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World Cafe
1:26 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Alt-J On World Cafe

Jory Cordy

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 2:26 pm

Alt-J (stylized as ∆) may be the most successful new British band of 2012 — a favorite to win the Mercury Music Prize in November and a Top 20 chart phenomenon in the U.K. The group, which chose its name from the mathematical symbol for change, made a splash with its debut album, An Awesome Wave, which came out in September. The record mixes upbeat indie rock and brooding synths with vocals that sound like no one else's in music today.

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World Cafe
4:19 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Next: The Great American Canyon Band

The Great American Canyon Band.
Connie Ward Courtesy of the artist

The Great American Canyon Band is a Baltimore indie-folk act featuring husband-and-wife duo Paul and Krystal Jean Masson. The pair's first single, "Tumbleweed," is a lovely, dreamy piece of countrified rock, destined for road trips. The rest of the self-titled EP came out in May, and an additional track, "Young Lady," was released on Sept. 5; it's available for download here.

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World Cafe
11:25 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Patterson Hood On World Cafe

Patterson Hood.
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Southern rhythms have always been in Patterson Hood's blood. Born in Alabama as the son of David Hood, a bassist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, young Patterson started writing songs at age 8.

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World Cafe
5:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Grizzly Bear On World Cafe

Grizzly Bear.
Tom Hines

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 4:46 pm

Grizzly Bear began in 2004 as a bedroom project for Ed Droste. By 2006, Droste had a full band alongside him: Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and Chris Taylor. They released Yellow House the same year, but it was 2009's Veckatimest that propelled the group to worldwide fame.

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Rodriguez On World Cafe

Rodriguez.
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Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 7:59 am

Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez has finally found the fame that had eluded him for more than four decades. In the early '70s, he achieved cult status in South Africa, while at home, he remained virtually unknown. His public obscurity sparked rumors that he'd killed himself, but while he was alive and well, he'd retreated from music, earning a philosophy degree while working as a demolition man.

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World Cafe
5:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Latin Roots: Ranchera

Chavela Vargas was especially known for her rendition of Mexican ranchera.
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Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 5:08 pm

As part of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Felix Contreras from NPR's Alt.Latino explores the ranchera. We'll hear old and new examples of this Mexican narrative form.

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World Cafe
1:28 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Janka Nabay And The Bubu Gang On World Cafe

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.
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Ahmed Janka Nabay was one of the first musicians to take 500-year-old bubu music outside of his homeland of Sierra Leone, where he'd been a rock star. Nabay was forced to flee the country in the midst of that country's civil war, and eventually wound up in Philadelphia in 2003. Nine years later, Nabay's band has released its first album, En Yay Sah, which blends bubu and electronic dance music.

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World Cafe
3:05 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Dwight Yoakam On World Cafe

Dwight Yoakam.
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Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 4:06 pm

Country-music singer-songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam blends several genres on his first album in five years, 3 Pears. Released last month, 3 Pears is full of surprises, jumping from Motown and soul to light pop and no-frills rock 'n' roll. Beck produced two of its tracks, while Kid Rock co-wrote the catchy lead single "Take Hold of My Hand."

In this World Cafe session, Yoakam performs four tracks from 3 Pears and sits down for a lengthy and at times emotional interview with host David Dye.

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Next: Allah-Las

Allah-Las.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:54 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from Allah-Las

The vintage sounds of Allah-Las combine the harmonies and hooks of the British Invasion with the atmosphere of a West Coast psychedelic band. Three of the group's four members met while working at the legendary record store Amoeba, where they discovered a mutual love for '60s rock and the beach.

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World Cafe
11:35 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Animal Collective On World Cafe

Animal Collective.
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The members of the inventive, experimental rock band Animal Collective first met in school in Baltimore County, Md. After collaborating throughout high school and college, they released their debut album as a group, Here Comes the Indian, in 2003. More studio albums followed, including the 2009 breakout Merriweather Post Pavilion.

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