Studio Sessions Musicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.

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Robyn Hitchcock On World Cafe

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The U.K. singer-songwriter performs songs from his slick, surrealist self-titled album.

Robyn Hitchcock On World Cafe

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Tank And The Bangas On World Cafe

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The New Orleans band, who won NPR Music's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, brings its big sound and huge heart to this interview and performance.

Tank And The Bangas On World Cafe

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Steve Earle On World Cafe

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The prolific songwriter has a lifetime of stories, and you're gonna hear them — plus, a live performance of music from his latest album.

Steve Earle On World Cafe

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Latin Roots: Balún

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Hear a live performance from the band, whose sound combines shoegaze-pop with pan-Caribbean identity, recorded at Nuevofest 2017 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Latin Roots: Balún

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Dan Wilson On World Cafe

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The frontman and songwriter for Semisonic talks about co-writing with artists like Adele, Dixie Chicks and Gabe Dixon, and performs songs from his album Recovered.

Dan Wilson On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Republican Hair

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Hear an interview and live session with the Nashville new-wave-ish party band who draws inspiration from the sounds of the 1980s.

World cafe Nashville: Republican Hair

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The Wooden Sky On World Cafe

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The band can be explosive, fiery and huge — and then, on a dime, it can be tender, beautiful and magnetically quiet. Hear its World Cafe session.

The Wooden Sky On World Cafe

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Simon Raymonde On World Cafe

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The multi-faceted musician, who played bass in Cocteau Twins, talks to World Cafe about his record label, Bella Union, and his current band, Lost Horizons.

Simon Raymonde On World Cafe

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Overcoats On World Cafe

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The duo's music rests on two voices so perfectly in sync you'd swear they were coming from the same person. Hear songs from Overcoats' debut album, Young.

Overcoats On World Cafe

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

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The ambassadors of the French Quarter paid a visit to our studios in Philadelphia for a live session.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

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Latin Roots: Javiera Mena

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Hear a live recording from the Latin Grammy nominee performing live at Nuevofest 2017 in Philadelphia.

Javiera Mena On World Cafe

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Brother Ali On World Cafe

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The Minneapolis-based artist, who's been delivering socially conscious hip-hop for nearly two decades, performs live in the Cafe studio.

Brother Ali On World Cafe

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