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Another Sky performs at London's Omeara, recorded live for World Cafe. James Boardman/Communion Presents hide caption

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Another Sky Gets Under Your Skin

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From its pulsing electronic backbone to its wild arrangements to the voice of lead singer Catrin Vincent, going to see Another Sky live is an immersive experience.

Another Sky On World Cafe

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The Amazons performing live at Omeara in London, recorded live for World Cafe. James Boardman/Communion Presents hide caption

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The Amazons Embodies The Classic Spirit Of Rock and Roll

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The members of this Reading, Berkshire four-piece have gone from sneaking CDs into the bags of unsuspecting customers while working their day jobs to headlining tours across Europe.

The Amazons On World Cafe

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Nile Rodgers speaks onstage during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas. The soul and disco legend spoke with World Cafe host Talia Schlanger while in London. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Nile Rodgers On Writing Smash Hits And Reworking David Bowie's 'Let's Dance'

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Hear a very rare demo of the first time David Bowie ever sang the title track to his 15th studio album after Rodgers rearranged it.

Nile Rodgers On World Cafe

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Ibibio Sound Machine performing in the Pool Recording Studio in London Kimberly Junod/WXPN hide caption

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Ibibio Sound Machine Takes Us Around The World Without Leaving London

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British-born singer Eno Williams grew up in Nigeria, but fuses the language of her roots with the musical roots of her bandmates, who hail from Ghana, Trinidad, Australia and Brazil.

Ibibio Sound Machine On World Cafe

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Do London's Sea Girls Have The 'Hottest Record In The World'?

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A Sense Of Place trip to London lands World Cafe inside The Pool Recording Studio for a live session with Sea Girls.

Sea Girls On World Cafe

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Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi (left, credit: Karen Cox), King Princess (top right, credit: Gabriela Barbieri), Cage The Elephant (bottom right, credit: Gabriela Barbieri ) Courtesy of the artists / WXPN hide caption

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World Cafe Encore Week: Revisiting Studio Sessions Of 2019

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Hear sessions with King Princess, Cage The Elephant, Rhiannon Giddens and Karl Denson.

Kark Denson On World Cafe

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T Bone Burnett On Producing Legends And Singing His Own Tunes

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The record producer has collected some of his thoughts on an album called The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space, his first new solo work in 11 years.

T Bone Burnett On World Cafe

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How A Skateboard Accident Changed The Shape Of Beirut's Latest Record

Band leader Zach Condon explains how a simple skateboard trick resulted in a new recording location and different set of songs on Gallipoli.

Beirut On World Cafe

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Shovels & Rope inside the World Cafe Performance Studio Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Shovels & Rope Celebrates A New Album, New Baby, A New Book And A Festival

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By Blood is the latest album from the duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst and it resonates out into all of their work.

Shovels & Rope On World Cafe

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Pure Bathing Culture performing live for a WXPN Free At Noon Concert, recorded live for this World Cafe Session. Emily DeHart/WXPN hide caption

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Pure Bathing Culture Overcomes Adversity On 'Night Pass'

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The Portland band was dropped from its label, lost its support team and responded with arguably its strongest work yet.

Pure Bathing Culture On World Cafe

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Susto Winks At The Notion Of Losing His Mind

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Susto's Ever Since I Lost My Mind is as much about his family relationship as it is about his use of psychedelics.

Susto On World Cafe

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Calexico And Iron & Wine, A Collaboration Renewed

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Years to Burn is a beautiful slow-burn of an album that often feels at ease, and occasionally doesn't resemble either of the bands that made it.

Calexico and Iron & Wine On World Cafe

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Tim Baker's Big-Hearted Solo Debut

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For more than a decade, he led the beloved Canadian band Hey Rosetta! Then they decided to take an indefinite hiatus.

Tim Baker On World Cafe

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Perry Farrell Talks Motivation For 'Kind Heaven'

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The charismatic singer has been as successful onstage as he has off, from Lollapalooza to Jane's Addiction.

Perry Ferrell On World Cafe

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