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Forro In The Dark - Building On The Sound of Brazil’s Northeast

July 17 - Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a triangle, an accordion and a bass-like drum called a zabumba.
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From The Favelas, A Beautiful New Voice

July 17, 2013 - The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets.
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Raised in Rio and New York City Can Sylvio Fraga Call Himself a Carioca?

July 17, 213 - Songwriter Sylvio Fraga joins us today singing with his Trio. His music definitely has samba underneath but also a hefty dose of American singer-songwriters.
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"Talking About All The Styles of Samba Is Like Talking About All The Styles of Rock!"

July 16, 2013 - Our guest today Alex Shaw directs the Philadelphia band Alo Brasil. The group manages to synthesize all the various types of samba for American audiences. They are very busy around carnival time in February.
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The Roots of Samba Live

July 16, 2013 - The first stop on our World Cafe Sense of Place trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of city of Salvador on the country’s northeast coast. Hoping to get a sense of the roots of the samba, the backbone of Brazilian music, we captured a performance there from one of the most thrilling groups ever on the Cafe.
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Following Global Smash Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix French Band Goes Bankrupt!

August 12, 2013 - Years ago the French were the most maligned of the globe’s pop music makers, turning out nothing original.
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From Punk Beginnings To Folk - Frank Turner’s Music Inspires Fanatical Following

August 29, 2013 - The music biz word is that singer-songwriter Frank Turner is “too British” to catch on in the States.
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The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, Makes The Most of His Late In Life Shot

Soul man Charles Bradley always knew he could sing. His fellow members of The Job Corps told him, everybody throughout his life let him know. He just never got the shot, shuttling from one odd job to another.
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Oklahoma’s Broncho Combines Punk And Alternative For Big Fun

July 9, 2013 - Listening to Broncho’s debut album Can’t Get Past The Lips you are reminded as much of The Ramones as you are of Weezer. This is a fun aggressive pop band that straddles the line between punk and pop.
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What Did Danger Mouse Do For Portugal. The Man?

July 5, 2013 - Portugal. The Man are a shape-shifting indie-rock band originally from Wasilla, Alaska. Led by vocalist John Gourley, the band went the indie route entirely until they were signed by Atlantic records before their last album.
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Is Duane Allman The Greatest Slide Guitarist Ever?

July 4, 2013 - Certainly fans of current Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks might put up an argument, but there is ample evidence on the new box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective to support believers in the talent of the guitarist who died at the age of 24 in 1971.
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live Among The Bikes At The Harley-Davidson Museum

July 4, 2013 - A special stripped-down session today from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The band, performing today as a trio, has been together since the 90’s.
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Bobby McFerrin Inspired By His Father’s 1955 Recording On New Album Of Spirituals

July 29, 2013 - Supple-voiced, body-tapping, usually acappella singer Bobby McFerrin has a band with him today to play the music of his new album Spirityouall. The creator of the ubiquitous 1988 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was inspired to make the album by his father Robert McFerrin’s similar album of spirituals called Deep River.
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Christopher Owens Of Girls: His Solo Album Lysandre Is “A Coming Of Age Story Mixed With Romance”

July 2, 2013 - Christopher Owens who recorded two albums with JR White as Girls has released his first solo album Lysandre. It’s a very personal revealing album and so is his conversation today with The Cafe’s Michaela Majoun.
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Exquisite Live Performances from Sam Beam and Iron & Wine

June 28, 2013 - The new Iron & Wine album "Ghost on Ghost" is the latest in the more full band releases from Sam Beam that started with "The Shepherd’s Dog."
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Tom Jones Sings Blues Gospel and Leonard Cohen on New Album

June 27, 2013 - The greatest singer Wales has ever produced, Tom Jones, has a new album called "Spirit In The Room." It is his second working with Ethan Johns.
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British Singer Laura Mvula’s Conservatory Training Leads To Her Unique Orchestral-Pop Sound

August 26, 2013 - Birmingham based singer Laura Mvula was on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 after releasing just her debut "She" EP last year.
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So, What Has Michael Nesmith Done Post Monkees?

June 25, 2013 - A lot. Today we talk with the tall wooly-hat wearing Monkee Michael Nesmith about his post Monkee career.
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Find Out How KT Tunstall’s Life Intervened Between The Two Sides Of Her New Album

August 5, 2013 - Scottish Singer-Songwriter KT Tunstall travelled to Howe Gelb’s studio in Arizona in the Spring of 2012 to make "Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon."
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José James Challenges Himself With New Album "No Beginning, No End"

June 13, 2013 - José James is originally from Minneapolis and began chasing his jazz vocalist muse at a young age.
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"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" Combines Talents of Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett

June 12, 2013 - Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett’s collaboration on the musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" began 13 years ago.
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Low Cut Connie Bring Their Own Upright Piano And Dive Bar Esthetic

June 11, 2013 - Low Cut Connie are a band based in Philadelphia fronted by piano player Adam Weiner.
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Ireland’s Villagers Back With A New Vision on "Awayland"

June 6, 2013 - Dublin based singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien records under the band-name Villagers.
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Patty Griffin Is Inspired By Her Father’s Passing on "American Kid"

July 8, 3013 - It’s a middle age milestone, dealing with a parents death. Grammy-winning songwriter Patty Griffin turns the experience into songwriting gold on her new album American Kid.
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Parquet Courts Work Really Hard To Sound Like They Don’t!

August 28, 2013 - The nonchalant raw riffage and the perfect off the cuff lyrics. Those are the things that attracted me to Light Up Gold the second full length album from the Brooklyn based band Parquet Courts.
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