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Parisian artist Bibi Tanga and his Selenites recently performed on WNYC's Soundcheck. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bibi Tanga And The Selenites: Afro-Parisian Flair

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WNYC's John Schaefer doesn't normally book bands on Soundcheck based on their MySpace pages. Thankfully, he took a chance with Tanga, a Paris-based son of a Central African Republic diplomat. Hear Tanga and his group perform three funky Afro-pop songs.

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Barenaked Ladies On World Cafe

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The Canadian rock band bares all with a totally revamped style on its latest album. Looks like longtime fans will be more than satisfied after the wait. Hear the band perform new songs from the album (as well as some old ones), live in Philadelphia.

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Chatham County Line On World Cafe

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The band's new album merges first-class picking with pithy songwriting, not to mention some banjo, fiddle and mandolin. Hear the quartet perform songs from the album and chat about the group's new status as an artist enclave.

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The Mynabirds, led by Laura Burhenn (second from right), stopped by the KEXP studios in Seattle for a studio session. Renata Steiner hide caption

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The Mynabirds: Dusty In Omaha

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Laura Burhenn was part of the Washington, D.C. indie-pop duo Georgie James before relocating west. The move suited the shift in her own music, which was drawing more from country and soul music. KEXP's Cheryl Waters felt a strong Dusty Springfield when The Mynabirds visited the station.

The Mynabirds In Studio at KEXP, 07/15/2010

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Tired Pony is the brainchild of Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody (left) and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tired Pony On World Cafe

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The new supergroup led by Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody includes members of R.E.M. and Belle and Sebastian. The band's debut album, The Place We Ran From, even features Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Listen to an interview with Lightbody and Peter Buck and hear tracks from a performance in London.

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Helen Merrill On Piano Jazz

The vocalist got her start singing with Earl Hines and recorded with Clifford Brown. On this 1995 session, Merrill is joined by Marian McPartland for duets on "Home on the Range" and "Don't Explain."

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J. Roddy Walston And The Business On World Cafe

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Following the release of Hail Mega Boys in 2007, the infectiously rugged southern rock 'n' roll quartet emerges with a celebratory self-titled album. Hear the band play songs from the record live and discuss an art project that involved playing pianos all over Manhattan.

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Sarah Harmer: Back From The Wilderness

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The Canadian folk-pop singer has spent the last five years preoccupied with preserving her Ontario forests. Recently, she finally found some time to record her first album since 2005. Harmer visits WFUV in New York City to perform songs from Oh, Little Fire.

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti On World Cafe

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As the first signee to Animal Collective's new label, Paw Tracks, the eccentric pop-surrealist began his career with a cult following. Now with a new album out on 4AD, he's breaking into the mainstream. Here, we get a taste of his hard-to-describe grooves in a live studio session.

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Court Yard Hounds On World Cafe

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Emily Robison and Marty Marie of the venerable female country trio Dixie Chicks break away to release a new record under a new name. Here, their emotional songwriting, Americana aesthetics and pop undertones prove they're a country force in their own right.

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Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: Odd Charm

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl specialize in an intoxicating blend of avant-garde and pop sounds. Listen to live performances of songs from the duo's upcoming album, as well as an incredible interview with Spinning on Air host David Garland.

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Heart On World Cafe

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After a six-year hiatus, rock's most famous sisters prep their return to the limelight with a new album. Hear Ann and Nancy Wilson perform hits that made the group popular, as well as new songs from their upcoming album, Red Velvet Car.

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Joan Stiles On Piano Jazz

Pianist Joan Stiles is known for her brilliant playing, painted by a deep understanding of the roots of jazz. As a full-time educator, Stiles has been presenting the music of Mary Lou Williams for the past decade. She also knows how to swing on a Monk tune or two.

Joan Stiles In Studio On Piano Jazz 12/15/09

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Los Lobos On World Cafe

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The rock 'n' roll veterans recently released their 13th album, Tin Can Trust. Listen to the band perform live songs from the record and speak with host David Dye.

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Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero

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The burly Crescent City musician visits WFUV in New York for a studio session and conversation with host Claudia Marshall.

Anders Osborne: New Orleans' Guitar Hero

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