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Erika Wennerstrom On World Cafe

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The Heartless Bastards front woman details her experience on a trip through the Amazon and how it informed the art she made on her latest solo album, Sweet Unknown.

Erika Wennerstrom On World Cafe

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Superorganism On World Cafe

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The eight-piece group deliver fantastic gems of indie pop that are never too clever for their own good.

Superorganism On World Cafe

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Squirrel Nut Zippers On World Cafe

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The band just released Beasts of Burgundy, its first new album of original material in 18 years. If you don't like funk, now would be the time to move on to another session.

Squirrel Nut Zippers On World Cafe

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Field Report On World Cafe

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Frontman Chris Porterfield shares stories and performs songs from Field Report's new album, Summertime Songs.

Field Report On World Cafe

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Laura Veirs On 'The Lookout' And Embracing Limits

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Veirs performs songs from The Lookout, for which she originally wrote over 100 songs, and explains how a set of creative constraints helped her arrive at its gauzy new sound.

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Dom Flemons

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Flemons' latest work, Black Cowboys, explodes the stereotypes that have dominated one of America's founding mythologies and opens up the frontier for all to claim.

Dom Flemons On World Cafe

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Kyle Craft On World Cafe

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There's few people who enjoy telling a story as much as Kyle Craft and the rocker has plenty of inventory to keep you engaged.

Kyle Craft On World Cafe

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Courtney Marie Andrews On World Cafe

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Now here's something you don't hear every day: a young person who makes a record about the value of kindness and compassion.

Courney Marie Andrews On World Cafe

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A Change Of Pace For Detroit's Anna Burch

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Hear a performance of songs from the singer-songwriter's debut Quit The Curse recorded live for WXPN's Indie Rock Hit Parade.

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10 Standout World Cafe Sessions Of 2018...So Far

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Some say the glass of 2018 is one-quarter empty; others say it's three-quarters full. We say, "Wow, we've had some incredible artists perform in 2018."

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Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

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The incredibly talented producer and musician calls on the likes of Lana Del Rey and Conor Oberst for his latest album Rare Birds. Hear a live performance in this session.

Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

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Cecil Taylor On Piano Jazz

Cecil Taylor encompasses a never-ending range of sound and emotion. Hear an archival session with Marian McPartland from 1994.

Cecil Taylor On Piano Jazz

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Hailu Mergia On World Cafe

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A record shop discovery led to the rebirth of Hailu's career, which includes his latest album called Lala Belu.

Hailu Mergia On World Cafe

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Haley Heynderickx Debuts A Beguiling 'Simple Song'

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Watch the Portland singer-songwriter perform a new song inside WXPN's World Cafe studios in Philadelphia.

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Brett Dennen On World Cafe

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It's hard not to smile when watching Brett Dennen do his thing. Get a look inside his live World Cafe performance of tunes from his latest EP, 'Let's....

Brett Dennen on World Cafe

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats On World Cafe

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Hear a live studio performance from the platinum-selling band, whose generosity onstage makes the music business seem like the service industry.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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