Billy Bragg says he initially pursued songwriting as a way to escape working in the local car factory. Andy Whale/Courtesy of Faber & Faber hide caption

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

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Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, an essential prog-rock band derided in the 1970s by critic Lester Bangs. Chris Walter/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Can't Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

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Offa Rex, a new group composed of The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney (center), reimagines traditional English folk music on The Queen Of Hearts. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Offa Rex's Olivia Chaney On The 'Dreamlike Nostalgia' Of English Folk

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Clemson University doctoral candidate A.D. Carson takes questions during his dissertation defense Feb. 24, 2017. Ken Scar/Courtesy of A.D. Carson hide caption

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After Rapping His Dissertation, A.D. Carson Is UVa's New Hip-Hop Professor

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Fleet Foxes' latest album is Crack-Up. Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Fleet Foxes On World Cafe

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Twins Allison (left) and Katie Crutchfield started out playing music together as teens. Since then, their work has taken them in different directions; each has a new solo album out this year. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Through My Sister's Eyes: Allison And Katie Crutchfield On Each Other's Music

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Charles Lloyd's new album, Passin' Thru, celebrates the 10th anniversary of his New Quartet. Dorothy Darr/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'A Pocketful Of Blues': Charles Lloyd On 'Passin' Thru'

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Sun Seeker's debut EP, Biddeford, comes out July 14. Angelina Costillo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Cafe Nashville: Sun Seeker

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k.d. lang Reflects On 25 Years Of 'Ingénue'

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Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band perform live in this World Cafe session. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Paul Shaffer On World Cafe

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Angelica Garcia On World Cafe

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Sweet Spirit performs live for this episode of World Cafe. John Vettese/WXPN hide caption

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Sweet Spirit On World Cafe

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311 (from left: Chad Sexton, Nick Hexum, SA Martinez, Tim Mahoney and P-Nut) released its 12th studio album, Mosaic, earlier this year. Brian Bowen Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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311's Nick Hexum: After 3 Decades, It's All About The Fans

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Otura Mun leads the Afro-Caribbean group ÌFÉ. Mariangel Gonzales/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Drumline To Devotion, ÌFÉ's Otura Mun Strives For 'Something Higher'

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Allison Crutchfield's Tourist In This Town is out now. Jesse Riggins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Allison Crutchfield On World Cafe

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Hippo Campus perform inside the World Cafe studio for this session. Galea McGrego/WXPN hide caption

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Hippo Campus On World Cafe

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Public Service Broadcasting drew on historical film footage to tell a story of a Welsh mining boom on the new album Every Valley. Dan Kendall/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Something Old, Something New: Public Service Broadcasting On History And Storytelling

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Encore: Why 1971 Was The Greatest Year For Rock Music Ever

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