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An Andrew Bird's-Eye View Of His Latest Album

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The indie rock artist zooms way out on humanity across history's timeline, seeking insight about our current age with his latest album My Finest Work Yet.

Andrew Bird On World Cafe

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Robert Ellis Twists The Clichés Of The Traditional Saloon Player

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Ellis has embraced his dangerous side to a deliciously fun effect with his latest project, Texas Piano Man.

Robert Ellis On World Cafe

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The Chieftains Shares Sounds Of Ireland With The World

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Spend your St. Patrick's Day feeling like your having a pint surrounded by friends and family as we visit the six-time Grammy-winning band in Dublin.

The Chieftains On World Cafe

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Laoise Has An Ear For Sweet Synthesizers

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A chat with the Irish up-and-comer inside Whelan's of Wexford Avenue, one of Dublin's most famous pubs and music venues.

Laoise On World Cafe

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Pillows Queens Makes Spirited Pop Punk

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The Dublin four-piece band sings clever lyrics in loud and proud Irish accents.

Pillow Queens On World Cafe

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Loah's Worldly And Winding Musical Path

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Hear a chat and performance from World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Dublin with Loah, recorded live at the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios.

Loah On World Cafe

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David Keenan, A Young Singer With An Old Poet's Soul

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During World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Dublin, we grab a seat by the water to hear the Irish singer-songwriter perform gorgeous songs on acoustic guitar.

David Keenan on World Cafe

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Jealous of the Birds Uses A Love Of Language To Craft Songs With Great Effect

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Naomi Hamilton, who makes music as Jealous of the Birds, slices up genres and creates songs that sound homemade and tiny, explosive and bombastic.

Jealous Of The Birds

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Amanda Palmer's Songs Ring Out With Urgency And Compassion, Fury And Love

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Palmer's latest album, There Will Be No Intermission, may be her sharpest blow yet.

Amanda Palmer On World Cafe

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Tenille Townes Captures The Complexities Of The Heartland With Passion And Empathy

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Townes started making music as a teenager and rose in Canada's flourishing country scene before moving to Nashville at 19.

Tenille Townes On World Cafe

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Maggie Rogers On Her Own Terms

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In her World Cafe session, the young singer-songwriter takes the opportunity to reintroduce herself on her own terms, with creative force and an abundance of joy.

Maggie Rogers On World Cafe

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David Gray Makes Music In Technicolor

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Gray's voice still sounds as glorious, distinct and beautiful as it did when he broke through the mainstream with 1998's White Ladder.

David Gray On World Cafe

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Welcome To Planet Kamasi Washington

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The rules of musical gravity don't apply for the spirited saxophonist, composer and producer.

Kamasi Washington On World Cafe

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Gary Clark Jr. Shows Impressive Musical Range On 'This Land'

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The Austin native's latest album This Land incorporates punk, soul and even hip-hop.

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

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From The Lumineers To 'Rattlesnake' Kate, Neyla Pekarek Goes Solo

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The Lumineers cellist left the band this past fall. In January, she officially struck out on her own with a solo album, Rattlesnake.

Neyla Pekarek On World Cafe

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More Than 50 Years In, Mavis Staples Is Still Delivering Messages Of Hope And Justice

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She's a political activist and a rock star. In this session, hear lots of music and legendary stories from Mavis Staples.

Mavis Staples On World Cafe

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LA's Paisley Underground Scene Reunites With New Album

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Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn, The Three O'Clock's Danny Benair and The Bangles' Vicki Peterson share stories and songs from their new collab album, 3 x 4.

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Macy Gray Has An Honest Optimism

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Ruby, Macy Gray's latest album, brings many similarities to her sophomore release, The Id. It's funny and funky, never saccharine, always uplifting.

Macy Gray On World Cafe

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Adia Victoria Captures The Spirits Of The Blues In A Simple Phrase: Black Genius

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Her songs are poetic and political, steeped in both punk and cabaret, and sung in a voice that blends Eartha Kitt's cool with Nina Simone's fury.

Adia Victoria On World Cafe

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Listening For The Future During Black History Month

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Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste, New Yorker writer Briana Younger and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael join World Cafe for a spirited conversation on the black creators shaping the future of music.

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J.S. Ondara's Sound Is Extraordinary And His Story Is Even Better

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Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya with big dreams of becoming a musician in the U.S. Hear a studio performance of songs from his debut album, Tales Of America.

J.S. Ondara On World Cafe

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