal duties on its new album, Animals in the Median. Watch Radiation City perform "Foreign Bodies" at opbmusic's studios.

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Os Mutantes On World Cafe

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Hear two songs from the legendary Brazilian psychedelic rock band in a session recorded in 2009.

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Sylvio Fraga: Rio De Janeiro, By Way Of New York City

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In this installment of World Cafe's Sense of Place: Rio, Fraga performs two songs with his trio.

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