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
1:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Barr Brothers On World Cafe

The Barr Brothers.
John Londono Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:36 pm

Montreal band The Barr Brothers formed in 2005 when singer and guitarist Brad Barr met concert harpist Sarah Page after hearing her practice through the wall of his apartment. He and his brother, Andrew Barr, had played together in Boston as The Slip. But The Barr Brothers, as an official group, only took form after Page joined.

Here, the band plays songs from its new album, Sleeping Operator.

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World Cafe
10:47 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

Jukebox The Ghost.
Eric Ryan Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:02 pm

Vocalist and pianist Ben Thornewill, singer-guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin met at George Washington University in 2003, then formed Jukebox The Ghost three years later. The D.C. pop band's self-titled fourth album comes out this week. In this interview and performance for World Cafe, Jukebox The Ghost tells guest host Michaela Majoun about placing piano in the foreground of its music, and explains how competition has been good for its songwriting.

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World Cafe
2:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:26 am

Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench formed The Stray Birds in Lancaster, Penn., in 2012, though they'd known each other and performed together in the city's tight-knit music community prior to that. The group's self-titled debut was well-received in folk circles, and was named one of NPR's Top 10 folk and Americana albums for 2012.

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World Cafe
1:22 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Budos Band On World Cafe

The Budos Band.
Justin Borucki Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:27 am

Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.

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World Cafe
11:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon And Bill Frisell On World Cafe

Sam Amidon (right) & Bill Frisell.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:58 am

Sam Amidon recycles music. The L.A.-based musician — he's originally from from Brattleboro, Vt., where his parents were both folk players — takes older songs, folk songs, and transforms them into his own music through rearrangement and sensitive performance.

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World Cafe
12:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Black Prairie On World Cafe

Black Prairie.
Jason Quigley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:03 pm

Fans of The Decemberists will be happy to hear that the band has a new album in the works, but that will surely put a crimp in the touring schedule of today's guest, Black Prairie. The Portland band, which recently released its third album, Fortune, features several of the non-Colin Meloy members of The Decemberists.

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World Cafe
10:46 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Bono On World Cafe

U2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:32 pm

U2 and singer Bono are accustomed to challenging their audience. In 1991, for example, Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV tour surprised the group's fans with a sharp left turn — in both sound and image — from 1988's Rattle And Hum.

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World Cafe
6:24 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

World Cafe Next: Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:58 am

You can't beat sibling harmony. Or "blood harmony" as sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz call their vocalizing. From Indianapolis, Lily & Madeleine will release their second album, Fumes, at the end of the month. As Madeleine says, "Fumes shows our transformation as musicians and as women, and was inspired by our experience on the road as well as the life experiences of people close to us. It's a perfect reflection of this stage of our lives."

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World Cafe
5:34 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Justin Townes Earle performs live at WXPN in Philadelphia.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:39 am

Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is back with a new album, Single Mothers, on a new label, Vagrant Records.

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World Cafe
2:51 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Latin Roots: Tango Essentials

Lidia Borda.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

On the latest installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, we examine the music of Argentina — specifically the tango. Musician Rachel Faro is here to tell us how tango, with its rich history, is much more than just songs. She plays pieces by classic tango singer Carlos Gardel and the more contemporary artist Lidia Borda.

World Cafe
1:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tweedy On World Cafe

Tweedy.
Chris Sikich XPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

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World Cafe
2:38 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Sounds Of Baltimore: Divine, Mama Cass And More

Divine, in John Waters' 1972 film Pink Flamingos.
Divine Heirs LLC

Erik Deatherage, host of WTMD's Morning Show, joins World Cafe for today's Sense Of Place to play songs by some of Baltimore's best musicians. With a tip of the hat to director John Waters, he starts with Divine's "Born To Be Cheap," then plays a song by the late Mama Cass and more in an eclectic set that touches on the city's diverse musical history.

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World Cafe
2:19 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Download Songs From 5 Of Baltimore's Rising Stars

George Cessna's "Calling Out The Law" is featured on today's episode of World Cafe's Sense Of Place.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:33 am

Baltimore has produced an impressive assortment of bands with national profiles, like Future Islands, Beach House and Wye Oak, to name a few. For World Cafe's Sense Of Place stop in Baltimore, however, we went a little deeper.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Future Islands On World Cafe

Future Islands.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:34 am

Future Islands' newest album, Singles, saw the band reaching a much larger audience, thanks in part to its meme-creating network television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman.

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Betty Who On World Cafe

Betty Who.
Molly Cranna Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:36 am

More than 12 million people have watched the viral YouTube video "Spencer's Home Depot Marriage Proposal," which is soundtracked by Betty Who's song "Somebody Loves You."

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World Cafe
1:25 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

World Cafe Next: Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley.
Mickie Winters Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe first heard about Joan Shelley from WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky, during our Sense Of Place visit earlier this year. Then, we offered a track from her second album, Ginko. Now, the singer-songwriter has a new album out, her third, titled Electric Ursa.

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World Cafe
11:13 am
Fri October 3, 2014

The New Pornographers On World Cafe

The New Pornographers.
Chris Buck Courtesy of the artist

The New Pornographers, the Canadian supergroup led by Carl "A.C." Newman, just released a new album, Brill Bruisers. As usual, Newman produced the record and wrote the bulk of its songs.

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World Cafe
12:28 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

David Gray On World Cafe

David Gray.
Courtesy of the artist

English singer-songwriter David Gray joins World Cafe for a full-band performance of songs from his new album, Mutineers. Gray's first record, White Ladder, remains an all-time best-seller in Ireland, and went on to become the first album released on Dave Matthews' ATO Records in the U.S. White Ladder has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

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World Cafe
1:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Herb Alpert.
Chris Adjani Courtesy of the artist

For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experience, as he overdubbed his trumpet playing atop a recording of crowds and other ambient sounds. The album, which would become the first release on A&M Records, marked the beginning of Alpert's band, The Tijuana Brass.

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World Cafe
12:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Trigger Hippy On World Cafe

Trigger Hippy.
Cameron Pollack WXPN

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World Cafe's guest today is Trigger Hippy, a band featuring Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, singer Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene, and bassist Nick Govrik.

The singers, Osborne and Greene, favor singing as a duo, and their backing band possesses enormous instrumental fire power. In today's episode, we talk with Gorman, Osborne and Greene about how Trigger Hippy came together, and hear them perform songs from the group's new self-titled album.

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