World Cafe

Weeknights 7-9PM

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: Margaret Glaspy

Apr 11, 2016

Margaret Glaspy, a singer-songwriter originally from California, is about to release her debut full-length, Emotions And Math. After high school, Glaspy received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music for one semester. Once that scholarship ran out, she hung around Boston for a while, soaking up master classes and workshops, before moving to New York City to refine her songwriting.

Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe

Apr 8, 2016

Mayer Hawthorne may live in Southern California now, but you can't miss the influences of his hometown of Detroit in his music. He's a fan of hip-hop, Motown, old soul and even Steely Dan, and it all comes out in his slick R&B.

Latin Roots: Boogaloo

Apr 7, 2016

Producer Aaron Levinson joins World Cafe for a Latin Roots discussion of boogaloo, the Latin music and dance craze that burst out of New York City in the mid-1960s. The elders might have been threatened by this new sound, which boasted English-language lyrics, but the kids didn't care. Levinson spins a couple of crossover hits in the segment above; check out his Spotify playlist for further boogaloo favorites.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down joins World Cafe for a set recorded live from lead singer Thao Nguyen's home in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band recently released its fourth album, A Man Alive, which was produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. Nguyen says the title alludes to her ongoing estrangement from her father.

Hear the full conversation and performance in the player above.

The world of country music has lost a man who has influenced practically every country artist making music today. The legendary Merle Haggard, born in 1937, died Wednesday morning on his 79th birthday.

Josh Rosenthal is a music fan who has worn many hats over the years. He's been a DJ and a major-label promotion man; today, he's the owner and guiding light behind Tompkins Square, a label that primarily releases reissues. Rosenthal's new memoir, The Record Store Of The Mind, explores the music he discovers, falls in love with and reissues, plus much more from his years of crate-digging.

Sunflower Bean On World Cafe

Apr 6, 2016

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Apr 5, 2016

Originally from Maine, Ray LaMontagne began his career in 2004; his first album, Trouble, was a widely beloved success. Since then, LaMontagne has worked with an assortment of producers and bands, challenging them — and himself — to something different each time.

Watch Live: The Lumineers In Concert

Apr 5, 2016

Even if you don't know much else about Denver folk-rock band The Lumineers, you definitely know "Ho Hey." After the band released its self-titled debut in 2012, that stomp-along single became ubiquitous, and helped make The Lumineers an instant summer-festival mainstay.

World Cafe Next: Birds Of Chicago

Apr 4, 2016

This week's World Cafe: Next discovery is Birds Of Chicago, a group centered on the voices of Allison Russell and JT Nero. The band began in 2012 when Nero started writing songs for Russell, who'd previously been in the Canadian roots group Po'Girl.

Bob Moog, the electronic-music pioneer and inventor of the synthesizer that bears his name, loved Asheville, N.C., and lived there for years. That's why the Moog Foundation, run by his daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa, is located there. In this segment, Moog-Koussa discusses her father's relationship to the area and his history as an inventor. Check out the Spotify playlist on this page for more Moog-centric music.

Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith grew up with Appalachian music, having been carried by their artist parents to festivals and mountain-music gatherings around the Asheville, N.C., area. The banjo- and fiddle-playing sisters embraced that music in their own way and formed the band Rising Appalachia in 2005. Their latest album is last year's Wider Circles.

Ben Harper's work with his longtime backing band, The Innocent Criminals, dates back to 1993. Percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboard player Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward joined Harper in most of his musical endeavors until 2008, when the band went on hiatus. In 2015, The Innocent Criminals reunited for a run of shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco — and discovered that Harper had been working on a slew of material for a new record.

Sense Of Place Asheville: The Honeycutters

Mar 31, 2016

The Honeycutters, a long-running Americana band from Asheville, N.C., is coming into its own with a new album, On The Ropes. The group is centered on the voice and songs of Amanda Anne Platt, who has a way with a heartbreak tune.

Craftspeople and artists look to Asheville, N.C., as a center of creativity and make up a big part of the area's identity. They've flocked to the city's River Arts District, which houses several art studios and has become a destination for visitors.

During World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Asheville, N.C., we spent a lot of time recording sessions at a beautiful set of studios downtown called Echo Mountain. There are two main rooms: the original studio, built in a chapel complete with stained glass; and the annex, which boasts an even larger room. Echo Mountain's client list is filled with local and national bands, and almost everyone we taped for Sense Of Place had recorded there before.

Sense Of Place Asheville: Tyler Ramsey

Mar 29, 2016

Steep Canyon Rangers' members are rightly revered in North Carolina bluegrass circles. Known in the wider world as comedian and banjo player Steve Martin's band, the group is also a formidable, Grammy-winning force on its own.

Joe Kendrick is the program director at WNCW, World Cafe's affiliate in Spindale, N.C. The station's wide geographic coverage (North Carolina, South Carolina and into Tennessee) is matched by the breadth of the music it features. WNCW dives into Americana, blues and bluegrass, and even broadcasts a Sunday-afternoon old-time show.

As part of World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Asheville, N.C., we sat down with Alli Marshall, an editor and writer at local weekly paper Mountain Xpress and the author of the novel How To Talk To Rockstars, to hear what makes her city unique. She says Asheville residents approach music, crafts, arts, architecture and even beer with a reverent desire to keep the city their own.

Brooklyn's Lucius played the Radio Day Stage at SXSW 2016 last week, performing songs from its new album, Good Grief, as well as favorites from 2014's Wildewoman. Always fashionable, always fun and always in great vocal form, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sounded sensational as they played "Madness" and "Truce," both from Good Grief. Watch below via VuHaus.


After traveling all the way from West Africa, Bombino added some international psychedelic rock 'n' roll flavor to the SXSW Radio Day Stage in Austin last week. The incredible guitarist has found a worldwide audience thanks to albums like 2013's Dan Auerbach-produced Nomad.

After flying into Austin from Bath, England, the psychedelic funk and retro soul band The Heavy performed a high-energy set of songs drawn mostly from its new album, Hurt & The Merciless, out April 1. The album is the group's first new release since 2012 — hence lead singer Kelvin Swaby's comment, "Thanks for being here, we've been away for a while."

The Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches brought a stripped-down setup to its SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase Friday, as it rearranged new and old songs in a nuanced, more minimal fashion compared to the arena-ready sound of the trio's albums. Chvrches peppered its five-song set for VuHaus with songs from its most recent album, Every Open Eye, as well as its 2014 debut, The Bones Of What You Believe.

This week, World Cafe rebroadcasts some of its best sessions from the last several months. Listen in for some conversations and performances that garnered a lot of interest when they originally aired.

Madrid garage rockers Hinds closed out the SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase with a spirited and fun set of songs from the band's debut album, Leave Me Alone. The all-women four-piece captures the punky spirit of The Runaways and the pop smarts of The Bangles. Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote lead the band with a magnetic charm that's enhanced by their Spanish accents and irresistible smiles.

Mary Guibert, mother of the late Jeff Buckley, joins World Cafe to share selections from You and I, a newly released set of demos Buckley recorded in 1993. She says her son was in the process of finding his voice during that time, just before the 1994 release of his only studio album, Grace.