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Autosalvage: The Psychedelic Band That Vanished

There are lots of stories about the band that got away. For rock historian Ed Ward, one of those groups has always been Autosalvage, a New York quartet who made one album and then stopped playing.
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Underground Iranian Band Steps Out Of The Shadows

Making music is tough in Iran, the regime censors everything from lyrics to instruments. That's why the underground band Kiosk has brought their work to the U.S. Their sound is influenced by Gypsy jazz, Iranian folk, blues and rock. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with lead singer Arash Sobhani about their latest album, Outcome of Negotiations.
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Rufus Wainwright On World Cafe

The singer-songwriter chats with World Cafe guest host Michaela Majoun 14 years after their first conversation. The two explore the emotional events that inspired Wainwright's seventh album, Out of the Game.
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Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears

For the past two decades, the Colombian pop idol has been one of the biggest names in Spanish-language music. For his newest release, he took a break from his career's frenetic pace — by going all acoustic and reaching out to his heroes for help.
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Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk, Reinvented

The Boston band's debut album both honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis," the Ethiopian capital in the late '60s and early '70s.
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Louisiana: Ingredients For Musical Melting Pot

Every week, writer and radio host Gwen Thompkins talks to Louisiana songwriters, musicians and producers. Her show Music Inside Out airs on member station WWNO in New Orleans. Thompkins talks with guest host Jacki Lyden about how Louisiana's jazz, Cajun, bounce, and R&B music have been influenced by other genres such as opera.
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The Very Best: A Would-Be Lion Chaser's Backup Plan

Johan Karlberg, the Swedish producer who is one half of the dance-pop duo, says his love of African music is a fitting parallel to his childhood dream job: wildlife photographer.

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