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Sam Beam & Ben Bridwell On World Cafe

Aug 20, 2015

On this episode of World Cafe, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses perform each other's songs.

Josh Rouse On World Cafe

Aug 19, 2015

Born in Nebraska, Josh Rouse released his first album in Nashville in 1998, at age 26. Now, 17 years later, Rouse has a new album called The Embers Of Time. This one, too, was recorded mostly in Nashville, but also in Spain, where he moved in 2005. He still lives there with his wife, Spanish artist Paz Suay.

Calexico On World Cafe

Aug 18, 2015

What started in the '90s as a collaboration between drummer John Convertino and singer-songwriter Joey Burns has ended up, some 20 years later, as the tremendous and seasoned band Calexico. Here, the duo performs a live set from the stage of World Cafe Live, recorded during last spring's NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia.

World Cafe Next: Martha Scanlan

Aug 17, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a folksinger who has been living on a family ranch in Montana for the last five years. Her name is Martha Scanlan, and after releasing her first two albums, she embraced a rural lifestyle with no music on her mind. But music came anyway.

The Bird And The Bee On World Cafe

Aug 17, 2015

It's hard not to use the word "effervescent" when describing the jazzy pop music of The Bird And The Bee. The duo of singer Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin started working together in 2006, and since then Kurstin has worked with the likes of Sia and Lily Allen, while George has begun singing with The Living Sisters.

Latin Roots: Gina Chavez

Aug 13, 2015

World Cafe's Latin Roots segment today features a performance by bilingual Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez. Chavez's latest album, Up-Rooted, has been well-received in her hometown, where she won the Austin Music Award for Artist Of The Year, among other honors.

Langhorne Slim On World Cafe

Aug 13, 2015

Langhorne Slim, a.k.a. Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter Sean Skolnick, returns to World Cafe to perform songs from his new album, The Spirit Moves. Slim released his debut album in 2008, back when he was a solo artist; nowadays, he performs with a full band called Langhorne Slim & The Law.

In this World Cafe session — recorded at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia — Slim talks about his new life in Nashville, making a record sober for the first time, and the endorsement deal he signed based on his trademark hat.

The Weather Station On World Cafe

Aug 12, 2015

The Weather Station, led by Canadian artist Tamara Lindeman, has drawn an extraordinary amount of praise for the new album Loyalty.

Ike Reilly On World Cafe

Aug 11, 2015

Ike Reilly returns to World Cafe with songs from his seventh album, Born On Fire. A cocky, charming rock 'n' roll singer from the Chicago area, Reilly shares a hometown with the late comedian Chris Farley, whose new biopic features a song from Reilly's new album.

In this episode of World Cafe, Reilly tells the story of the hard-drive crash that ate the first recordings of his new album — plus, of course, he and his band The Ike Reilly Assassination perform live.

World Cafe Next: Liz Vice

Aug 10, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Liz Vice, a singer-songwriter from Portland, Ore., who learned to sing in church. Growing up, Vice had dreams of working as a filmmaker, but her dreams were put off when autoimmune disease led to a series of medical setbacks in her teens; she finally received a kidney transplant. Vice will release her debut album, There's A Light, on Sept. 25.

SOAK On World Cafe

Aug 10, 2015

Bridie Monds-Watson is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland. She just released her debut album as SOAK, titled Before We Forgot How To Dream, which contains songs written when she was as young as 14. Monds-Watson writes forcefully and thoughtfully about topics like divorce and bullying, while wrapping her words in gorgeous arrangements.

Anderson East On World Cafe

Aug 5, 2015

Crooks On World Cafe

Aug 4, 2015

World Cafe's guest today is a Texas-style, hard-rocking country band. Based in Austin, Crooks formed in 2007 as a duo that played folk and country; in the years that followed, it developed a bolder and louder honky-tonk sound. You can hear that sound on Wildfire, just out, and in this studio session recorded for World Cafe.

World Cafe Next: The Wooden Sky

Aug 3, 2015

Six albums in, World Cafe catches up with the Toronto band The Wooden Sky for this segment. The group, led by singer-songwriter Gavin Gardiner, has a new album called Let's Be Ready. The Wooden Sky describes its own music as "fuzz folk," which you can hear for yourself in the World Cafe: Next podcast, available on the show's Tumblr.

Jonathan Edwards On World Cafe

Aug 3, 2015

Jonathan Edwards has been standing on stages with his guitar, harmonica and clear voice for 50 years. In this session for World Cafe, he does it again. Edwards' new album, Tomorrow's Child, was recorded in Nashville with help from the likes of Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, but his early work — dating back to 1971 — still rings.

To wrap up World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Stockholm, we talked with the charming Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit in Philadelphia just last week. Sisters Klara and Johanna Soderburg sat down to discuss their impression of Stockholm growing up right outside of it — including early busking excursions to the city to finance new hair color.

Today we have a lengthy conversation with The Tallest Man on Earth, the stage name for Swedish artist Kristian Matsson, as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm continues. Matsson started making folk-inspired music on his own in 2006, recording by himself and giving charismatic one-man performances. He added instruments and other players for the first time on his new album, Dark Bird Is Home, expanding the sonic possibilities.

Our former World Cafe: Next artists Small Feet are our guests as part of our Sense of Place — Stockholm series. Songwriter Simon Stålhamre, who leads the band, has been making music from an early age, but he only recently got the courage to make his first album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean.

Peter Bjorn and John, the band that brought whistling back to pop music with their 2006 hit "Young Folks" and its award-winning video, are our first guests as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm begins. This session was recorded at X-Level studio in Stockholm with our World Cafe travel adventurers in attendance. The band has not released a new album in four years and is still in the midst of writing a new one, making this live performance even more exciting.

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is an LA band centered on the songwriting and vision of Trevor Beld Jimenez. The band achieves a barefoot, breezy looseness with their music, and it makes sense that Jimenez has a love for the LA music scene of the 1970s. This comes through on Tightropes, the album released earlier this year, especially with Jimenez's clear, wandering voice.

The Deslondes On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2015

Although it sure sounds it, nothing the New Orleans roots band The Deslondes does is easy. It's not easy to seamlessly play such a variety of music, from country to R&B and everything in between — and it's certainly not easy to have five singers and writers in one band and to operate as a collective.

Penelope Spheeris On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2015

The 1980s in LA were a tumultuous time musically. A number of homegrown movements formed in reaction to the over-produced, corporate music scene, and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris was there to document these beginnings with a series of three extraordinary films titled The Decline of Western Civilization. The first is on the LA punk scene and came out to unanimous praise in 1979. She used extreme filmmaking methods, got inside the nascent scene with her camera and at times seemingly dove off the stage in small venues.

World Cafe Next: Kevin Gordon

Jul 20, 2015

Our World Cafe: Next artist Kevin Gordon has been releasing albums since 2001, and his new one coming out in September, Long Gone Time, is a great example of the swampy rock he favors. Pay attention to his lyrics: After a punk rock youth in Monroe, La., he went on to graduate with a master's from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Gordon lives in Nashville now, and he can't shake his love of punk, poetry or Southern blues.

Warren Haynes On World Cafe

Jul 20, 2015

Warren Haynes is best known for playing lead guitar for Gov't Mule and being in the final lineup of The Allman Brothers Band, who recently put their career to bed with a last series of concerts at The Beacon Theater in New York. Meanwhile, Haynes has been making solo studio albums, each with a distinct style. His last one, 2011's Man in Motion, was his soul album.

For World Cafe's latest Latin Roots segment, Ernesto Lechner from The Latin Alternative is here to discuss progressive salsa. This 1970s music was influenced by the burgeoning prog-rock movement in the U.K. and the U.S., and, as Lechner puts it, there was a conscious effort to be as experimental as possible. He'll play a couple of examples (and include a Spotify playlist) on this page.

Aero Flynn On World Cafe

Jul 16, 2015

The Eaux Claires music festival — a celebration of the musical community surrounding the Eau Claire, Wis., area — begins Friday, and the World Cafe studios are filled with musicians who call the city home.

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