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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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Activist, preacher, and author, Rev. Sekou brings social consciousness to his soulful and bluesy debut album, In Times Like These. The album was produced by Luther Dickinson and features Cody Dickinson, whose band North Mississippi Allstars also released a new album recently, Prayer For Peace. We catch up with both North Mississippi Allstars and Rev. Sekou on their combined tour.

Get the inside scoop on the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with Democrat and Chronicle music critic Jeff Spevak.Every weekday morning during the festival June 23-30, Jeff will be joining Scott Regan on Open Tunings to run down the day’s best bets and the most intriguing artists. He’ll also throw in performance reviews and a few tips to make your trip to the festival a lot more fun. Listen to Open Tunings every morning at 10:30 on WRUR-FM 88.5 for  The Jazz Corner.

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  Country-tinged singer songwriter Jade Jackson says Lucinda Williams’ album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road served as the template for her debut, Gilded. The album was produced by Mike Ness from Social Distortion. Jackson was raised in a small California town by parents who shunned television and the internet. As a child Jade fell in love with her father’s record collection and started writing her own songs. 

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