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With the help of Jack White's Third Man Records, the young Nashville band Sunseeker release their much anticipated debut EP Biddeford on July 14th. The Music City four piece now hope to make their presence known nationally - hear why the 21 years olds have been so quickly recognized for their talent in their artistically rich hometown.

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Best known as David Letterman’s house band leader for 33 years, Paul Shaffer is back with The World’s Most Dangerous Band. Their new record features Shaggy, Jenny Lewis, Darius Rucker, and Bill Murray. Paul talks about his time with Dave, his gig playing in the original Saturday Night Live House band and his role as Artie Fufkin in the mockumentary cult hit This is Spinal Tap.

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From growing up in LA to living in a 200-year-old gothic home in Virginia so her father could pursue priesthood, hear how Angelica Garcia’s range of experiences has shaped her music on her debut album, Medicine for Birds.

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Austin based Sweet Spirit, is punchy, powerhouse party band. Their raucous live shows earned them a fan in Britt Daniel of Spoon, who gave them a leg up on their debut album. Sweet Spirit performs music from their follow-up record called St. Mojo and share wild and fun stories befitting a wild and fun band on the next World Café.

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Hear songs old and new from one of the most influential alternative bands, the Pixies, as they play live at NonComm 2017.  They perform hits from classic albums Doolittle and Surfer Rosa plus a new track from the Pixies' latest album Head Carrier, and you've got a front row seat on the next World Cafe! 

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Allison Crutchfield came of musical age in the DIY punk scene, and has collaborated with many bands including P.S. Eliot and Bad Banana which she founded with her twin sister Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee. This year, she released her beautifully crafted and very personal debut full-length solo album called, Tourist in This Town.  

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This week: we rebroadcast a show from November 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado. Trey Anastasio plays "Brian and Robert" and "Water in the Sky," The Staves sing "Sadness Don't Own Me" and "Hopeless," and Tig Notaro discusses what it's like to be a comedian.

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Today on the World Cafe is the indie rock quartet, Hippo Campus, from Minnesota. On their first full-length album, the group intended to write around a unified theme - exploring the impact of social media. Find out why that changed as they delved deeper into crafting the new songs.   

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On his new album City Music, Kevin Morby, taps into his love of Lou Reed and Patti Smith to craft characters and songs that evoke New York City. Morby was also inspired by a 2015 New York Times article called "The Lonely Death of George Bell" to write about the solitude of living in a big metropolis.

 

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Phoenix holed up in an old Paris opera house in 2014 to begin recording their new album Ti Amo. The French band turned their feelings of unrest about the tumultuous times around them into music that serves as an escape. Ti Amo explores “love, desire, lust and innocence” with the a romanticized flair of summer discos in Italy.

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