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Leon Bridges On World Cafe

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Although Leon Bridges didn't perform live songs with a band for this session, he required no special prodding to croon a capella during our chat.

Leon Bridges On World Cafe

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Dawn Landes On World Cafe

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Landes' voice and songwriting sound like such a seamless fit for classic Nashville.

Dawn Landes On World Cafe

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Ry Cooder On World Cafe

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Cooder and his band re-imagine some of those classic blues and gospel songs he loved as boy. He discusses how his latest album 'Prodigal Son' is ultimately about reverence.

Ry Cooder On World Cafe

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Wayne Kramer On World Cafe

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As an innovator of punk 10 years before the genre had a name, Wayne Kramer has seen some things. His new autobiography is no fairy tale, though there is something magical about it.

Wayne Kramer On World Cafe

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Matt Mays On World Cafe

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Leave it to Mays to infuse a daytime studio visit with the spirit of a super sweaty, late night at your favorite dive bar.

Matt Mays On World Cafe

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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 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 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 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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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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