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Check out the sound of new Nashville today on the World Cafe! Liz Cooper & The Stampede have just released a debut that showcases their take on 21st-century psychedelia, called Window Flowers. Liz was brought up on the music of the Grateful Dead, and after teaching herself how to play guitar, developed an intricate, looping style that's made her one of the most distinctive guitarists in the city's rock scene. We'll hear some of that in today's live performance. And Liz joins Nashville correspondent Ann Powers to talk about everything from golf to the hippie movement. 

Jill Sternheimer of the Lincoln Center and World Cafe's Nashville correspondent Ann Powers just released a list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century by women and non-binary artists. It's part of NPR Music's "Turning the Tables" project, meant to change the way we talk about popular music. Seventy music writers got to weigh in with their picks, which include names you know – like Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Jill Scott – and those you might not – like Kaki King and Jamila Woods. Host Talia Schlanger takes us through the list for some great listening, on the next World Cafe.

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Guitarist and songwriter Zack Green had already been married six months, before he discovered that his wife Dani Green's harmonies were the perfect complement to his music. Now, their creative chemistry powers the folk group, Birdtalker. They reached over 24 million streams on Spotify for their song, "Heavy," before ever going out on tour, and the hit is featured on their recently released debut, called One. Today, they join Nashville correspondent Ann Powers to play live, and Zack and Dani talk about how their spirituality feeds their songs.

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Bermuda Triangle is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. They formed a Nashville supergroup, who have already played sold-out shows across the country, despite only releasing two songs. In a conversation with host Ann Powers, we'll hear how the trio started playing together, passing a guitar and harmonizing on porches. And they perform live. 

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Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Mix

On this Memorial Day edition of the Café, we’re pairing up different versions of songs and asking, “which came first?” You might be surprised to find out who first performed “Ring of Fire”, and how Jeff Beck could have beaten Stevie Wonder to the punch with his recording of “Superstition” if only his album hadn’t been delayed.  

Tuesday, May 29th – Encore: Mary Gauthier

Here are the artists coming up this week on WORLD CAFÉ with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, February 12th – The Barr Brothers   

The Barr Brothers are a beautiful folky sort of band made up of brothers Andrew and Brad, and a secret weapon. Sara Pagé plays a harp. She’s rigged it with effects normally used on electric guitar and breaks down her impressive setup, as the Barr Brothers perform live music from their latest album Queens of the Breakers, on Monday’s World Café.

Tuesday, February 13th – Good Booty 

Here are the artists coming up this week on WORLD CAFÉ with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, February 5th - Lee Ranaldo  

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo’s new solo album Electric Trim features guest performances from Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline of Wilco, Kid Millions and others. On the next World Cafe Lee Ranaldo performs live, talks about his unique approach to playing guitar and shares his thoughts on a potential Sonic Youth reunion. 

Tuesday, February 6th – Calexico 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

On their sophomore album Pageant, queer punk duo PWR BTTM explode with glitter, grit and a powerful message of inclusion that extends way beyond their roots in the LGBTQ community. Also, on a special Nashville Session, Ann Powers welcomes Ruby Amanfu.  

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