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Rhye on World Cafe | July 31, 2013

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  • Dan Monick

Though Rhye's debut album, Woman, was released this past March, many first encountered the duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal in a series of evocative videos released in 2012. There was little to no accompanying information and — as Milosh says — that was exactly the point. The idea was to keep listeners focused on the music and not the personality of the singer.

Milosh's high yet husky voice can be hard to distinguish as male or female. Watch a special performance of Rhye, recorded live by NPR Music at New York's Le Poisson Rouge; the singer also talks with David Dye about his own experience and the band's expectations. The candlelit performance is itself slightly obscured, with indistinguishable silhouettes that reflect the duo's mysterious nature.


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Hour 1

Little Green Cars “The John Wayne” Absolute Zero
Sade “The Sweetest Taboo” Promise
The National “Don’t Swallow The Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
((Phosphorescent "Song For Zula" Muchacho))
Rhye “Open” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Rhye “The Fall” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Rhye "Open" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The XX “Chained” Coexists 
The Postal Service “The District Sleeps Alone” Give Up
Neko Case “Man” The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
REM “Shiny Happy People” Out of Time
((Vampire Weekend "Oxford Comma" Vampire Weekend))

Hour 2

The Rolling Stones “Rip This Joint” Exile On Main Street
Steve Earle “Guitar Town” Guitar Town
Patty Griffin “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida” American Kid    
Stephen Stills “Love the One You’re With” Stephen Stills
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers” Modern Vampires of the City
Arcade Fire “Keep the Car Running” Neon Bible
Local Natives “Breakers” Hummingbird 
((War On Drugs "Show Me the Coast" Wagonwheel Blues))
Jason Isbell “Relatively Easy” Southeastern 
Ryan Adams “Lucky Now” Ashes & Fire
Daughn Gibson “Kissin’ On The Blacktop” Me Moan
RL Burnside “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” Come On In
((Alejandro Escovedo "Man of the World" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Cayucas “High School Lover” Bigfoot 
Cults “Go Outside” Cults
Dave Mason “World in Changes” Alone Together
Treetop Flyers “Things Will Change” The Mountain Moves
((Real Estate "Atlantic City" Real Estate))