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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

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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.

For fans who have been following Manchester Orchestra for the past decade and change, the sound of the band's new record, A Black Mile To The Surface, is a surprise. With early releases like I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child, Simple Math and Cope, the band built their following on loud guitars and big emotions. Their latest is full of emotion, but finds that feeling through the songs' stories. It's sweeping, cinematic and really quite beautiful.

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"Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll". Those were the words TV audiences heard on August 1, 1981 when a brand new channel called Music Television launched. MTV changed the world of music, and we celebrate with a full show of the earliest video hits including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

Sheer Mag is a five-piece rock band from Philadelphia that sounds like it's headlining the EnormoDome, but comes from a busted-up building called the Nut House that's also home to slugs and roaches.

Beginning at noon ET on Sunday, July 30, you can watch Drive-By Truckers, Davy Knowles, The Record Company, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Adia Victoria and more perform live from day three of WXPN's 2017 XPoNential Music Festival.

Beginning at noon ET on Saturday, July 29, you can watch Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Strand Of Oaks, Rhiannon Giddens, The Suffers, Foxygen, Xenia Rubinos and more perform live form day two WXPN

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