World Cafe

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Hosted by radio veteran and music enthusiast David Dye, World Cafe presents up to ten hours each week of new and significant music and the artists who create it.

Serving up a blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country, live performances, and intimate interviews, the two-hour daily program is produced by WXPN-FM in Philadelphia.

World Cafe Next: Bonnie Bishop

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Many have discovered Bonnie Bishop through Bonnie Raitt, who recorded Bishop's song "Not Cause I Wanted To" on her latest album, Dig In Deep. But Bishop's own new album, Ain't Who I Was, is a treat in and of itself. Produced by Nashville superproducer Dave Cobb, the album is reminiscent of the sound of Dusty Springfield's classic Dusty In Memphis in the way it straddles the line between soul and country.

While writing for Rolling Stone in the mid-'90s, Rich Cohen got an enviable assignment: basically, to embed himself with The Rolling Stones during their tour behind Voodoo Lounge. It was the start of a relationship that's given Cohen a unique vantage point to write his new Stones history, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones. Cohen's perspective is also shaped — favorably — by the fact that he didn't grow up with The Rolling Stones' music in the '60s and '70s.

Charles Bradley On World Cafe

May 27, 2016

Charles Bradley isn't exactly reviving soul music — the rest of us are just catching up with how he has always sung. The soul singer, who's originally from Brooklyn, saw James Brown on stage at the Apollo in 1962 and was transfixed.

Quilt On World Cafe

May 26, 2016

The Brooklyn-based band Quilt has really solidified its sound on its new album, Plaza. The band, which was often labeled "psychedelic" when it started in Boston, has written some more straightforward, hooky songs for Plaza.

Songhoy Blues On World Cafe

May 25, 2016

Songhoy Blues started when, displaced from their homes in the north of Mali, members Garba Touré, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré fled Timbuktu in 2012 and traveled to Bamako, where they decided to form a band to play for fellow refugees. Songhoy Blues' instrumentation — two guitars, bass and drums —represents a younger person's take on more traditional desert-blues bands.

The mountain hamlet of Woodstock in upstate New York was well known as an artists' colony even before the mid-'60s influx of musicians. In fact, it was known well enough among the musicians who lived there, particularly Bob Dylan, that it lent its name to the famous festival that actually took place many miles away.

Beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 20, watch Esmé Patterson, Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, Car Seat Headrest, Band of Horses and more perform at World Cafe Live as part of Philadelphia's 2016 Non-COMMvention.

The show is streaming live on VuHaus, a website that publishes studio sessions and concerts from public-radio stations across the country. Find the complete line-up below.


The Cactus Blossoms

Snarky Puppy On World Cafe

May 20, 2016

With all the genre and style possibilities that are a part of its music, the Brooklyn band Snarky Puppy is happy just to be called an "instrumental band." It's the only label inclusive enough to encompass the band's fusion of rock, jazz and funk. Snarky Puppy is in its element when it's performing live, and it's often recorded its albums that way: live in the studio, often with an audience.

Starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 20, watch British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae and country-folk veteran Mary Chapin Carpenter perform at World Cafe Live as part of Philadelphia's 2016 Non-COMMvention.

The show is streaming live on VuHaus, a website that publishes studio sessions and concerts from public radio stations around the country.


Corinne Bailey Rae

Beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 19, watch folk-pop band The Head And The Heart, new collaborators Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, garage-country singer Aubrie Sellers and more perform at World Cafe Live as part of Philadelphia's 2016 Non-COMMvention.

The show is streaming live on VuHaus, a website that publishes studio sessions and concerts from public-radio stations across the country. Find the complete line-up below.


Maybird

Latin Roots: Gepe

May 19, 2016

Gepe is the stage name for Chilean singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Riveros, who's been described as the "guru of indie folk" for his driving indie pop involving elements of Andean folk. Riveros attributes the creativity in the Chilean indie-music scene to an "anything goes" attitude of experimentation that permeates the first post-dictatorship generation in his home country.

Starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 19, watch roots-rock singer-songwriter Kevin Morby and veteran English rock band The Zombies perform at World Cafe Live as part of Philadelphia's 2016 Non-COMMvention.

Watch public-radio favorites Yeasayer, The Jayhawks, Bonnie Raitt, Kurt Vile and more perform live at the 2016 Non-COMMvention at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The show is streaming on VuHaus, a new website that publishes studio sessions and concerts from public radio stations around the country. Find the full line-up below.


Yeasayer

Tortoise On World Cafe

May 18, 2016

It's been more than 20 years since the post-rock instrumental band Tortoise released its first album. Now, the beloved Chicago group has a new album called The Catastrophist, which grew out of a commission the band received from the city of Chicago itself to write and perform material that saluted the city's rich history of improvisational music. The purposefully loose structures Tortoise developed for that project took on a somewhat more defined shape as The Catastrophist.

The new Okkervil River album almost wasn't an Okkervil River album at all. That's how the band's lead singer and songwriter, Will Sheff, explains it. "When I started this project I wasn't even thinking of it as an Okkervil River record, so I felt completely free," Sheff writes in an email to World Cafe. "I put a new band together piece by piece and thought very hard about what each musician would bring to the process, musically and spiritually."

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones On World Cafe

May 17, 2016

As soon as Los Angeles singer Kelly Jones heard Teddy Thompson's voice on the radio, she vowed that she would one day sing with him. That vow came to fruition on their new album, Little Windows.

Remembering Country Craftsman Guy Clark

May 17, 2016

Grammy winner, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and Academy of Country Music Poet's Award honoree Guy Clark has died at 74 after a long battle with illness. Born in Monahans, Texas, Clark was exposed mainly to mariachi music until he moved to Houston and worked the folk-music circuit. It was there that he developed his own style of blues-infused folk-country, and in 1975, he released his debut album, Old No. 1.

World Cafe Next: Kyle Craft

May 16, 2016

As he was growing up in Shreveport, La., Kyle Craft's primary source of musical inspiration was a David Bowie greatest-hits compilation that he brought home from a big-box store. Years later, Craft tried outrunning the heartbreak of the end of a relationship and moved to Portland, Ore., where he made a series of home recordings that have become his debut album, Dolls Of Highland.

The Heavy On World Cafe

May 13, 2016

From the start, British band The Heavy, from Bath, England, has been successful in bringing a retro-soul sound to indie rock. The band's 2009 debut album contained "How You Like Me Now?", a song beloved by music supervisors and heard in shows like The Vampire Diaries, Entourage, and Community.

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop On World Cafe

May 12, 2016

Collaboration is nothing new to Sam Beam of Iron and Wine: He has recorded with Calexico and recently made an album of cover songs with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses. For Beam's new album with Jesca Hoop, Love Letter For Fire, he says he wanted to try it differently.

Rokia Traore On World Cafe

May 11, 2016

Rokia Traoré wasn't supposed to be a musician at all; it was discouraged among the noble caste of Mali's Bambara ethnic group, into which she was born. But, like musicians everywhere, she was also born with the drive to create. Against tradition, she started playing in college and was noticed by the revered Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, who helped her immensely in the early 2000s.

Santana On World Cafe

May 10, 2016

Carlos Santana has just returned with a new album featuring his original band, which split up in 1972 — including guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rollie (both of whom left to form Journey), Michael Shrieve on drums, and Michael Carabello on percussion.

In this episode of World Cafe, Carlos Santana tells the story of how the group's new album, Santana IV, came together. He also discusses the new instrumental "Fillmore East," which was influenced by the legendary music venue.

World Cafe Next: Kwesi Foraes

May 9, 2016

23-year-old Long Beach, Calif., singer-songwriter Kwesi Foraes' debut EP, 27, reveals blues, R&B and folk influences and an incredible level of emotional depth. Foraes says the aftermath of family turmoil and death affected these songs, which also explore the addictive nature of love. Hear two songs in this week's World Cafe Next segment, above.

Grant-Lee Phillips On World Cafe

May 6, 2016

Grant-Lee Phillips has been a Californian practically his whole life. But in 2013, 20 years after World Cafe first met him and his band Grant Lee Buffalo, Phillips moved his family to Nashville. His new album, The Narrows, reflects the move. With songs like "Cry Cry," Phillips tells the story of his Native American ancestors, who were from that region of the country.

Latin Roots: Carrie Rodriguez

May 5, 2016

Carrie Rodriguez is a fiddle-playing singer and songwriter from Texas who first became known with a series of duo albums she made with Chip Taylor. She's been recording solo in English for a while, but her new album, Lola, is purposefully bilingual.

Ben Harper recorded with the Innocent Criminals from 1997 through his 2007 album, Lifeline. Since then, he's worked solo and with Relentless7 — until now. The Innocent Criminals join Harper on his new album, Call It What It Is.

Winterpills On World Cafe

May 3, 2016

Two distinct strains of music might come to mind when one thinks of the western Massachusetts hamlet of Northampton and the surrounding area. One is the singer-songwriter scene centered around the venue The Iron Horse and the Signature Sounds label. The other is the loud rock scene conjured by J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr.

World Cafe Next: Black Pistol Fire

May 2, 2016

Black Pistol Fire is the stomping, blues-inflected duo of Kevin McKeown on guitar and lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums. Originally from Toronto, the two now call Austin home. Black Pistol Fire's fourth album, Don't Wake The Riot, comes out later this month.

Parquet Courts On World Cafe

May 1, 2016

It turns out that Parquet Courts' most recent two albums were actually recorded at the same time. As guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Andrew Savage explains, the band's 2015 EP, Monastic Living, was a mostly instrumental "palate cleanser" that prepared him and songwriting partner Austin Brown to record this year's Human Performance.

Each month, we ask music curators at public radio stations across the country to introduce us to one new song they can't stop spinning. In April, these denizens of the left side of the dial loved songs by Brooklyn electric-folk band Big Thief, Philadelphia power-pop quintet Sheer Mag, Louisiana garage-rock outfit Seratones and more. Hear all 10 selections below.

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