World Cafe

Friday 11 pm - Saturday 1 am

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.

A successful journalist, radio and TV host, screenwriter and songwriter, Mitch Albom is the master of many things. But he is assuredly best known for his memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, which has sold more than 14 million copies.

Villagers On World Cafe

Nov 27, 2015

Irish singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien, who performs as Villagers, has made three albums that have all hit Number 1 at home in Ireland, including his 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic. What's different this time has less to do with the fact that he's performing with a band and more to do with how he sees himself.

Billy Gibbons has been known for years as the larger-than-life, guitar-playing leader of ZZ Top, whose innovative showmanship and big licks have brought an equally oversized audience to rockin' blues. In today's Latin Roots segment, Gibbons and his band, The BFGs, put a Cubano twist on the blues. Timbales, congas and some smoky Hammond organ combine with Gibbons' guitar on Perfectamundo, his first solo album.

Boy & Bear On World Cafe

Nov 25, 2015

The Australian band Boy and Bear has a folk-rock sound often compared to Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons. The group is just starting to make inroads in North America, but at home their first album went platinum, their second debuted at Number 1 and their latest, Limit of Love, did the same.

Baio On World Cafe

Nov 24, 2015

Chris Baio was the music director at his college radio station and in a band while studying at Columbia. Seems like a typical indie college-kid story — except that his band was none other than Vampire Weekend.

World Cafe Next: The Jack Moves

Nov 23, 2015

The Newark, N.J., duo The Jack Moves plays what it calls "sweet soul." Singer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes — he's the one with the falsetto — met drummer, producer and former pro skater Teddy Powell at a Lower East Side skate park and honed their shared musical vision in the studio. Here's how Desmondes describes that vision:

"So with sweet soul, you have the rhythm and it's super-black — it's heavy, it's funky, it swings. The bass is always super-funky, and it's got this toughness to it.

Grace Potter On World Cafe

Nov 20, 2015

After five albums with The Nocturnals, Grace Potter recently released her first solo record, Midnight. It's poppier, more streamlined and more personal then her work has been in the past, but it still rocks.

David Wax Museum On World Cafe

Nov 19, 2015

John Grant On World Cafe

Nov 18, 2015

Michigan-born singer-songwriter John Grant has dealt with his share of hardship, including a rough upbringing and family life, a struggle to come to terms with his own sexuality, alcoholism and HIV. But in spite of all that, he's blossomed with three critically praised solo albums and found stability and happiness in Iceland, where he now lives.

Mercury Rev On World Cafe

Nov 17, 2015

Originally formed in Buffalo, N.Y., in the late '80s, Mercury Rev hasn't always had an easy time finding an audience beyond its devoted cult following. But the band did see success in the U.K. with 1998's Deserter's Songs, and breakthrough albums like Yerself Is Steam and See You On The Other Side are still highly regarded.

World Cafe Next: Foxing

Nov 16, 2015

The St. Louis indie-rock band Foxing just released its second album, Dealer, which expands on the sound of its debut, The Albatross. How do these musicians respond to pressure to come up with new material? Foxing has an unofficial motto that helps: "We're a band, and someday we won't be a band." That takes the pressure off.

Hear two songs from Foxing and download the World Cafe: Next segment on this page.

FFS On World Cafe

Nov 13, 2015

FFS is two headliners in one: Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, whose song "Take Me Out" was a worldwide hit in 2004, plus the American pop-rock group Sparks, which was formed in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael.

Latin Roots: English Rock In Spanish

Nov 12, 2015

On today's Latin Roots segment, Josh Norek of The Latin Alternative brings World Cafe a couple of Spanish-language versions of well-known rock songs in English. Two groups from Texas, Grupo Fantasma and The Chamanas, cover The Beatles and Portugal The Man, respectively.

EL VY On World Cafe

Nov 12, 2015

EL VY grew out of the writing that Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls had been working on together for the last few years. Lately, they've dedicated more time to their collaboration, and the result is a new album, Return To The Moon, and a nearly sold-out tour.

Christopher Paul Stelling On World Cafe

Nov 10, 2015

The first time you experience Christopher Paul Stelling singing and playing guitar is eye-opening. Stelling's attack on the nylon-string acoustic guitar is uniquely forceful, and it serves his songwriting well on his new album, Labor Against Waste. Hear him perform some of those new songs live in the studio as part of today's World Cafe session.

World Cafe Next: The Vulgar Boatmen

Nov 9, 2015

The Vulgar Boatmen was an unusual group, to say the least. After starting at the University of Florida, it eventually became two bands: one led by Robert Ray in Florida, the other by Dale Lawrence in Indiana. Ray and Lawrence collaborated long-distance on songwriting.

One of The Vulgar Boatmen's best albums, 1989's You And Your Sister, is being reissued on Nov. 28. On this page, discover (or re-discover) two songs from that album, including a new remix.

Shawn Colvin On World Cafe

Nov 6, 2015

North Dakota singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin released her debut album, Steady On, in 1989. Her breakthrough came in 1996 with the album A Few Small Repairs and its Top 10 song "Sunny Came Home," which won the Grammy for Record and Song Of The Year.

Mac DeMarco On World Cafe

Nov 5, 2015

Canadian jangle-pop singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco is an itinerant: Originally from Edmonton, he's made stops in Vancouver and Montreal on his way to Queens, where he now lives and records.

Destroyer On World Cafe

Nov 4, 2015

Though Destroyer, the project led by Canadian musician Dan Bejar, has been making records since 1996 — even before Bejar became known as one of The New Pornographers — today's session marks Destroyer's World Cafe debut.