World Cafe

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Since 1991, World Cafe®, has emerged as the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. This two-hour daily program is nationally syndicated to more than 100 markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye. A passionate music enthusiast, Dye takes listeners on a unique journey of musical discovery as he presents a mix of music from both new and legendary artists. Live performances and intimate interviews with Dye's musical guests highlight each day's show.

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World Cafe
1:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Chris Smither On World Cafe

Chris Smither.
Jeff Fasano Courtesy of the artist

Bluesman, singer, and songwriter Chris Smither has been at it for 50 years. Still On The Levee, a new double-disc collection, honors that anniversary by having Smither revisit songs from all stages of his long career, re-recording them in his birthplace of New Orleans.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

World Cafe Next: Motel Beds

Motel Beds.
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The fun, breezy Dayton garage-rock band Motel Beds has released five albums since 2001, and just put out a best-of compilation called These Are The Days Gone By. It's hard to choose, but World Cafe: Next showcases a couple of them in this episode, including one that goes back to the group's debut.

Don't forget to download the World Cafe: Next podcast, too.

World Cafe
6:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Robert Plant On World Cafe

Robert Plant.
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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:30 pm

Robert Plant has had considerable success following his muse over many years. Not much has to be said about the legendary band that is Led Zeppelin, the most revered hard rock group ever. His solo exploration in early R&B yielded some fine solo albums, and then in the 1990s, he started indulging his true loves of English and American folk, 1960s psychedelia, and African music, particularly the sound known as desert blues from Mali.

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World Cafe
6:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kelis On World Cafe

Kelis and her 12-piece band lit up the stage at Stubb's for NPR Music's SXSW showcase in a career-spanning set.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:21 pm

If all you know about R&B singer Kelis is her ubiquitous 2003 single "Milkshake," then we're going to go ahead and fix that problem. Kelis has had a fascinating career thus far: recording with the now famous production duo The Neptunes on her first three albums; garnering two Grammy nominations and then walking away from the music biz; spending four years becoming a certified chef from the Le Cordon Bleu cooking academy.

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World Cafe
12:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Salsa Songs

Cheo Feliciano.
Harold Escalona Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 3:45 pm

World Cafe launches a new Latin Roots series today. We went back to our correspondents and asked them to choose the essential songs in different genres of Latin music. We want to answer the question: What songs do people need to hear?

We start the series off with Grammy-winning record producer Aaron Luis Levinson and a passionate piece on essential salsa songs.

World Cafe
12:41 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Delta Spirit On World Cafe

Delta Spirit.
Matthew J. Pandolfe Courtesy of the artist

Ever since Delta Spirit's 2007 debut, Ode To Sunshine, World Cafe has embraced the trashcan-smashing band. On Tuesday, the group released its fourth album, Into The Wide; several of its songs turn up in this studio session.

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World Cafe
8:03 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Ryan Adams On World Cafe

Ryan Adams performs live in World Cafe's studio.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:07 am

Ryan Adams just released his new self-titled album. It's his second solo record since he took time away from touring and recording to deal with Ménière's disease, an inner-ear problem that made performing loud music unbearable.

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World Cafe
4:23 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cory Branan

Cory Branan.
Nicole C. Kibert Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:59 pm

OK, so our World Cafe: Next artist this week isn't exactly a new artist. It was back in 2000 that the Recording Academy chapter in his hometown of Memphis named him "Newcomer Of The Year." He pokes fun at the lack of national attention he's received since then in the title of his fourth album, The No-Hit Wonder.

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Tori Amos On World Cafe

Tori Amos' new album, her 14th, is called Unrepentant Geraldines.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe has a wonderful, lengthy session with Tori Amos today. The singer-songwriter made her debut more than 20 years ago with Little Earthquakes and has maintained her intensity through the years, as well as her interest in challenging herself.

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World Cafe
10:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Shovels & Rope On World Cafe

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:39 am

Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, South Carolina-based folk duo who had big success with their first album as a band, O Be Joyful, in 2013. It won Best Emerging Artist and Song of The Year honors (for "Birmingham") at the 2013 Americana Music Awards.

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

BadBadNotGood On World Cafe

BadBadNotGood.
Connor Olthuis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:34 pm

The instrumental hip-hop band BadBadNotGood released its third record, called ///, earlier this year. World Cafe host David Dye sat down with the Toronto-based trio to discuss its first album of original material.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
12:56 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Cure On World Cafe

The Cure's Robert Smith.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:12 pm

The Cure was one of the first alternative bands to have huge commercial success in the 1980s, both in the U.K. and here in the states. Starting in 1979, the band released a trilogy of albums that established its popularity with those, who like lead singer Robert Smith, donned black garb and heavy eye makeup. Then came the hits: "Heaven," "Love Cats," Friday I'm In Love" and many others.

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World Cafe
12:51 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

World Cafe Next: Crow Moses

Crow Moses.
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Chicago folk artist Crow Moses is a veteran of sorts in his city's music scene, but the name might not be familiar. That's because is upcoming album, Horse Heaven Hills, is the first title recorded under his own name. The experimental musician previously released albumsas Musikanto — Ghost Pain in 2009 and Sky of Dresses in 2011.

It's no wonder Moses wanted to go by his actual name on Horse Heaven Hills — there are some remarkably strong songs on this record. Listen to two of them in this World Cafe: Next segment.

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World Cafe
2:25 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Sarah McLachlan On World Cafe

Sarah McLachlan.
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Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has just returned with her first album in four years, titled Shine On. With hit albums like 1994's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy — as well as her historic efforts at the head of 1997's Lilith Fair tour — McLachlan is one of the most prominent figures in the singer-songwriter movement of the '90s.

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World Cafe
4:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Latin Roots: 'Mystical South America'

Chancha Via Circuito.
Courtesy of the artist

Today's episode of World Cafe's Latin Roots is an unusual one, in which writer and radio personality Catalina Maria Johnson explores what she calls "Mystical South America."

Johnson says she first heard the music through visual arts, and describes it as an "ecological, Indian, spiritual, organic movement" that has excited electronic musicians in Argentina. In this segment, she showcases music by Gaby Kerpel and Chancha Via Circuito.

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World Cafe
4:46 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Meshell Ndegeocello On World Cafe

Meshell Ndegeocello.
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Meshell Ndegeocello broke through with her hit song "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" in the '90s, then turned to more brooding and eclectic fare with her 1999 album Bitter. Her experimentation has continued even when she's recording other artists' work, as she does on last year's Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication To Nina Simone.

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World Cafe
4:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Districts On World Cafe

Caitlin McCann Courtesy of the artist

The Pennsylvania band The Districts met in 2009, while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. This year, they released their first official EP on a national label.

Here, the group performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock 'n' roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

World Cafe
6:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Christian Gregory On World Cafe

Christian Gregory.
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Christian Gregory is a British singer who immersed himself in the grooves and style of vintage soul and R&B. He and fellow enthusiast Michael Kiwanuka have even formed a label, Movement Records, to release the updated soul music they love. Turns out their first artist is Christian Gregory himself, with an EP called Count On You out on August 18. Recording the album live to tape, Gregory is definitely onto something, as you will hear.

World Cafe
2:18 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

World Cafe Next: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson.
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Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is a singer-songwriter from Eastern Kentucky named Sturgill Simpson. Earlier this year he self-released his second album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. He has called it a "social consciousness" concept album disguised as a country record. That may be, but there is no disguising Sturgill's amazing voice and the songwriting on this record.

World Cafe
4:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Aloe Blacc On World Cafe

Aloe Blacc.
Ryan Calavano Courtesy of the artist

Aloe Blacc has been on a roll. It all started in 2010, when his album Good Things spawned "I Need A Dollar," the theme song to the HBO TV series How to Make It in America. That track would go on to become a major hit in Europe.

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