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.

Sugar Tongue Slim On World Cafe

May 22, 2015

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series is a perfect opportunity to feature the work of local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim, or S.T.S. He's just released S.T.S. X RJD2, a collaboration with the Philly DJ; it's a high point for both artists.

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

May 22, 2015

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

Liz Longley On World Cafe

May 21, 2015

The latest installment in World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series features singer-songwriter Liz Longley. Now based in Nashville, she got her start in the Philly suburbs.

Longley played in local clubs before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Her musical travels led her to Nashville, where she used a Kickstarter campaign to make the album she always wanted.

The Golden Age Of Philly Soul On World Cafe

May 21, 2015

Philadelphia is experiencing an exciting wave of young rock acts, but it's almost certainly never going to top the impact of Philadelphia International Records and the work of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970s.

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

May 20, 2015

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series had to include Dr. Dog. The band formed in 2001 in West Philadelphia, built around the writing skills of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.

Hop Along On World Cafe

May 19, 2015

The Philadelphia band Hop Along started out with a folk sound back in 2004, when singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan began recording during her senior year of high school. Hop Along took on more of a rock edge in 2008 with the addition of her brother on drums; the group later added bassist Tyler Long and guitarist Joe Reinhardt.

The Districts On World Cafe

May 19, 2015

Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence formed The Districts in 2009, while they were still in high school; they released their debut album in 2012 and moved from Lititz, Penn., to Philly shortly thereafter.

World Cafe Next: Cayetana

May 18, 2015

The three women who form Cayetana — Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch — made a thrilling debut last year with Nervous Like Me. They're a big part of why Philly's homegrown rock scene has gotten so much attention lately.

Waxahatchee On World Cafe

May 18, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

May 14, 2015

Sleater-Kinney On World Cafe

May 13, 2015

Sleater-Kinney's triumphant 2015 began with the January release of No Cities To Love, the newly reunited band's first album since 2005's The Woods. On this episode of World Cafe, we'll hear excepts from a recent Sleater-Kinney concert in Paris and sit down with Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss to discuss their remarkable careers.

Rhett Miller On World Cafe

May 12, 2015

Rhett Miller has kept a solo career going concurrently with his day job as lead singer of the Old 97's. Miller's new album, The Traveler, was recorded with the help of Black Prairie, a band largely made up of moonlighting Decemberists members.

World Cafe Next: The Weather Station

May 11, 2015

The Weather Station is the work of Tamara Lindeman, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and actress in TV and film. Her third album, Loyalty, examines the many meanings behind its title; it was recorded in a decaying 19th-century mansion in France, where Lindeman played guitar, banjo, keys and vibes.

In this episode of World Cafe: Next, you can hear two songs from Loyalty — and download them as part of a podcast here.

Death Cab For Cutie On World Cafe

May 11, 2015

The title of Death Cab For Cutie's new album, Kintsugi, refers to the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using precious metals — the idea being that broken items can be made more valuable than they ever were before. It's an apt metaphor for what's gone on in the band's recent history, and in the life of singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard.

Latin Roots: Ana Tijoux

May 7, 2015

World Cafe features a special live edition of Latin Roots with a performance by the French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux. The set, which contains music from her latest album Vengo, was recorded at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Lady Lamb On World Cafe

May 6, 2015

Twin Shadow On World Cafe

May 5, 2015

Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Florida, releasing his first album in 2010; his third, Eclipse, came out in March.

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

May 4, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

The London Souls On World Cafe

May 4, 2015

The London Souls' members aren't from London; instead, they form a drum-and-guitar duo based in Brooklyn, where they carve their music out of the best of '60s psychedelic rock and soul.

Tash Neal (guitar) and Chris St. Hilaire (drums) have extraordinary communication live. On record, their music sounds like an undiscovered gem of British psychedelic rock or a lost Cream song.

The McCrary Sisters On World Cafe

Apr 30, 2015

Our guests today, the Nashville based gospel group The McCrary Sisters, have a new album produced by Buddy Miller called Let's Go. It's their third. They released their debut in 2011.

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