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This segment, from March 23, 2012, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

A New York pop-rock trio with a spunky and theatrical side, fun. began when singer Nate Ruess was coming off the breakup of his long-running band The Format. He invited Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train to join him in creating a new project, and within a week the three were together on the East Coast, hashing out melodies and instrumentation. Just a few years later, fun. has released two full-length albums, collaborated with Janelle Monae and Panic at the Disco, and topped the charts with its infectious single "We Are Young."

Some Nights, fun.'s new album, is a worldwide left-field success, and "We Are Young," recorded with Monae, became one of 2012's signature anthems. The record was produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Beyonce), who helped hone its bold mix of indie pop, theatrical rock and even hip-hop.

In this interview, the members of fun. discuss their use of AutoTune with host David Dye, while Ruess describes the trio's chemistry. And, of course, the band plays songs from Some Nights, including "We Are Young." (via World Cafe)

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The Lumineers “Classy Girls” The Lumineers
Bob Dylan “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” John Wesley Harding
Fountains of Wayne “Hackensack” Welcome Interstate Managers
Beach House “Zebra” Teen Dream
Haim “The Wire” Days Are Gone
((Tanlines “Not the Same” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
fun. “Carry On” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
fun. “We Are Young” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
fun. “All Alright” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((fun. “Carry On” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Janelle Monae “Dance Apocalyptic” The Electric Lady
Talking Heads “The Great Curve” Remain In Light
Luscious Jackson “Are You Ready” Magic Hour
The Ting Tings “Shut Up and Let Me Go” We Started Nothing
((Arcade Fire “Modern Man” The Suburbs))
Joan Osborne “Right Hand Man” Relish
Jay Arner “Don’t Remind Me” Jay Arner
Jay Arner “Wildest One” Jay Arner
Paul McCartney “Queenie Eye” New
Divine Fits “Would That Night Be Nice” A Thing Called Divine Fits
Squeeze “Black Coffee in Bed” Sweets From a Stranger
((Local Natives “You and I” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Hayes Carll “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart” Trouble In Mind
Wilco “Outasite Outta Mind” Being There
The Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind” Made Up Mind
Otis Redding “Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)” The Otis Redding Story
((Mayer Hawthorne “Reach Out Richard” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros “Home” Up From Below
Franz Ferdinand “Right Action” Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Sufjan Stevens “Chicago” Come On Feel The Illinoise
Brian Protheroe “Pinball” Pinball