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This week: a look back to our October 2. 2016 broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats perform "Wasting Time" and "Out on the Weekend," Anais Mitchell sings "Why We Build the Wall" and "Clyde Waters," and John Hodgman shared a few thoughts on beards and septic systems.

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Rhiannon Giddens and her producer Dirk Powell join World Cafe Nashville correspondent Ann Powers with the new album Freedom Highway. Giddens shares what it was like to inhabit African American voices from the past in songs like "At the Purchaser's Option" and how slavery was wrapped into the fabric of all of American society.

The Little Theatre is ready to party like it’s 1929!

The newly renovated Little Theatre marquee will reclaim its place as one of Rochester’s visual landmarks on Monday, June 12, with a Marquee Relighting Block Party. The street celebration begins outside The Little (240 East Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. and the relighting presentation begins at 8:30 p.m.

After a brief set of presentations at 8:30 p.m., the new marquee will be switched on for the first time at dusk.

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The American political climate inspired a lot of the lyrics on Gov't Mule's latest rock 'n' roll record, Revolution Come... Revolution Go.

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  Our guest in this session is The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, whose new solo album is called Waiting On A Song. The record is a product of Auerbach's move to Nashville, where he met some of the heavy collaborators who appear on it — including John Prine, who co-wrote the title song. Waiting On A Song also features veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin, Grammy winner David Ferguson, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas and Mark Knopfler. In this session, Auerbach discusses how he got them to play on the album and performs some of the new songs.  

Melissa Stilwell

21 year old Colter Wall has already begun turning heads in the country scene with high praise from big names like Steve Earle and Rick Rubin. Nashville correspondent Ann Powers uncovers the talent that has Music City buzzing, with a voice and depth of songwriting far beyond his years.

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Portugal. The Man's new single “Feel it Still” is a danceable earworm. In this interview the band reveals the covert messages the song contains about the social injustices today, and discuss the eclectic music festival feel of their upcoming album Woodstock.

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Gregg Allman died May 27, 2017, at the age of 69. He's remembered by the music world as a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and one of the pioneers of Southern rock. We revisit Allman's last visit to World Cafe in 2011, when he performed songs from his seventh solo studio album, Low Country Blues. We also will visit with the Old 97's. 

For decades, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked highly on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the "Summer of Love" in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way.

Thanks to all who came out and supported our Tiny Desk favorites concert. We had a full house at Three Heads Brewery and the music, beer, and BBQ were fantastic. Thanks to Kitestring, Machine Gun English, and The Mighty High and Dry for their musical talents, and a specail thanks to Geoff, Zach, and all the staff of Three Heads for an amazing evening in support of public media and local music. Keep listening to Different Radio for details of our next event.

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