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Youth, energy, angst and bravado — that's the stuff of punk music. But it turns out youth may be the least critical part of the equation.

For 38 years, Milo Aukerman and Bill Stevenson have been pounding out punk music as Descendents, along with their fellow bandmembers Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton. They started their band in high school, and now they're in their early fifties. Their new album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, gets its name from Aukerman's days working in the field of molecular biology.

Esmé Patterson On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2016

Originally from Colorado and part of the same singer-songwriter scene that gave us Nathaniel Rateliff, Esmé Patterson was initially part of the folk band Paper Bird with her sister. Patterson has increasingly let loose her inner rocker on each new solo album — particularly on her third record, released this past June, titled We Were Wild.

This week on World Cafe, Monday-Friday from 2-4 pm.

Monday, July 25.  Nashville Demos is the new record from up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Oliver John-Rodgers.

Tuesday, July 26. Six years since her last release, Elizabeth Cook makes a triumphant return on Exodus of Venus.

Wednesday, July 27. Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt returns with the self-produced, Dig In Deep, her 20th release.

'Don't Think Twice' Scripts Improv With Ease

Jul 22, 2016

The first time Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in a film (Sleepwalk With Me) he played a stand-up comic. This was not a huge stretch for him, as he is, himself, a stand-up comic.

His second film, Don't Think Twice, doesn't stray too far from that model. It's about an improvisational comedy troupe a lot like the one in which Birbiglia got his start. And if this seems like quite a bit of navel-gazing for one filmmaker, rest assured that Birbiglia's been keeping it funny.

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Robert Elllis On World Cafe

Jul 20, 2016

Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis released his self-titled fourth album earlier this year. A gorgeous, stylistically diverse roots-country record whose songs are made more real by the human characters in his lyrics, the album was chosen by the NPR Music staff as one of 2016's best so far.

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