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Boy On World Cafe

The Swiss-German duo's sweet, honest and enchanting sound shines on its debut album, Mutual Friends.

Pitbull Gets 'Epic': 'You Constantly Have To Defend Your Success'

Armando Christian Perez — better known as Pitbull or Mr. Worldwide — has sold five million albums and had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries. He tells NPR's Michel Martin about using music as an escape and playing a well-dressed toad in the animated film Epic.

Mount Moriah On World Cafe

The North Carolina band performs powerful, country-tinged songs from its new album, Miracle Temple.

China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal

In 2011, police detained Ai Weiwei for 81 days. Now, he's released a song that's turned the experience into a heavy metal protest song, along with a dystopian nightmare video. The lyrics are explicit and angry. Ai says his music is for the many political prisoners who remain jailed.

Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity

Random Access Memories finds the French duo changing its music-making process in an effort to make its songs sound more human. To that end, Daft Punk enlists guest stars such as Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

The two artists are known opposites in the world of instrumental music. On Metheny's latest, the jazz guitarist wrings an unexpectedly visual listening experience from Zorn's knotty compositions.