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World Cafe Next: Brooke Annibale

15 hours ago

Originally from Pittsburgh, singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale recently moved back to her hometown after spending some time in Nashville, where she recorded her new album The Simple Fear. It's actually her fourth LP — she made her first at 17. Annibale's songs have been heard on TV shows like One Tree Hill and Vampire Diaries, and it's easy to hear why: Her sometimes dark lyrics form an interesting contrast with what many would describe as a "pretty" voice.

Latin Roots: Barcelona Jazz Festival

Oct 8, 2015

Latin Roots contributor Judy Cantor-Navas joins World Cafe from Barcelona to discuss the variety of music at the Barcelona Jazz Festival, which is running throughout the city from now through November.

Featured in this segment are Txarango and the Sant Andreu Jazz Band — check out this Spotify playlist to hear more of the acts performing at the festival.

Diane Coffee On World Cafe

Oct 7, 2015

Shaun Fleming is many things: He's the drummer for psych-pop band Foxygen, a former Disney voice actor and the irrepressible force behind Diane Coffee, which has just released its second album, Everybody's A Good Dog.

Ashley Monroe On World Cafe

Oct 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Darlingside

Oct 5, 2015

The New England folk band Darlingside, which was recently featured in World Cafe's preview of this year's Americana Music Festival, evolved from a larger group that formed when its members attended Williams College in Massachusetts.

Join World Cafe host David Dye for a live session with pop-rock singer Grace Potter today, Oct. 5, at 1:15pm ET. The leader of the Nocturnals will perform music from her new solo album Midnight, which showcases Potter's ever-confident belting while keeping rock 'n' roll at its core.

Glen Hansard On World Cafe

Oct 2, 2015

Yo La Tengo On World Cafe

Oct 1, 2015

Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise On World Cafe

Sep 30, 2015

Throughout her career, Wynonna Judd has stood in country music's spotlight. Performing as The Judds, she and her mother Naomi topped the country singles charts 14 times in the '80s. When Wynonna released her first solo album in 1992, she scored another three No. 1 hits, including the top song of that year, "I Saw The Light." (Yes, it even outperformed "Achy Breaky Heart.")

Sam Lee On World Cafe

Sep 29, 2015

Sam Lee and friends are in the World Cafe studio today for a set of lovingly updated British folk music. Lee made his name by collecting, restoring and sharing ancient music from Britain and Ireland, as well as the Roma (Gypsy) and Irish Traveler communities. Before releasing his first album in 2012, Lee immersed himself in music: Unsatisfied with songbooks and rare recordings, he sought out people who knew the songs and learned them firsthand.

World Cafe Next: Edward David Anderson

Sep 28, 2015

The music of Edward David Anderson feels well-worn. But the man who's been making it since 1997 — both on his own and with the bands Backyard Tire Fire and Brother Jed — really found his home when he arrived in L.A. (Lower Alabama, that is.)

Ian McLagan On World Cafe

Sep 28, 2015

It's bittersweet to replay this session with Ian McLagan from 2005. The British keyboardist, who died in December 2014, was known as Mac to all of his friends — and if you met him, he was your friend. McLagan was a force for fun, and his gigs in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, were always rowdy.

Patty Griffin On World Cafe

Sep 25, 2015

Setting sun, wind and waves and hills — these are all elements of the lyrics on Patty Griffin's new album, Servant Of Love. She says those references come from noticing the spiritual interconnection between nature and humans, which she says makes it harder to be cynical.

Latin Roots: Celebrating Catalan Music

Sep 24, 2015

Writer Judy Cantor-Navas recently moved to Barcelona, Spain, an area dominated by Catalan culture. Ahead of Catalonia's parliamentary election Sunday, she shares some distinctively Catalan music with us.

Check out the extended Spotify playlist for more.

Youth Lagoon On World Cafe

Sep 24, 2015

Youth Lagoon is the work of indie-pop artist Trevor Powers, whose new album, Savage Hills Ballroom, is the third in a series showcasing his strong melodic sense as well as his experimental side. Powers says the death of a good friend at home in Boise, Idaho, led him to rethink how he dealt with emotional discomfort, which in turn helped him make better art. He spent two months with producer Ali Chant in Bristol, England to record Savage Hills Ballroom.

Silversun Pickups On World Cafe

Sep 23, 2015

World Cafe welcomes back Silver Lake, Calif., band Silversun Pickups, whose new album, Better Nature, comes out Friday. The shoegazey band's 2006 debut, Carnavas, contained modern-rock staples like "Lazy Eye" and "Well Thought Out Twinkles," and was a major success that started the band on its way.

Kamasi Washington On World Cafe

Sep 22, 2015

Kamasi Washington, a 34-year-old saxophonist from Los Angeles, is changing the way people think about jazz. His sprawling three-disc debut album, The Epic, is selling well alongside softer, more commercial jazz fare, and his recent East Coast tour drew impressive crowds.

World Cafe Next: Promised Land Sound

Sep 21, 2015

NPR Music's Ann Powers turned World Cafe on to the Nashville band Promised Land Sound last year, just in time for the Americana Music Festival. At that time, the trio could have been labeled country-rock, but on its new album, For Use And Delight, it leans more toward the "rock" side of the equation.

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2015

Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr.'s long-awaited new album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim, came out last week. It's Clark's first album since his debut, 2012's Blak & Blu, which spawned many festival appearances in the last few years.

Keith Richards On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2015

It's a good day when you get a chance to talk with Keith Richards and hear that gruff laugh live. On this episode of World Cafe, Richards discusses Crosseyed Heart, his first new solo album in more than 20 years.

JD Souther On World Cafe

Sep 17, 2015

JD Souther is a songwriter's songwriter, best known for the songs he wrote and co-wrote for The Eagles — songs like "Heartache Tonight," "Best Of My Love" and the one he performs live on this episode of World Cafe, "New Kid In Town."

World Cafe's 2015 Americana Fest Preview

Sep 16, 2015

As the annual Americana Music Festival gets under way in Nashville, NPR Music is webcasting tonight's awards ceremony, with Jim Lauderdale hosting and an all-star band led by Buddy Miller.

Lera Lynn On World Cafe

Sep 16, 2015

The annual Americana Music Festival is taking place in Nashville this week, with an awards ceremony this evening and big concerts and showcases to follow all week long.

One of the people performing is Lera Lynn, World Cafe's guest today. She developed an instant audience through her performances on this season of HBO's True Detective — many discovered her singing in the background in the dive bar The Black Rose while the action took place.

The Silver Lake Chorus On World Cafe

Sep 15, 2015

It's safe to say The Silver Lake Chorus probably sings cooler songs than your high-school chorus did. Silver Lake, Calif., the chorus' home, is a popular spot among musicians.

World Cafe Next: Phil Cook

Sep 14, 2015

Most often found as a bandmate or a collaborator, Phil Cook is rarely out front. His best-known project, Megafaun, formed when he and other members of the legendary Eau Claire, Wisc., band DeYarmond Edison relocated to North Carolina. Cook has found many like-minded musicians there — for example, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, with whom he's collaborated extensively.

Beirut On World Cafe

Sep 11, 2015

From the beginning, the work of Zach Condon and Beirut has been put together in a startlingly inventive style. Condon loves Balkan brass, so he made it part of his music, learning to play the instruments in order to produce the sound he'd heard in his head.

Ben Folds On World Cafe

Sep 10, 2015

Ben Folds has worn many musical hats, including pop-rock pianist and a cappella patron. On his new album, So There, he sets out in yet another direction by pairing a piano concerto he recorded with the Nashville Symphony and a batch of songs he wrote in collaboration with New York chamber ensemble yMusic. It's not classical and it certainly isn't rock — call it baroque pop.

Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2015

On one level, Low Cut Connie seems far removed from folk music. There wasn't an acoustic guitar in sight during the band's Philadelphia Folk Festival performance. But its straight-ahead rock 'n' roll sound, propelled by Adam Weiner's piano, certainly puts it next in line of a tradition of classic bar bands.

Tall Heights On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2015

Tall Heights makes its World Cafe debut with a set recorded live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Tim Harrington (guitar and vocals) and Paul Wright (cello and vocals) started out playing as a duo on Boston streets, where they entranced passerby with their gorgeous harmonies and the unique interplay of cello and guitar. Even though Tall Heights is now a quartet, the intimacy remains.

Hear the band perform two songs from its forthcoming EP, Holding On, Holding Out, due in October.

Lindi Ortega On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2015

Going into Lindi Ortega's performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, we already knew that the Toronto country singer's new album, Faded Gloryville, was full of great songwriting. What we weren't prepared for? How tight and roadworthy her band is. Listen to this fantastic performance of some of Ortega's best yet, recorded live under the stars for World Cafe.