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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.

The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle

Do we need a hip-hop concept album in 2011? Yes, if it's as thoughtful and poignant as undun.

Tony Bennett On World Cafe

The legendary jazz singer has sung with some of the greatest performers in history. Here, he discusses the experience of working with a new crop of talent — including Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse — on his latest record, Duets II.