World Cafe

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David Dye
David Dye

Since 1991, World Cafe®, has emerged as the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. This two-hour daily program is nationally syndicated to more than 165 markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye. A passionate music enthusiast, Dye takes listeners on a unique journey of musical discovery as he presents a mix of music from both new and legendary artists. Live performances and intimate interviews with Dye's musical guests highlight each day's show. The show's guest roster has included Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Dolly Parton, The Shins, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Ani Difranco, Damien Rice, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, REM, Rachael Yamagata, David Byrne, Yo Yo Ma, Billy Joel, Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Moby, Taj Mahal, and Coldplay, among hundreds of others.

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World Cafe
12:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Foxygen On World Cafe

Sam France of Foxygen.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Foxygen re-creates the shambolic pop brilliance of '60s and '70s rock music with casual virtuosity. The homage is so spot-on, in fact, that vocalist Sam France's wild live performances and the band's more outré sonic explorations might just be par for the course.

Either way, France broke at least one mic stand during his performance for World Cafe; he says that happens most nights. Earlier this year, France and bandmate Jonathan Rado released their third album as Foxygen, the double-length ...And Star Power.

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World Cafe
12:17 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Honeyblood On World Cafe

Honeyblood.
Laura Coulson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:39 am

Honeyblood's debut EP, Thrift Shop, was recorded in a bathroom and it sounds like it. There, fuzz shaded and refracted the emotion in singer-songwriter and guitarist Stina Tweeddale's unwavering voice. The Glaswegian duo — now Tweeddale and Cat Myers, after the departure of original drummer Shona McVicar — demonstrates that its songs are just as effective in high fidelity on its self-titled full-length debut.

Hear live version of songs from that record on today's episode of World Cafe.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lia Ices On World Cafe

Lia Ices.
Jersey Walz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:04 pm

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World Cafe
1:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad.
Courtesy of the artist

The Twilight Sad, the Scottish trio of singer James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine, makes thick-accented rock that can be rousing, bleak or both. The group has as much in common with the moody post-punk group Interpol as it does with its fellow Scots in Frightened Rabbit.

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World Cafe
1:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Milky Chance On World Cafe

Milky Chance.
David Ulrich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 10:09 am

Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.

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World Cafe
4:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Hip-Hop

Ana Tijoux.
Inti Gajardo G. Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:01 am

Josh Norek, co-host of The Latin Alternative and co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, joins World Cafe today to explore Latin hip-hop.

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

King Tuff On World Cafe

King Tuff.
Brittany Salerno XPN

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:02 am

Since he was a kid in Vermont, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas has been drawn to the layered, retro-leaning, guitar-driven sounds of garage-based pop and classic rock. His new album, Black Moon Spell, is filled with catchy power pop and chiming layers of guitars. On today's episode of World Cafe, Thomas and his road band perform songs from the record in the studio.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

J Mascis On World Cafe

J Mascis.
Justin Lapriore Courtesy of the artist

Dinosaur Jr.'s early albums (You're Living All Over Me, Bug, Where You Been) established a specific sound: whirling, layered, blown-out. At the time, it was some of the loudest — and prettiest — stuff around.

Frontman J Mascis' solo career, alternatively, has seen the guitarist and singer apply his dense, intricate fretwork to a quieter sonic spectrum. Mascis plays songs from his new album, Tied To A Star, on the World Cafe Live stage on today's episode of World Cafe.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Field Report On World Cafe

Field Report's Christopher Porterfield.
Brittany Salerno XPN

World Cafe's guest today is the Milwaukee band Field Report, named for an anagram of bandleader Chris Porterfield's last name. Before forming Field Report, Porterfield played with fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon — who now leads Bon Iver — in the band DeYarmond Edison. Porterfield opted to stay in Milwaukee when the rest of that group relocated to North Carolina.

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World Cafe
3:50 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

World Cafe Next: Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire.
Duran Castro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:08 pm

Jungle Fire keeps listeners on the dance floor. Like War or the British band Cymande back in the day, the L.A. group fuses Latin rhythms with funk, Afrobeat and jazz to produce an incendiary effect. The band's full-length debut, Tropicoso, came out earlier this year. Hear and download two songs from that album on today's episode of World Cafe: Next.

World Cafe
3:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Macy Gray On World Cafe

Macy Gray.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:10 pm

World Cafe's guest today is R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray. Her 1991 debut On How Life Is contained the massive hit "I Try," and she's released a string of solo records since. On her two most recent releases, Gray has turned to taking on the songs of others, including an album-length cover of Stevie Wonder's Talking Book.

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World Cafe
12:07 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Paolo Nutini On World Cafe

Paolo Nutini.
Shamil Tanna Courtesy of the artist

Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.

In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."

World Cafe
11:07 am
Wed October 29, 2014

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

John Mellencamp.
Courtesy of the artist

In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."

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World Cafe
10:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Annie Lennox.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:16 pm

One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.

Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: Alex G

Alex G.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:07 am

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.

World Cafe
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

James Williamson On World Cafe

James Williamson.
Tanya Alexis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:06 am

Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.

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World Cafe
3:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Jazz

Machito, Jose Mangual and Carlos Vidal in 1947.
William Gottlieb Library Of Congress

We welcome record producer Aaron Luis Levinson back to World Cafe's Latin Roots: Essentials series. This week, Levinson offers up his essential Latin jazz picks, starting with Duke Ellington's version of "Caravan." The song, written by Puerto Rican trombonist Juan Tizol, is a classic of the genre — one of the most enduring melodies in jazz, Latin music and beyond.

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World Cafe
12:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger On World Cafe

Hiss Golden Messenger.
Rich McKie XPN

World Cafe's guest today is Hiss Golden Messenger, the North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Barr Brothers On World Cafe

The Barr Brothers.
John Londono Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:36 pm

Montreal band The Barr Brothers formed in 2005 when singer and guitarist Brad Barr met concert harpist Sarah Page after hearing her practice through the wall of his apartment. He and his brother, Andrew Barr, had played together in Boston as The Slip. But The Barr Brothers, as an official group, only took form after Page joined.

Here, the band plays songs from its new album, Sleeping Operator.

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World Cafe
10:47 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

Jukebox The Ghost.
Eric Ryan Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:02 pm

Vocalist and pianist Ben Thornewill, singer-guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin met at George Washington University in 2003, then formed Jukebox The Ghost three years later. The D.C. pop band's self-titled fourth album comes out this week. In this interview and performance for World Cafe, Jukebox The Ghost tells guest host Michaela Majoun about placing piano in the foreground of its music, and explains how competition has been good for its songwriting.

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World Cafe
2:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:26 am

Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench formed The Stray Birds in Lancaster, Penn., in 2012, though they'd known each other and performed together in the city's tight-knit music community prior to that. The group's self-titled debut was well-received in folk circles, and was named one of NPR's Top 10 folk and Americana albums for 2012.

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World Cafe
1:22 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Budos Band On World Cafe

The Budos Band.
Justin Borucki Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:27 am

Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.

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World Cafe
11:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon And Bill Frisell On World Cafe

Sam Amidon (right) & Bill Frisell.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:58 am

Sam Amidon recycles music. The L.A.-based musician — he's originally from from Brattleboro, Vt., where his parents were both folk players — takes older songs, folk songs, and transforms them into his own music through rearrangement and sensitive performance.

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World Cafe
12:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Black Prairie On World Cafe

Black Prairie.
Jason Quigley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:03 pm

Fans of The Decemberists will be happy to hear that the band has a new album in the works, but that will surely put a crimp in the touring schedule of today's guest, Black Prairie. The Portland band, which recently released its third album, Fortune, features several of the non-Colin Meloy members of The Decemberists.

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World Cafe
10:46 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Bono On World Cafe

U2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:32 pm

U2 and singer Bono are accustomed to challenging their audience. In 1991, for example, Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV tour surprised the group's fans with a sharp left turn — in both sound and image — from 1988's Rattle And Hum.

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World Cafe
6:25 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

World Cafe Next: Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:58 am

You can't beat sibling harmony. Or "blood harmony" as sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz call their vocalizing. From Indianapolis, Lily & Madeleine will release their second album, Fumes, at the end of the month. As Madeleine says, "Fumes shows our transformation as musicians and as women, and was inspired by our experience on the road as well as the life experiences of people close to us. It's a perfect reflection of this stage of our lives."

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World Cafe
5:34 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Justin Townes Earle performs live at WXPN in Philadelphia.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:39 am

Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is back with a new album, Single Mothers, on a new label, Vagrant Records.

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World Cafe
2:51 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Latin Roots: Tango Essentials

Lidia Borda.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

On the latest installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, we examine the music of Argentina — specifically the tango. Musician Rachel Faro is here to tell us how tango, with its rich history, is much more than just songs. She plays pieces by classic tango singer Carlos Gardel and the more contemporary artist Lidia Borda.

World Cafe
1:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tweedy On World Cafe

Tweedy.
Chris Sikich XPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

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World Cafe
2:38 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Sounds Of Baltimore: Divine, Mama Cass And More

Divine, in John Waters' 1972 film Pink Flamingos.
Divine Heirs LLC

Erik Deatherage, host of WTMD's Morning Show, joins World Cafe for today's Sense Of Place to play songs by some of Baltimore's best musicians. With a tip of the hat to director John Waters, he starts with Divine's "Born To Be Cheap," then plays a song by the late Mama Cass and more in an eclectic set that touches on the city's diverse musical history.

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