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One of New Orleans musical gems, The Stooges Brass Band, headlines KSUT and Music in the Mountains annual Party in the Park this Saturday (7/16) in Durango's Buckley Park. As a warm-up, KSUT will feature their new CD 'Thursday Night House Party' this Friday at noon.

Whether they're second-lining in New Orleans, or performing across the country, the Stooges Brass Band immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that's contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of the Crescent City.

Tracing the origins of Columbus, Ohio's Connections would take you back to the mid-late '90s, when singer Kevin Elliott and guitarist Andy Hampel were out of high school and in a band called 84 Nash. The only band signed to the Rockathon label despite having no formal relationship to owner Robert Pollard's better-established pursuit (behind the mic with Guided by Voices), 84 Nash got to tour extensively with its benefactors.

Jane Bunnett knows a few things about Cuban music. She and her husband, trumpeter Larry Kramer, have been traveling to the island from their home base of Toronto for more than 30 years. They've collaborated with musicians there, as well as back home in Canada and on tours around the globe.

This week, World Cafe rebroadcasts some of its best sessions from the last several months. Listen in for some conversations and performances that garnered a lot of interest when they originally aired. You'll hear from up-and-comers, such as the gritty blues-rock trio The Record Company, as well as veteran musicians like Lucinda Williams.

SubRosa's music is a ravaging deluge of the heart. The Salt Lake City metal band draws no line between beauty and doom, as crushing riffs and a sweeping duo of violins weave in and out of guitarist Rebecca Vernon's thoughtful meditations on love and death.

When musicians Nick Walusko and Darian Sahanaja first met in Los Angeles back in 1983, they immediately bonded over their shared passions: movies, sci-fi and the mysteries of 1960s pop. The two spent countless hours poring over records by bands like Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas and The Beach Boys, "just taking apart music and figuring out how all the parts work together," Walusko recalls.

Frightened Rabbit On World Cafe

Jul 8, 2016

Upon hearing Frightened Rabbit's 2008 album Midnight Organ Fight, it was easy to fall in love with songwriter and lead singer Scott Hutchison's self-deprecating everyman persona. Still, the U.S. hadn't fully embraced the Glasgow band until its most recent album, Painting Of A Panic Attack, released earlier this year.

At first it was simply the voice that shook me. I was in Austin, Texas, during SXSW, and my buddy Sean Moeller of Daytrotter told me he was recording a new favorite band and I should come by. The house/makeshift studio on Austin's East Side was saturated with the alluring voice of Natalie Carol and her solid yet rattling Neil Young-ish band. That was my introduction to Valley Queen, and I've seen them shake the walls at a few venues around the country now, one of which was here at NPR.

In Colombia, Preserving Songs That Tell Stories

Jul 7, 2016

Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez once said that One Hundred Years of Solitude was a 400-page Vallenato: a traditional music of Colombia's Caribbean coast. The songs are mini-epics, filled with local characters and poetry. It's a style that stretches back 200 years and is still thriving today.

Author Bob Mehr has written the biography of The Replacements that fans have been awaiting for a long time. For Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements, he talked with band members, insiders and family members and got the whole story of the Minneapolis band whose disastrous, drunken shows are almost as revered as the transcendent ones.

Seratones On World Cafe

Jul 7, 2016

Shreveport, La.'s Seratones are proof that the governing spirit of punk rock is alive and well in the 21st century. Lead singer A. J. Haynes says that she'd been struggling to sound like Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz vocalists before she met up with the musicians who became Seratones. With them, she found to her great joy that blues-infused punk came much more naturally. Hear the band, which released its debut album in May, perform live in the World Cafe studio.

Love songs should be weird. Not that there's anything wrong with anthems that grab everyone's hearts in racing thump-thump-thumps (sup, RiRi), but more love songs ought to burst and break, fold and fall apart, move at an impossibly slow pace or -- gulp — not move at all. Warehouse set out to make a simple love song, but as "Reservoir" came together, the Atlanta rock band fell into love's contradictions and pulled out a tangled, jangled mess.

A number of musicians, including Beyoncé, Neko Case, Björk, Jack White and many more have been asking fans to shut off their phones at live shows for years. But just asking fans may not be enough. Last week Apple was granted a patent on technology that would use infrared signals to forcibly disable cell phone cameras at specific locations, ie. concert venues and theaters.

First Watch: Mal Blum, 'Reality TV'

Jul 7, 2016

Expanding, questioning, digging, changing every tactic: These are all elements of the creative process that's led to the uplifting music on Local Natives' new album Sunlight Youth.

It's often a challenge to find enough inspiration to get out of bed in the morning, let alone try to craft any kind of lasting creative expression. So it's hard to fathom what it's like for guitarist Jeff Beck to go to the well for more than 50 years and still achieve something creative. But he's been able to accomplish just that on his new album, Loud Hailer.

Over the last 10 years, 1970s funk icon Betty Davis has enjoyed a renaissance of rediscovery. Her music has been lavishly reissued and anthologized, but for years the holy grail was a collection of songs she recorded for Columbia Records in the late '60s, several of which her then-husband, Miles Davis, helped to produce. For decades, no one could hear those songs — until now. The Columbia Years 1968-1969 captures an artist beginning to assert her own voice.

Heron Oblivion On World Cafe

Jul 6, 2016

Heron Oblivion, which released its self-titled debut album in March, unites former members of loud psychedelic bands from the San Francisco Bay area (Comets On Fire, Sic Alps) with drummer and singer Meg Baird, who comes from an East Coast folk background.

The pioneering British funk and soul band Cymande hasn't toured the U.S. in 40 years, but its music has lived on through samples used by bands like De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan and The Fugees. For a recent episode of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, we were thrilled to get six of the original members back in the studio for this performance of "Bra."

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Is there anything that says "summer" better than ice cream? Well, beer maybe. And hot dogs. And baseball and barbecue and beach parties. Okay, lots of things say "summer," but we're getting sidetracked. July is National Ice Cream Month so that's what we're interested in here: Ice cream ... and music.

From its mesmerizing ebb and flow and the purity of the choristers' blend alone, you'd be forgiven for thinking this might be one of Henryk Górecki's many sacred choral works. There's a palpable air of serenity and reflection. But instead, it's a song about a little pony and a blue-eyed girl.

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