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Sugar Tongue Slim On World Cafe

9 hours ago

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series is a perfect opportunity to feature the work of local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim, or S.T.S. He's just released S.T.S. X RJD2, a collaboration with the Philly DJ; it's a high point for both artists.

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

12 hours ago

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

Liz Longley On World Cafe

May 21, 2015

The latest installment in World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series features singer-songwriter Liz Longley. Now based in Nashville, she got her start in the Philly suburbs.

Longley played in local clubs before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Her musical travels led her to Nashville, where she used a Kickstarter campaign to make the album she always wanted.

The Golden Age Of Philly Soul On World Cafe

May 21, 2015

Philadelphia is experiencing an exciting wave of young rock acts, but it's almost certainly never going to top the impact of Philadelphia International Records and the work of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970s.

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

May 20, 2015

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series had to include Dr. Dog. The band formed in 2001 in West Philadelphia, built around the writing skills of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.

Hop Along On World Cafe

May 19, 2015

The Philadelphia band Hop Along started out with a folk sound back in 2004, when singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan began recording during her senior year of high school. Hop Along took on more of a rock edge in 2008 with the addition of her brother on drums; the group later added bassist Tyler Long and guitarist Joe Reinhardt.

The Districts On World Cafe

May 19, 2015

Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence formed The Districts in 2009, while they were still in high school; they released their debut album in 2012 and moved from Lititz, Penn., to Philly shortly thereafter.

World Cafe Next: Cayetana

May 18, 2015

The three women who form Cayetana — Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch — made a thrilling debut last year with Nervous Like Me. They're a big part of why Philly's homegrown rock scene has gotten so much attention lately.

Waxahatchee On World Cafe

May 18, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

May 14, 2015

Sleater-Kinney On World Cafe

May 13, 2015

Sleater-Kinney's triumphant 2015 began with the January release of No Cities To Love, the newly reunited band's first album since 2005's The Woods. On this episode of World Cafe, we'll hear excepts from a recent Sleater-Kinney concert in Paris and sit down with Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss to discuss their remarkable careers.

Rhett Miller On World Cafe

May 12, 2015

Rhett Miller has kept a solo career going concurrently with his day job as lead singer of the Old 97's. Miller's new album, The Traveler, was recorded with the help of Black Prairie, a band largely made up of moonlighting Decemberists members.

World Cafe Next: The Weather Station

May 11, 2015

The Weather Station is the work of Tamara Lindeman, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and actress in TV and film. Her third album, Loyalty, examines the many meanings behind its title; it was recorded in a decaying 19th-century mansion in France, where Lindeman played guitar, banjo, keys and vibes.

In this episode of World Cafe: Next, you can hear two songs from Loyalty — and download them as part of a podcast here.

Death Cab For Cutie On World Cafe

May 11, 2015

The title of Death Cab For Cutie's new album, Kintsugi, refers to the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using precious metals — the idea being that broken items can be made more valuable than they ever were before. It's an apt metaphor for what's gone on in the band's recent history, and in the life of singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard.

Latin Roots: Ana Tijoux

May 7, 2015

World Cafe features a special live edition of Latin Roots with a performance by the French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux. The set, which contains music from her latest album Vengo, was recorded at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Lady Lamb On World Cafe

May 6, 2015

Twin Shadow On World Cafe

May 5, 2015

Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Florida, releasing his first album in 2010; his third, Eclipse, came out in March.

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

May 4, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

The London Souls On World Cafe

May 4, 2015

The London Souls' members aren't from London; instead, they form a drum-and-guitar duo based in Brooklyn, where they carve their music out of the best of '60s psychedelic rock and soul.

Tash Neal (guitar) and Chris St. Hilaire (drums) have extraordinary communication live. On record, their music sounds like an undiscovered gem of British psychedelic rock or a lost Cream song.

The McCrary Sisters On World Cafe

Apr 30, 2015

Our guests today, the Nashville based gospel group The McCrary Sisters, have a new album produced by Buddy Miller called Let's Go. It's their third. They released their debut in 2011.

Jim White, the Southern-born filmmaker turned singer-songwriter turned novelist, has a new album — or at least half of one. Jim now lives in Athens, Ga., where he's become friends with a longtime local bluegrass group, The Packway Handle Band. When they asked him to produce their album, he said yes, but only if he could join the band and have them do some of his tunes. That's where the name of this project, Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band, comes from.

Dom La Nena On World Cafe

Apr 28, 2015

Dom La Nena is our guest today. She is a cello-playing singer-songwriter with a wonderfully soft, melodic style and a beautiful new record called Soyo. Born Dominique Pinto, she is originally from Brazil and traveled at an early age with her father to Paris, where she studied classical cello. She acquired her diminutive nickname as the youngest in her school.

Donny Osmond On World Cafe

Apr 27, 2015

If you're surprised that our World Cafe guest today is Donny Osmond, we can understand. After doing a little research, we decided that this former teen idol, television perennial and middle American mainstay might have some stories to tell.

The numbers say a lot: 100 million albums sold, 33 gold records, including 18 before he was 13 years old.

World Cafe Next: Monophonics

Apr 27, 2015

There is a quote on the website of our World Cafe: Next band this week, Monophonics. It's from Al Bell, the legendary one-time head of Stax Records: "One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!"

Actually, Al only got it half right. There are many more sides to the Monophonics. They are a psychedelic soul band from the San Francisco Bay Area that draws on many genres from the '60s and '70s, including psychedelic rock.

Latin Roots: Essential Cumbia

Apr 23, 2015

Of all the styles of Latin music we've been exploring on our Latin Roots Essential series, there are few that are more essential than cumbia. Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago's Beat Latino is up to the task of exploring this wide-ranging genre. She brings some great musical picks — and she made this extended Spotify playlist for your further enjoyment.

Judah & The Lion On World Cafe

Apr 23, 2015

Judah & the Lion join us live today. They're a three-piece band from Nashville consisting of of Judah Akers (vocals and guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin) and Nate Zuercher (banjo).

In 2011, like many new young bands from Music City, they met at Belmont University. After a couple of EPs, they released their debut full length, Kids These Days, in September of last year.

One thing you will note is how upbeat these guys are lyrically. There is no way you can leave a concert with Judah & the Lion without feeling better than when you arrived.

Feufollet On World Cafe

Apr 22, 2015

Feufollet are from Lafayette, Louisiana and have been together since the late '90s, when the members were just kids. At that point, thanks to time spent in French immersion school, the band played the French Cajun music repertoire.

Delta Rae On World Cafe

Apr 21, 2015

The Hölljes family has churned out some impressive musicians: Siblings Brittany, Ian and Eric Hölljes are at the heart of the North Carolina band Delta Rae. Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins share lead vocals in the group, while Ian and Eric Hölljes write the songs.

Delta Rae's first album, which included a cameo from Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, came out in 2012, and the band just released a new one called After It All. Here, Delta Rae performs some of its new songs onstage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

World Cafe Next: Emil Friis

Apr 20, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a Danish singer-songwriter named Emil Friis, who's just released a dark, vibe-driven album called Sand In Your Eyes. Friis originally wrote this music for a French gangster film that didn't pan out before it became his new album.

Friis aims for a combination of Ennio Morricone's dusty landscapes and Lee Hazlewood's vocals. Hear and download two of his songs here, or through the World Cafe podcast.

The Suffers On World Cafe

Apr 20, 2015

World Cafe's studio is rarely as crowded as it is during this session with the 10-piece Houston soul band The Suffers. An impeccably proficient group, it's got a tight rhythm section, airtight horn parts and a dynamic, energetic frontwoman in Kam Franklin.

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