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Meg Myers On World Cafe

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Myers' music is a bit like Nine Inch Nails got into a fight with the Pixies, with some incredibly dynamic vocals thrown in the mix.

Meg Myers On World Cafe

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Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

On this 1988 Piano Jazz episode, Harris opens with a slow and easy "Black and Blue," then McPartland joins him on "Bag's Groove."

Gene Harris On Piano Jazz

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David Byrne (left) with World Cafe Host, Talia Schlanger (right) backstage at the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival. John Myers/WXPN hide caption

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David Byrne Digs For Wonder

David Byrne, musician and all-around wonder archaeologist, visits the World Cafe Studios in Philadelphia to talk about animals, bicycles, civic obligations and his latest album 'American Utopia.'

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The Meditative Slow Burn Of The Sidekicks

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Watch the Ohio indie rock band play two songs from its latest album live for Folkadelphia.

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Gorillaz On World Cafe

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Beyond being intelligent, thoughtful and perceptive, Gorillaz band member Damon Albarn is incredibly gregarious, infectious and fun.

Gorillaz On World Cafe

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Dermot Kennedy On World Cafe

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Listening to this Irish singer is like hearing someone drag their own heart through their vocal cords and send it right up to the heavens.

Dermot Kennedy On World Cafe

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Rayland Baxter performing at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert on July 13, 2018 - recorded live for the World Cafe. Senia Lopez/WXPN hide caption

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Rayland Baxter On World Cafe

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A slick mix of power pop, rock, folk and even a little glam make up Rayland Baxter's latest album 'Wide Awake.'

Rayland Baxter On World Cafe

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Stefon Harris On Piano Jazz

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is one of the most innovative and impressive artists in jazz, blazing new trails on vibraphone and marimba.

Stefon Harris On Piano Jazz

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Death Cab For Cutie inside the World Cafe Performance Studio Dylan Eddinger/WXPN hide caption

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Death Cab For Cutie Is Thankful For 20 Years Of Memories

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"We're still considered by virtually everybody as an indie band," says Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard.

Death Cab For Cutie On World Cafe

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Lord Huron performs Apogee Studios in Santa Monica for KCRW Steven Dewall/KCRW hide caption

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Watch Lord Huron Perform 'Secret Of Life'

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Lord Huron frontman Ben Schneider tapped into the magic of Los Angeles and the mysteries of life to find inspiration for the band's third album, Vide Noir.

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Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

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When three friends are good at what they do and they're having a lot of fun with each other doing it, we're all in for a good time. That's what this session promises.

Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Liz Cooper And The Stampede

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Call it psychedelic, call it classic or call it the sound of new Nashville. Liz Cooper and The Stampede is leading the rock pack in Tennessee right now.

World Cafe Nashville: Liz Cooper & The Stampede

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Nick Lowe And Los Straitjackets On World Cafe

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Los Straitjackets has been backing Lowe for the last few years of touring, so it was only natural that he and the band would record together for this session.

Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets On World Cafe

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