Joshua James' latest album is called My Spirit Sister. Mr Jake Buntjer Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joshua James On World Cafe

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By Any Name, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda Was A Force

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"I want you to feel uncomfortable," Bambu says. "It's how I walk in the world every day." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bambu: 'My Music Is Here To Push People To Organize'

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BJ Leiderman is the composer of the theme music for Weekend Edition and other public-radio programs. Brad Nathanson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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BJ Leiderman: 'I'm The Luckiest Composer On The Planet'

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Goldfrapp's new album is Silver Eye. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Goldfrapp On World Cafe

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The "magical" music during the opening credits of Twin Peaks, originally broadcast in 1990, sets the tone for the cult classic. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Composer Angelo Badalamenti, Master Of Mood, Returns To 'Twin Peaks'

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Father John Misty inside the World Cafe performance studio. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Father John Misty on World Cafe

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The iconic Mexican band Café Tacvba's new album is Jei Beibi. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Guest DJ: Café Tacvba, Mexico's Musical Philosophers

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Tanya Tagaq's most recent album is Retribution. Ivan Otis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tanya Tagaq On World Cafe

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Matthew Logan Vasquez's new solo album is Does What He Wants. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Matthew Logan Vasquez On World Cafe

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Logic's new album, Everybody, is out now. Ryan Jay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Logic Is Ready To Tell The World Who He Is

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In her new album as Fiver, Simone Schmidt imagines the songs that might have been sung by women incarcerated at Ontario's Rockwood Asylum in the 19th century. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Songwriter Gives Voice To The Silenced Women Of Rockwood Asylum

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Composer Lou Harrison was open to the vividness of other cultures throughout his life. He helped introduce Indonesian gamelan music to the West. Courtesy of Eva Soltes hide caption

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Lou Harrison, The 'Maverick' Composer With Asia In His Ears

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Otis Redding performs on the TV show Ready Steady Go in 1966. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

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Nathaniel Cross on trombone, Binker Golding on tenor saxophone, Moses Boyd on drums and Theon Cross on tuba perform at SXSW in March 2017. Nicole Fara Silver/Courtesy of Jazz Standard hide caption

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Get To Know London's Thriving Jazz Scene (By Way Of Austin, Texas)

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'Rolling Stone' Founder Jann Wenner On 50 Years Of Rock And Roll History

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"This instrument right here, born in Africa, but then made in America and then altered by white America — that's the story of so much of our music," Rhiannon Giddens says of the banjo. John Peets/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

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Eight years into his relationship, Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas says, "it still doesn't feel intuitive. It always feels sort of strange and almost mystical." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Perfume Genius Is Still Figuring Out How To Be In Love

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Min Kym is shown at her debut recital at the Serenates D'Estiu Festival in Majorca in July 1992. Courtesy of Min Kym/Crown hide caption

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Her Violin Stolen, A Prodigy's World Became 'Unstrung'

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Feist says her goal with Pleasure is to "[go] back to a place that would be sustainable, that I can imagine enjoying when I'm 90." /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Feist Has A Message For Her 71-Year-Old Self

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