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Herb Alpert On World Cafe

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The decorated jazz veteran, now 79, sounds younger than ever on his new album, In The Mood.

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

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Trigger Hippy On World Cafe

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The supergroup, featuring Joan Osborne and members of Black Crowes, performs songs from its album.

Trigger Hippy On World Cafe

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World Cafe Next: Israel Nash

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Though rooted in straight Americana, Rain Plans also references the psychedelic side of Neil Young.

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Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. He brings this special ability to "Sometimes I'm Happy" in 1998 session.

Freddy Cole In The Studio

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Spoon On World Cafe

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The Austin band performs songs from They Want My Soul, which finds Spoon revitalized after a hiatus.

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SOJA On World Cafe

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The eight-piece Virginia reggae band performs uplifting songs from Amid The Noise And Haste.

SOJA On World Cafe

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Avi Buffalo, 'So What' (Live)

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The indie-pop band performs "So What" from At Best Cuckold, the bold follow-up to a debut album released while Avi Buffalo's members were still in high school.

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Caroline Rose On World Cafe

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The roving singer-songwriter plays songs from her new album at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Caroline Rose On World Cafe

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Sturgill Simpson On World Cafe

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Hear the 2014 Americana Awards' Emerging Artist of the Year play at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Sturgill Simpson On World Cafe

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alt-J On World Cafe

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Hear songs from the Mercury Prize-winning British band's new album, This Is All Yours.

alt-J On World Cafe

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Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

It's rare to have three great pianists at three pianos in one studio. Charlap and Rosnes join host Marian McPartland in this 2008 session for a trio of "You and the Night and the Music."

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes In The Studio

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Little Dragon, 'Klapp Klapp' (Live)

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Watch the Swedish pop group perform its single "Klapp Klapp" live for Morning Becomes Eclectic.