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Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks

Rucker is a rock star, courtesy of his years as leader of Hootie and the Blowfish. But on his new country album, you hear the guy who still lives in and loves his home state of South Carolina, right down to its sweet tea and kudzu.

Ivan And Alyosha On World Cafe

The Seattle band plays songs from its hooky and heartfelt full-length debut, All the Times We Had.

Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'

The band just released its third album, Modern Vampires of the City. Chief lyricist and singer Ezra Koenig has described it as the third part of a trilogy about maturing. As part of that process, the album finds sustenance invoking Desmond Dekker and The Rolling Stones.

Dirty Beaches: A Nomad Musician Starts Over (And Over, And Over)

Alex Zhang Hungtai is a musician who has spent his life drifting from home to home. His parents were children of communist China, and since setting out, he's lived in places as far-flung as Honolulu, Montreal and most recently, Berlin.

Marshall Chapman: A Lifelong Rocker, Measuring Time By Elvis

Chapman has been writing songs for 40 years. She says it was seeing an Elvis Presley concert in 1956, when she was just 7 years old, that set her on the path.

Clairy Browne's Rock 'N' Soul Bus Rolls To The U.S.

Browne and her band, The Bangin' Rackettes, are a flamboyant retro ensemble from Australia. The group's new album is called Baby Caught the Bus.