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World Cafe Inaugurates NPR’s Studio A With Performance From The Tedeschi Truck Band

October 17, 2013 - Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation join us for an outstanding session today.
LA’s Dawes Come Down From Laurel Canyon On New Album

May 20, 2013 - Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Dawes, writes heartfelt first-person songs somewhat in the style of his So Cal Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview today with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun he tells about the inspiration on many of the new songs on Stories Don't End.
Best of: How A Broken Leg, A 1930’s Graphic Novel And A New Studio All Lead To Jim James’ "Regions Of Light and Sound Of God"

December 30, 2013 - There have been albums under the name Yim Yames and projects with the New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk but Regions Of Light and Sound of God is the first bearing Jim James’ own name.
Best of: Nick Cave On Push The Sky Away And Excerpts From Berlin Concert

December 30, 2013 - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are back, minus founding member Mick Harvey on guitar, with "Push The Sky Away." We are going to hear live performances recorded in Berlin this past February. The elegant yet emotive performer sounds great.
Best of: Neko Case: A Stunning Performance And Answers Big And Small

December 27,2013 - The songs on Neko Case’s new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You continues the alt-everything singer’s convoluted yet still deft use of language in songs that are incredibly melodic.
Best of: Sense Of Place Detroit An Indepth View With Guitarist/Intellectual Wayne Kramer Of The MC5

December 27, 2013 - If we are going to get any Sense of Detroit’s place in rock history, the whys and whos, it is from our guest today, Wayne Kramer.
Best of: A Full Hour With Graham Nash Telling His Life Story

December 26, 2013 - Graham Nash is an entrancing story-teller. His new autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life, takes him from growing up poor in Manchester, England through a life of harmonizing and playing with two groups in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Best of: Tom Jones Sings Blues Gospel and Leonard Cohen on New Album

December 26, 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.
Hmm, What If The Beatles Made A Christmas Album? It Might Sound Like The Fab Four

December 24, 2013 - We have a special holiday visit from The Fab Four. Not The Beatles, mind you, but a California based band of very serious Beatles impersonators. The Fab Four’s shows take in all eras of the Beatles from mop-tops to Sgt Pepper and beyond. This year they released Hark! (you know, like Help!) which features their mash-ups of Christmas classics and Beatles faves. We’ll play some of their creations from Hark! and they will join us in the studio to show us how it was done.
Don’t Call Him St. Nick! It’s A Nick Lowe Christmas!

Our holiday guest today, Nick Lowe, has been making records since the 1970's. First with pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz and then he made his name at Stiff Records as a producer and artist. His song "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding” was a huge hit for Elvis Costello and recorded by many others. In the 1990s he went through a life style change and began recording in a distinct new style different than the power pop of his earlier discs. He has developed a whole new following for his sly, adult, country tinged records. His new Xmas record Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family fits that category. We’ll hear the songs live and find out how Nick Lowe got the Christmas spirit.

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