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World Cafe
4:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5 Rising Stars Of 2013

David Dye picked Parquet Courts (pictured) as one of his five favorite World Cafe: Next acts of the year.
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  • World Cafe Next: David Dye's Top 5

Every week this year, World Cafe host David Dye has highlighted an up-and-coming artist to showcase as a part of the Next series. To wrap up the last full week of 2013, he recently picked five acts he felt were particularly special:

  • Parquet Courts released an album and an EP this year; the band's shambolic, punk-influenced attitude caught the attention of many rock 'n' roll fans.
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World Cafe
11:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Dave Matthews Band On World Cafe

Dave Matthews Band.
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Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 12:27 pm

This week's Vintage Cafe takes us back nearly two decades: In December 1994, a then-up-and-coming Dave Matthews Band climbed the stairs to WXPN's tiny third-floor studio and played a reflective but enthusiastic live set. At the time of this recording, the band had just released Under the Table and Dreaming and was already on its way to becoming a household name.

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Best Music Of 2013
10:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Top 10 Public Radio Studio Sessions Of 2013

Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth during the band's visit to KEXP in Seattle.
Brittney Bush Bollay KEXP

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 1:02 pm

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Holiday Music
7:34 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Have Yourself A Sullen Little Christmas

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Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 9:13 am

Less than a week before Christmas, holly-jolly holiday music abounds — and if you're not feeling holly or jolly, it can be a little hard to take. For NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Morning Edition producer Travis Larchuk, the holidays often mean searching for alternatives: In Thompson's case, it means diversions into melancholy, while Larchuk often seeks something cutting or sarcastic or hyperrealistic to cut through the treacle.

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All Songs Considered
5:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more.
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Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 8:13 am

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World Cafe
3:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Daughter On World Cafe

Daughter.
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World Cafe welcomes the U.K. trio Daughter to the studio for Wednesday's session. Led by singer-songwriter Elena Tonra, the group formed when its members met as students at London's Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. The band released a pair of EPs independently before attracting the attention of a big label, which released the full-length If You Leave in March.

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Best Music Of 2013
1:30 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is one of KEXP's favorite discoveries of 2013.
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Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 1:21 pm

It's usually easy to keep up with your favorite artists. You can follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check them out when they come to your town.

Falling in love with unfamiliar bands? That's not quite as simple. There are so many aspiring musicians out there, you can't possibly listen to all of them.

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World Cafe
2:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

J. Roddy Walston & The Business On World Cafe

J. Roddy Walston & The Business.
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J. Roddy Walston & The Business return to World Cafe for a new studio session. Originally formed in 2002, the Tennessee band began picking up speed after it relocated to Baltimore in 2004. On the upright piano, Walston shapes the group's style of infectious Southern rock.

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Best Music Of 2013
1:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Jason Isbell's Southeastern was Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker's favorite album of 2013.
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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 10:21 pm

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World Cafe
1:11 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

World Cafe Next: Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker.
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Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 12:46 pm

  • Hear Two Songs By Ryley Walker

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is Chicago guitarist Ryley Walker. The singer-songwriter recently released a psych-folk EP titled The West Wind, which features swirling guitars and jazzy excursions that are easy to get lost in.

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