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Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe

The soul singer talks about his influences and Snoop Dogg's cameo on his new album, before playing a live set.

Fresh Air Remembers Soul Singer Howard Tate

Tate made a string of hits in the '60s, but then disappeared from public view for more than 30 years. In 2003, he joined record producer Jerry Ragovoy on Fresh Air for a conversation about their collaborations.

Blind Pilot On World Cafe

The Portland folk-rock band beefs up its lineup and fleshes out its sound on We Are the Tide.

A Giant Theremin Is Watching You Down Under

The supersize instrument tracks motion via cameras and creates tones and prerecorded sounds.

The Black Keys: A Reinvention On 'El Camino'

The Black Keys just released a new album called El Camino. Rock critic Ken Tucker says that, while the album retains the band's roots in blues and R&B, it's also reaching out to a wider audience with its pop and rock touches.

Music From 'The Mistress Of Heartache'

Rachael Yamagata's deep and sultry voice tells stories of lost love and pain. Her songs have been heard on countless films and TV shows, like 'Grey's Anatomy' and '30 Rock.' Now Yamagata is out with her latest album, 'Chesapeake.' Host Michel Martin speaks with the singer-songwriter about her approach to music.

Blitzen Trapper On World Cafe

The Portland country-folk band showcases genre-spanning material from its recent American Goldwing.