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George Benson Follows The Path Of His 'Unforgettable' Idol

Benson and the late Nat King Cole have a lot in common: Both started as acclaimed jazz instrumentalists, but became pop stars when they started singing. Cole was a huge influence on Benson, and the guitarist — who turned 70 this spring — pays tribute on his latest album.

Portugal. The Man On World Cafe

The Alaskan psych-rock band discusses working with Danger Mouse on its new album, Evil Friends.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club On World Cafe

Hear the band perform a stripped-down session, recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell: Harmonizing To That 'Old Yellow Moon'

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have been friends and collaborators since they first met in 1974. While they always wanted to make an album together, they never did until recently. Old Yellow Moon includes songs by Crowell, Patti Scialfa, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson among others.

Bobby McFerrin On World Cafe

Hear McFerrin experiment with the percussive range of his voice in a few songs from spirityouall.

Booker T: My Music Should Be The Soundtrack To Your Life

If you were to paint a picture of today's contemporary music styles, it might be colored by synthesizers and samples. But musician Booker T. is still making modern music with his trusted Hammond B3 organ. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Booker T about his new album Sound The Alarm.

Christopher Owens On World Cafe

The former Girls frontman talks to WXPN's Michaela Majoun about his latest solo album, Lysandre.

Jailed Tunisian Rapper Is Freed; Song Called Police 'Dogs'

The head of Tunisia's Islamist government says Ala Yaacoubi, who raps as Weld El 15, was punished for inciting hatred and violence.
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David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" (Rebroadcast)

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.


Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

In the 1970s, the Boston Pops effectively turned the 1812 Overture into an Independence Day staple. The music director and executive producer of the orchestra's annual Fireworks Spectacular explain how and why.