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Ledisi Steals The Show  |   

Standing on a balcony in her hometown of New Orleans, the singer stops an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In August  |   

African psychedelia, funked-up Indian bhangra and haunting music from France by way of Cuba — a deep treasure trove of cuts to end your summer on a high note.

New Mix: Weezer, Lucinda Williams, Sufjan Stevens, More  |   

On this week's All Songs Considered, premieres from Lucinda Williams, Buke and Gase and Lia Ices, along with much more.

First Listen: Interpol, 'El Pintor'  |   

The New York post-punk band has aged into its polished sound nicely, maintaining its influences (Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, et al) while sounding more distinct from them than ever.

Cory Branan: A 'No-Hit Wonder,' Making Small-Batch Country Music  |   

Branan's lonesome road anthems aren't likely to make him a Top 40 star. He tells NPR's Melissa Block he's learned to be content playing a smaller game.

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