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Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

The members of Shoes have cobbled together albums like stubborn craftsmen who know that their trade is at once outmoded and valuable. Ken Tucker says Ignition retains the same pop-rock rigor heard in the band's 1970s records.

Family Band On World Cafe

The dark ambient-folk duo returns to the program to play songs from its second album, Grace & Lies.
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A Piano Prodigy Re-Learns A Long-Honed Skill

Ruth Antine began piano lessons when she was 7 years old, and 92 years later, she has hardly missed a day at the keys.


Bloc Party Gets Back To Basics

The British band's goal was simple: sound like four guys playing music in a room.

THEESatisfaction On World Cafe

The Seattle hip-hop duo's debut album is soulful in a spoken-word tradition, with West Coast flavor.

Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'

He is one of the few pop electronic dance musicians also consistently described as a composer.

Diamond Rugs On World Cafe

The supergroup, featuring members of Black Lips and Deer Tick, plays songs from its debut album.

Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli.