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  Aimee Mann knows that she has a reputation for writing depressing songs. For her new album, Mental Illness, she used this as permission to craft a set of down-tempo, acoustic ballads. 

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British multi-disciplinarian Kate Tempest has tried her hand at everything from rap to poetry to playwriting. Let Them Eat Chaos, a hip hop concept album, is her latest project.

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Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Andy Shauf might not seem like an avid partygoer, but his latest album, The Party, revolves around his experiences at a memorable late-night gathering. And in the second hour, a live set from   The Wild Reeds, a folk-rock quintet out of L.A. 

Rock and roll icon Ray Davies has toured all over the world with his band The Kinks, but his fascination with the United States is what drives his new album, Americana. Plus, Talia premieres exclusive Record Store Day tracks by Jason Isbell and The War on Drugs.

Thursday April 20, 2017  

Country artist Charlie Worsham tells our Nashville correspondent Ann Powers about using old fashioned Southern sounds to expose some of the negative stereotypes that come with being a white man from Mississippi.

 

Wednesday April 19, 2017  

Garage blues group Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears play funky tracks from their record Backlash and talk about how their hometown Austin has changed in the past few years 

Tuesday April 18, 2017  

All Gabriel Garzon-Montano wanted to do on his debut album, Jardin, was remind listeners that life is beautiful and delicate. He plays tracks from that album live. In the second hour, guitar savant Eric Krasno performs songs off of his new album, Blood from a Stone

Monday April 17, 2017  

On a Guitar Month Special episode of the World Cafe, Talia spins some of the most iconic guitar songs ever written. 

Friday April 14, 2017  

Soft-spoken singer-songwriter Andy Shauf might not seem like an avid partygoer, but his latest album, The Party, revolves around his experiences at a memorable late-night gathering. 

Thursday April 13, 2017  

On today’s episode of the World Cafe, Chicano Batman joins us in the studio for a special session of Latin Roots and a chat about Latin identity in America and the politically charged Tropicalia roots of their message. 

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