Kansas City musician Krystle Warren, whose forthcoming album is titled Three the Hard Way, has lived in France for nine years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Paris With Love: A Kansas City Musician Gets Distance And Perspective

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For our interview, Risa, Naoko and Atsuko changed into their signature outfits: geometric-patterned dresses, designed by Atsuko, reminiscent of a Mondrian painting. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

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Pinegrove's latest release is Elsewhere. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pinegrove On World Cafe

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Meet Me At The World Cafe: ÌFÉ Performs Live In Philadelphia

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Mac DeMarco's latest album is This Old Dog. Coley Brown/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mac DeMarco On World Cafe

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The Strokes backstage in San Francisco in October 2001, the month the band released its debut album, Is This It in the United States. Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images hide caption

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever inside the World Cafe studio. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever On World Cafe

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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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