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.

Matthew Logan Vasquez On World Cafe

Feb 11, 2016

Delta Spirit lead singer Matthew Logan Vasquez performs solo for this special World Cafe episode, recorded live in Austin, Texas. Since moving from Brooklyn back to Austin, where he grew up, Vasquez has remained a prolific songwriter: He's turned out material for a new solo EP and full-length album, as well as plenty of songs for Delta Spirit, which he says is still a going concern.

Lucius On World Cafe

Feb 10, 2016

Lucius began as the duo of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, but they've since added a few more elements to the band, making it a quintet. Lucius' first album, Wildewoman, came out in 2014, and the band is set to release a follow-up, Good Grief, on March 11.

Julia Holter On World Cafe

Feb 9, 2016

Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter attended a performing-arts high school before studying electronic music at California Institute of the Arts. Though Holter's music is often experimental, her new album, Have You In My Wilderness, is widely viewed as her most accessible work. She says she becomes another character when she writes, and she often draws inspiration for her songs from literature and plays.

World Cafe Next: Aubrie Sellers

Feb 8, 2016

Aubrie Sellers is a brash country artist from Nashville with a powerful voice and both depth and variety in her songwriting. Her evident love of trashy garage rock contrasts strikingly with her emotionally rich voice and songs.

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Feb 5, 2016

With seven albums, four EPs, seven 7" vinyl records and one live set under its belt, the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr. Dog released its eighth full-length LP Friday. For this record, The Psychedelic Swamp, the band revisited and re-recorded songs from a set of experimental cassette recordings it had made in 2000.

Latin Roots: Monsieur Periné

Feb 4, 2016

Basia Bulat On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2016

Best known for her use of the autoharp, Basia Bulat loves stringed instruments, but she concentrated on keyboards for her latest album, Good Advice, which was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Bulat says she pushed herself out of her comfort zone to make her fourth album a pop record. Hear the Canadian singer-songwriter perform some of those new songs live on this episode of World Cafe.

Two neighbors — Donnie Fritts and John Paul White, both from Florence, Alabama — make veteran songwriter and session man Fritts' new album, Oh My Goodness, some of his best work yet.

World Cafe Next: Brooke Waggoner

Feb 1, 2016

Brooke Waggoner is like anyone with a day job and a rich other life doing what she really loves: making music. Except Waggoner's day job is in music, too — maybe backing fellow Nashville resident Jack White on keyboards, or fashioning string arrangements for the TV show Nashville.

Lettuce On World Cafe

Jan 29, 2016

The Brooklyn band Lettuce has been at it for two decades now, mixing funk with hip-hop beats and contributions from guest rappers. Its new album Crush was recorded while the group was on tour, most importantly in New Orleans.

Shemekia Copeland On World Cafe

Jan 28, 2016

Shemekia Copeland, daughter of the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, got her start when she first took the stage with him at age 8; she released her first album 10 years later. In this session, she explains that she's always had a powerful voice, but had to learn the subtleties of singing.

In this episode, Copeland performs at WXPN's Free At Noon concert, where she sings songs from her latest album, Outskirts Of Love.

Benjamin Clementine On World Cafe

Jan 27, 2016

A Mercury Prize-winning musician, Benjamin Clementine worked his way up from playing the streets of Paris to performing in clubs and festivals. Clementine's theatrical voice is often compared to that of Nina Simone, whom the singer admits he didn't know about until people mentioned the comparison.

Korey Dane On World Cafe

Jan 26, 2016

Southern California roots and folk singer-songwriter Korey Dane grew up listening to classic music from The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. But at a young age, he was also introduced to Tom Waits, who was his main inspiration to become a songwriter. Dane says he started writing to get away from the mundane of the day-to-day, and he's never stopped since.

Latin Roots: Essential Divas

Jan 22, 2016

For this Latin Roots segment, Catalina Maria Johnson of the Chicago radio program Beat Latino had the daunting task of picking just three of the many Latin divas to feature. You'll hear from the great Cuban singer Celia Cruz, Mexico's Chavela Vargas and Argentina's Mercedes Sosa.

Stream the complete segment and be sure to check out Johnson's Spotify playlist for more.

Watch: Dr. Dog, Live At World Cafe

Jan 21, 2016

The Philadelphia indie-rock sextet Dr. Dog returns to its formative years with the release of Psychedelic Swamp, a "new old" album that comes out Feb. 5. The collection is a re-recording of the band's long-out-of-print debut, which was produced at home on an 8-track in the late '90s and early '00s and self-released on cassette. Those hard-to-find early recordings capture Dr.

World Cafe Presents: 'Side Tracks'

Jan 19, 2016

Welcome to a week of World Cafe "Side Tracks," where we look back on past guests that came in for a session — not with their best-known band, but with a side project. In each session, we speak to the artists about juggling both acts and the origin story of their "other band." Stream the complete sessions below.

World Cafe Next: Eliza Hardy Jones

Jan 19, 2016

Eliza Hardy Jones has been a fixture on the Philadelphia music scene for years. She was part of the duo Buried Beds in the early 2000s, and has lent assistance on tour with other bands, including Strand Of Oaks. Jones' solo debut, Because Become, is a mature pop album she made with longtime producer Nick Krill, as well as Dave Hartley (who worked with The War On Drugs) and Brian McTear.

G. Love On World Cafe

Jan 15, 2016

Foals On World Cafe

Jan 14, 2016

Yannis Philippakis, lead singer of the U.K. indie-rock band Foals, is known for leaping off balconies at live shows. Though he didn't have the chance to stage-dive in the World Cafe studio, that didn't stop Foals from recording an amazing session of songs from the group's fourth and latest album, What Went Down.

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