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Jesse Winchester Returns From Exile

XPN

With his blend of folk, blues and country, Jesse Winchester embodies the spirit of American music. Winchester celebrates Love Filling Station, his first album in a decade, with a visit to the World Cafe.

Jesse Winchester Performs In Studio For World Cafe 6/30/09

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The Low Anthem: Shimmering Americana

On its sophomore album, The Low Anthem introduces Oh My God, Charlie Darwin with a guitar strumming gently under a falsetto voice. It then echoes to a shimmer. The disc offers an inventive and surprising survey of American folk and roots music, featuring everything from Appalachian ballads to full-throated bluesy stomps.

The Low Anthem: Shimmering Americana

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: Native American Folk Legend

Cree Indian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie has recorded numerous albums and written Oscar-winning songs. Her first record in 13 years is Running for the Drum, which expands on the creative mix of Native American rhythms, electronica and folk music she began many years ago.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Native American Folk Legend

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Cheap Trick: What's 'The Latest'?

XPN

As they celebrate their 35th anniversary as a band, all the original members of Cheap Trick have again gotten together to record The Latest. Here, the group performs new songs and old classics while showcasing an array of catchy hooks and blistering guitar riffs.

Cheap Trick: What's 'The Latest'?

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Pela: Brand-New Songs, Unplugged

KEXP

Singer Billy McCarthy and his band Pela put aside their high-voltage stage antics to introduce four new songs in a session from KEXP. But instead of what will inevitably end up as album versions, the group treated KEXP to acoustic arrangements.

Session Spotlight: Pela Performs 'Strange Days'

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Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Marian McPartland asked her friend Elvis Costello to sit in as guest host for this episode of Piano Jazz. The session features New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, who sings and plays his hit tune "Southern Nights" and performs a duet with Costello on the pair's recent collaboration "Ascension Day."

Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

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Tortoise: Lighting Up Electronic 'Beacons'

XPN

For nearly two decades, Tortoise has been expanding the definition of indie prog-rock, which wasn't too rigidly defined to begin with. With influences ranging from John Coltrane to ZZ Top, there's an adventurous, creative bent at work. In a session from WXPN, Tortoise performs songs from its electronic-heavy Beacons of Ancestorship.

Tortoise In Studio On World Cafe 8/26/09

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Stefon Harris Blackout: E Pluribus Urban

WBGO

Five years ago, vibraphonist and marimba player Stefon Harris started Blackout. It's a troupe of music mercenaries adept in the language of jazz, the strut of soul music and the raucous ruckus of breakbeats, go-go and new-jack rhythms. Hear Blackout bring swagger to modern jazz in a session from WBGO.

Stefon Harris Blackout In Studio On WBGO 7/17/09

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Cotton Jones: Charming Sadness

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Mike Nau and Whitney McGraw of the band Page France recently released a soulful and melancholy record under the name Cotton Jones. In a session from WXPN, the duo performs songs from Paranoid Cocoon.

Cotton Jones: Charming Sadness

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Black Joe Lewis: Gritty Soul, Blazing Horns

XPN

James Brown hasn't been reincarnated, but Black Joe Lewis sure does follow in his footsteps. With his new band The Honeybears, the twentysomething Texas soul singer showcases his rowdy retro-rock at WXPN.

Black Joe Lewis: Gritty Soul, Blazing Horns

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Dark Meat

We often joke about how many people we can fit behind Bob Boilen's desk for one of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts. Every month, we seem to push the boundary just a bit farther, as the bands get bigger and louder. But the first real test of our limits came when eight members of Dark Meat showed up to play.

Matisyahu: Uplifting, Idiosyncratic Reggae

XPN

As a Hasidic Jew, the reggae singer brings a unique perspective to the genre. His upbeat message, and his leaning on rock and hip-hop influences, are showcased in this performance at WXPN, featuring songs from his forthcoming album Light.

Matisyahu on World Cafe - 08/21/2009

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Dave Samuels On Piano Jazz

Here, Piano Jazz showcases vibraphone virtuoso Dave Samuels along with pianist Alain Mallet. Samuels' gift for evocative melody and his rhythmic versatility make him one of the leading mallet players of his generation.

Dave Samuels On Piano Jazz

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Marc Andre Hamelin: The Praiseworthy Pianist

American Public Media

Hamelin doesn't like to be called a virtuoso, but his skills are hard to deny. Hear him indulge his two pianistic passions in the APM studio: making the treacherously difficult sound easy and uncovering pieces by little-known composers.

Hear Marc-Andre Hamelin At The Performance Today Studio

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A Camp: Inspired By Wig Powder And Bowie

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

The Cardigans' Nina Persson also plays and records with a two-thirds Swedish trio inspired by wig powder, imperialism and the Bowery. She and her band sat down with Rita Houston to discuss Persson's affinity for David Bowie and Nicolai Dunger.

Stronger Than Jesus

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