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Emily Haines On World Cafe

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Metric's lead singer drops the wailing guitars and radical synths for a solo performance behind the piano.

Emily Haines On World Cafe

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Rag'n'Bone Man On World Cafe

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When Rory Graham was 19 or 20 years old, he sang in public for the first time. And he didn't really think there was anything special about his voice. Turns out the world disagrees.

Rag 'N' Bone Man On World Cafe

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JD McPherson On World Cafe

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The Oklahoman who made retro rock sound modern with "North Side Gal" is back with a new album and home base in Nashville.

JD McPherson On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Penny & Sparrow

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Kyle Jahnke and Andy Baxter are pin-drop performers — the kind which silence rooms with impeccable songs and storytelling that unfolds like a dream.

World Cafe Nashville: Penny & Sparrow

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Beegie Adair On Piano Jazz

Hear the Nashville pianist play an original tune she wrote for a friend's Christmas present and join host Marian McPartland for a duet on this 1991 episode.

Beegie Adair On Piano Jazz

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Xylouris White On World Cafe

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What do you get when you cross an Australian post-punk drummer with a lute player who is the descendant of Greek musical royalty?

Xylouris White On World Cafe

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Latin Roots: Combo Chimbita

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Cumbia — but psychedelic, trippy and downright freaky, with an inventive combination of rhythms and sounds from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Latin Roots: Combo Chimbita

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Bette Smith On World Cafe

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A singer tells a true story about becoming the person you really want to be.

Bette Smith On World Cafe

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Bootsy Collins On World Cafe

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Bootsy in the house, baby! The great bassist performs tunes from World Wide Funk, his first album in six years.

Bootsy Collins On World Cafe

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Luna On World Cafe

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Any fan of Luna's dreamy, moody sound was secretly hoping the band would undo its break-up back in 2004. Now it's back, and performs live in the Cafe Studio.

Luna On World Cafe

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Sessions From 10 Grammy-Nominated World Cafe Guests

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Listen back to sessions from ten nominees who have come through our doors this year.

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Lindsey Buckingham And Christine McVie On World Cafe

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A new Fleetwood Mac spinoff performs songs from a new self-titled duo album.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Emily West

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She's been a runner-up on America's Got Talent and a mainstream country singer. Her latest music casts her as a modern-day Doris Day — but more knowing and sharp — in classic pop settings.

World Cafe Nashville: Emily West

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Jade Bird On World Cafe

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The London-based 20-year-old singer-songwriter performs live in the studio, including her version of Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere."

Jade Bird On World Cafe

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Dhani Harrison On World Cafe

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The son of the late Beatle performs songs from his solo debut and talks about celebrating his father's legacy while embodying his own voice.

Dhani Harrison On World Cafe

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Live On Our Favorite Performances Of 2017

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We've assembled two full hours of World Cafe moments from the past year that made us go "whoa."

Live On World Cafe: Our Favorite Performances of 2017

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Jack Johnson On World Cafe

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In between performing songs from his latest album All The Light Above It Too, he discusses some of his passions with host Talia Schlanger.

Jack Johnson On World Cafe

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Beck On World Cafe

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Hear new tunes and old stories from the past two decades of the pop star's career.

Beck On World Cafe

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