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Picture what would happen if Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin met Ali Farka Touré in a garage in West Africa, and you've got an idea of what my guests today sound like. The band is Songhoy Blues. They're from Mali, and their new album is titled Résistance.

I talked with the band's lead singer, Aliou Touré. He is originally from the northern Mali city of Gao, but fled south after Islamist militants and rebels took over parts of northern Mali in 2012, causing a massive political crisis and banning music.

Waxahatchee is the brainchild and band name of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. She visited World Cafe Live the day she released her new album, Out In The Storm, to perform four songs and chat about the record's origins.

The record was inspired by the end of a relationship, which makes talking about it in interviews a little tricky.

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Katie Crutchfield's new Waxahatchee album Out in the Storm came after the end of a difficult relationship - but she wants listeners to focus on is how the songs touch their own experiences.  She talks about that, and the support twin sister Allison gave her on this record, as their creative relationship has evolved over the years. Today at 2 PM on Different Radio.

My guest today has just released his debut solo album, and he's in his 70s! His name? Sherman Holmes.

Now, of course, he's not a new kid on the block. He's had a decades-long career in The Holmes Brothers with his real brother Wendell Holmes, and Willie "Popsy" Dixon, who was like a brother.

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Sherman Holmes’ career has been defined for decades as a member of the trio the Holmes Brothers. But in 2015, his bandmates Wendell and Popsy passed away. Holmes talks about how he found the courage to go on and make his debut solo album without his bandmates. Sherman Holmes performs on the next World Cafe.   

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One of America's premier songwriters, Randy Newman, sits down at the piano to perform and talks with the Cafe's David Dye.  He's been releasing records since the '60s, and his new album, called Dark Matter, is out today. Friday at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Café Tacvba's four core members have been making music together since the early 1990s. Their debut record from 1992 just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and their 1994 album, Re, is consistently ranked among the greatest Latin rock albums ever. It's considered a groundbreaking contribution to a genre coined "Rock en Espanol."

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Mexico's Café Tacvba are considered one of the most groundbreaking bands of the rock en espanol movement. Cafe Tacvba performs and talks about the musical diversity that defined their seminal album Re and continues through their latest Jei Beibei on the next World Cafe. Today at 2PM on Different Radio.

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Atlanta-based Manchester Orchestra step out of their crunchy, guitar-driven comfort zone in favor of sweeping, cinematic sounds on their latest release, A Black Mile to the Surface. They explain how scoring the film Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe, changed their approach to making albums and perform live on the next World Cafe. Today at 2 PM on Different Radio.

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