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Chris Thile Brings Great Music to the Forefront of His Party Mix

On October 15th, Chris Thile steps on-stage as the new, permanent host of public radio's venerable variety show, "A Prairie Home Companion," with the blessing of mentor Garrison Keillor. Chris cut his teeth playing mandolin for bluegrass bands Nickel Creek and The Punch Brothers, with which he won four Grammys. But he's a musical omnivore and -- according to the MacArthur foundation-- a musical genius. Get an eclectic playlist of tunes that Chris considers required listening at your next dinner party.

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Jack Garratt Throws an Old School Dinner Party

Jack Garratt's mix of electronica, pop and soul won him the BBC's "Sound of 2016" Poll and a Brits "Critics' Choice" Award. To put things in context, the last folks to do that were Sam Smith and Adele. He mixes up a party playlist perfect for a throwback dinner party, featuring songs by Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, and more.

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Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow Mixes up a Cool (and Kid-Friendly) Playlist

Indie-rock legend Lou Barlow was one of the founding members of Dinosaur Jr, which arguably defined the genre by burying catchy melodies and vulnerable lyrics under layers of noise. The band just released their 11th studio album, "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not." Lou has also helmed the band Sebadoh, and also Folk Implosion, whose song "Natural One" became a modern rock standard. So, naturally, we asked him to craft a dinner party soundtrack.

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Jamila Woods Sets the Tone for an All-Night Backyard Bash

The R&B singer and poet, best known as a featured vocalist on standout tracks by Chance the Rapper and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, provides a chilled-out, funky playlist for a magical overnight gathering under the stars.

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Angel Olsen Serves up a Party Soundtrack With a Side of Soul

Angel Olsen is an Asheville-based singer and guitarist. She made a name for herself with haunting vocals and harmonic soundscapes that draw on everything from psychedelia to country-western music. Her much-anticipated sophomore album, called "My Woman," comes out this week. She also performed a few songs at our live show in St. Paul, Minnesota, last year. Here she is with a party playlist for the long weekend ahead.

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Júníus Meyvant Spins a Cool Soundtrack to Beat the Heat

Iceland's own Júníus Meyvant won his home country's equivalent of a Grammy for "Song of the Year," and he's making an international name for himself with soulful folk-pop that's both emotive and uplifting. His debut album, "Floating Harmonies" just came out. He blends smooth sounds with blues tunes on his playlist, which features tracks from The Bee Gees, B.B. King, and more.

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Anna Meredith DJs Your Next Dinner Party/Obstacle Course

Scottish composer Anna Meredith's background is in classical music, but she's acclaimed for her jubilant synth pop. The Guardian says her work, "conjures images of a jetpack through the northern lights." Anna's latest album "Varmints" just won Scotland's Album of the Year Award and she's touring the U.K. now. Here's she is with a playlist for the next time you liven up your dinner party with a little "American Ninja Warrior" inspiration.

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Fantastic Negrito’s Party Mix is Good for Your Soul and Your Kidneys

Xavier Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name, Fantastic Negrito. He survived homelessness and a near fatal car crash to create what he describes as "black roots music for everyone" with "zero concern for 'pop' anything." Gives us a playlist featuring cuts from legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and more.