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Today on World Cafe , we pay tribute to Dr. John, the American music legend who turns 76 years old Nov. 21. Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack was born and raised in New Orleans, where he still lives. A chance meeting as a teenager with pianist Professor Longhair set Dr. John down a musical path that combined R&B, New Orleans funk, psychedelia, blues and jazz. The gritty, growly Rock and Roll Hall of Famer boasts a lengthy career. In 2012 he collaborated with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach on the...

Water Liars member Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster delivers a more Southern sound with his new solo endeavor, Constant Stranger , which he recorded entirely on his own in Mississippi. Listen to two songs and download the full segment in the player above. Copyright 2016 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit WXPN-FM .

When singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke first joined us 25 years ago, she was with Jennifer Kimball, her partner in the folk-rock duo The Story. She's now a sophisticated solo songwriter with a true sense of lyrical elegance that's only grown through her long career. Recently she wrote and performed a one-woman show called My Mother Has 4 Noses , for which she drew from her experiences caring for her terminally ill mother. Now, Brooke has a new album called Midnight. Hallelujah. , and she...

When World Cafe traveled to Australia for our Sense of Place series,
we discovered some fantastic new bands in Sydney — Middle Kids , Julia Jacklin , Thelma Plum , and Boy & Bear among them. We also reconnected with two of Australia's elder rock 'n' roll statesmen: Steve Kilbey of The Church and Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil. So much great music has come out of Australia over the years, so for your weekend listening we've put together a playlist of musicians both old and new. We'll be...

Once upon a time, the Sydney-based DJ and programmer Jono Ma needed a vocalist for the psychedelic dance-rock he was creating. He ended up with a partner in guitarist and singer Gabriel Winterfield; their alliance became Jagwar Ma, which released its debut, Howlin ' , in 2013. Now a three-piece electro-inspired band from the north beaches of Sydney, Jagwar Ma released its new album, Every Now And Then , earlier this year. World Cafe 's trip to Sydney gave us a sense that the local music scene...

The default terms for any kind of new rock-based band seem to be "indie" or "alternative" rock, which can conjure up anything from R.E.M. to Spoon . I would not use either of those words to describe Gang of Youths. This is a passionate five-piece band already ready for bigger stages. Its songs are anthemic and its frontman, David Le'aupepe, is a talent to be reckoned with — U2 comparisons come to mind. Gang of Youths formed in 2012; it released its debut album, The Positions , in 2015 and a...

"You've got to recognize music as the greatest gift of all in some ways," Peter Garrett says. "It can really transport you, yourself as a writer and a singer, and you can take other people with you, and I just wanted to get on that journey as quick as I could and it just happened." Garrett is the lead singer for the powerful Australian rock band Midnight Oil, a committed political band that formed in 1978 and initially disbanded in 2002. Two years later, Garrett was elected to Australia's...

Australian public radio has an amazing popular music service throughout the country called triple j . Almost every time a new artist from Australia visits us on World Cafe , we read something in their bio about triple j radio — and particularly about its Unearthed site, where unsigned bands can upload their music and songs can bubble up organically.

In this session, we meet Dave Ruby Howe and Lachlan Macara, the two programmers in charge of Unearthed . They explain what they do...

The Sydney three-piece Middle Kids has gotten a lot of mileage out of releasing just two singles. Sure, "Your Love" and "Edge of Town" are hook-laden, entirely delightful songs — but more than anything, it feels like people are looking toward the group's potential, and that's where things get exciting. Lead singer Hannah Joy is not an unknown in Sydney, having already released a solo EP, but in Middle Kids she combines her voice with the talents of guitarist Tim Fitz and drummer Harry Day....

A newcomer to the Sydney music scene, Julia Jacklin released her debut album, Don't Let The Kids Win, in October. Her songs reflect the feeling she has in her 20s as she watches younger people experiencing things she just went through. (Mind you, she doesn't feel old yet.) Jacklin's music cannot be easily put into any one category, as it draws from elements of country, blues, folk and rock. She comes from an area right outside Sydney called the Blue Mountains and didn't start writing songs...

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