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Angaleena Presley On World Cafe

Feb 18, 2015

A member of the best-selling trio Pistol Annies — alongside Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert — Angaleena Presley knows what it was like to grow up a coal miner's daughter in Beauty, Ky. Those experiences helped inform the stories she tells on her solo debut, American Middle Class, which came out last year. On this episode of World Cafe, she discusses the album and sings a few of its songs.

Owen Pallett On World Cafe

Feb 17, 2015

Owen Pallett made wonderful, genre-defying music under the name Final Fantasy, then began recording albums like last year's In Conflict under his own name. He sings, composes and arranges songs marked by elaborately looped sounds, particularly violin lines.

Pallett has toured extensively with Arcade Fire, on whose albums he's contributed dating back to Funeral. In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the score to the film Her. This appearance on World Cafe features songs from In Conflict.

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

Feb 17, 2015

The Lone Bellow joins World Cafe today to perform in front of a live audience. The Brooklyn folk-rock trio has roots in the American South, with stories and images from its ancestral home permeating the songs on both The Lone Bellow's self-titled 2013 debut and this year's Then Came The Morning. The new disc was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner.

Between bits of enlightening conversation, The Lone Bellow gives an energetic performance of three songs from the new album, recorded at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.

The Stray Birds On World Cafe

Feb 12, 2015

Latin Roots: Canciones De Cuna

Feb 12, 2015

In World Cafe's newest Latin Roots segment, Rachel Faro returns to discuss lullabies, or canciones de cuna. Many of these songs are passed down from grandmothers to babies and end up becoming songs that everyone knows. Faro will play a couple of examples, and then you can explore her Spotify playlist if you truly need to drift off to sleep.

Horse Feathers On World Cafe

Feb 11, 2015

The Portland folk-pop band Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, showcases a lively, even aggressive sound. It's a much different approach than the one taken during the group's previous visit to World Cafe. Bandleader Justin Ringle presides over a full-band sound that's more cohesive than ever, and you can hear that quality in this upbeat session.

Punch Brothers On World Cafe

Feb 10, 2015

If you saw the concert film Another Day, Another Time — the companion movie to the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis — you saw today's World Cafe guest. Punch Brothers performed as the house band, accompanying a wide range of folk and roots-music acts.

Its new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, extends well beyond Punch Brothers' bluegrass roots to incorporate a huge variety of pieces, including two by the classical composers Debussy and Scriabin.

Marilyn Manson On World Cafe

Feb 10, 2015

"I think America needs people like me," Marilyn Manson tells World Cafe host David Dye. "The world needs bad men to keep out the other bad men. And I think the world needs a villain like me, because I'm the part of the movie where change happens."

Known as a dark, demonic, heavily made-up shock rocker, Manson just released his first new album in three years, called The Pale Emperor. Written and produced with film composer Tyler Bates, it exhibits a stylistic shift, as a few blues chords sneak into Manson's industrial rock.

World Cafe Next: Rhodes

Feb 9, 2015

Young English folksinger David Rhodes, who records and performs using only his last name, is this week's World Cafe: Next artist. Rhodes, who picked up the guitar for the first time at 13, has released three EPs; the latest, Home, is his debut in the U.S.

The Guardian newspaper once described Rhodes as a "one-man Coldplay," but you can hear for yourself by streaming or downloading two songs here.

George Ezra On World Cafe

Feb 5, 2015

George Ezra today is a young English folk-pop singer with a warm, soulful voice and a worldwide hit song called "Budapest." In this episode of World Cafe, he performs solo and talks with Michaela Majoun.

Ray Davies On World Cafe, Part 2

Feb 4, 2015

The top British invasion bands — The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks — were able to quickly evolve beyond singles and embrace the album.

Ray Davies On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2015

The Kinks put out so much music on Pye Records between 1964 and 1971 that a new anthology of the period takes five discs just to scratch the surface. So it makes sense that World Cafe's conversation with singer Ray Davies would need to be spread out over two days.

World Cafe Next: Caitlin Canty

Feb 2, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, mixes a gritty side with aching ballads on her new solo album, Reckless Skyline. The Vermont native has been at music a while, with two other solo albums and contributions to a handful of bands. Hear and download a couple of songs on this page, including one written in the mountains of Idaho in the wake of a forest fire.

Guster On World Cafe

Feb 2, 2015

Today's episode of World Cafe features an interview and live performance by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller and Brian Rosenworcel of Guster, whose new album Evermotion was produced by Richard Swift. After 20 years together, Guster explores new directions on the record, and this performance — recorded in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia — marked only the third time the band had played the new songs.

Billy Idol On World Cafe

Jan 30, 2015

If all you know about Billy Idol is the hair, the sneer and a string of hits in the '80s, then you need to give this conversation your attention. Idol has a new autobiography named after one of his best-known songs, "Dancing With Myself," and he's recently released a new album called Kings And Queens Of The Underground.

Colin Hay On World Cafe

Jan 27, 2015

As '80s Week continues, World Cafe keeps combing through its archive for artists from the decade of synths and irregular haircuts. Today, that means bringing back a wide-ranging 2004 session with Colin Hay of the Australian band Men At Work. Hay's distinctive voice helped carry songs like "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under" to prominence in the early '80s.

Here, the singer performs a few of his newer songs and tells the story of Men At Work's international success.

World Cafe Next: Viet Cong

Jan 26, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, Calgary's Viet Cong, released its full-length debut last week. It's not so much a dark record as a harsh one: This is a guitar-intensive rock band whose songs stretch out with some sturm and drang, while still finding ways to get under your skin. Hear and download two songs from Viet Cong on this page.

Alvvays On World Cafe

Jan 22, 2015

The much buzzed-about Toronto-based band Alvvays joins us today. We first heard about Molly Rankin and the band in 2013 when Frank Yang of the blog Chromewaves presented them as a band to watch on our Sense of Place visit to Toronto. Their self-titled debut came out last year and within a month had become the most played album on college radio. They join us in the studio today. Make sure to download the band's performance of "Adult Diversion."

Nude Beach On World Cafe

Jan 21, 2015

Nude Beach, a punk trio from Brooklyn, is today's guest on World Cafe. The band recently released a double album called 77, and it's full of catchy power-pop tunes.

Formed in 2008 while its members were still in high school, the band includes guitarist and singer Chuck Betz, drummer and singer Ryan Naideau, and bassist Jim Shelton. Nude Beach made three albums together before releasing 77 in October. In this session, we'll learn what the title 77 signifies and hear some of its songs performed live.

On this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Rachel Faro joins the show to discuss cancion de protesta. While the U.S. experienced its own period of politically charged songs about the Vietnam War and more in the '60s and '70s, Latin American songwriters were creating commentary about the repressive regimes in power there.

Here, Faro shares some of the musicians who put their lives at risk — and identifies the artist she considers the Bob Dylan of the Latin music world.

Son Little On World Cafe

Jan 15, 2015

Philadelphia singer Son Little cut his teeth on collaborations with The Roots and RJD2. Now, he's got his own nationally released EP, titled Things I Forgot.

Israel Nash On World Cafe

Jan 14, 2015

Israel Nash got his start in music after moving to New York City; his 2009 debut came out of his experiences there. His 2011 follow-up album was recorded on a small farm in the Catskills and was co-produced by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. A relocation to a small ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, preceded his new record, Rain Plans.

On this episode of World Cafe, he describes how he wanted his third album to reflect the Hill Country, and professes his love for Neil Young. And, of course, he performs a few of his songs live.

World Cafe Next: Murder By Death

Jan 12, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a band that's been around for a decade and a half. In fact, Big Dark Love is Murder By Death's seventh album.

After many years in Bloomington, Ind., its members recently relocated to Louisville, Ky., where they recorded their new album. Murder By Death plays everything from intense indie-rock ballads to rootsy rock songs. Hear and download two tracks from Big Dark Love at the audio link.

The Revivalists On World Cafe

Jan 12, 2015

The Revivalists' name can be interpreted a couple ways: Yes, the band keeps older forms of music like blues and R&B alive, but its spirited performance also recalls a gospel revival.

It's no surprise that the group came together in New Orleans. The Revivalists' members got together in 2007 and have played 150 dates a year ever since. Last year brought a reissue of their second album, City Of Sound, which they'd put out themselves in 2012. The reissue includes an extra live disc.

Il Sogno Del Marinaio On World Cafe

Jan 8, 2015

"I always will be a Minuteman. People ask what kind of bass player I am, and yeah, I tell 'em I'm D. Boon's bass player."

Merge Records At 25

Jan 7, 2015

The label that's brought you Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and Superchunk turned 25 last year. Superchunk bandmates Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan formed Merge Records just to release singles from their band and friends in 1989.

On this episode of World Cafe, we'll discuss the label's emergence as a major force. We'll also hear performances from Superchunk, Telekinesis, The Rock*A*Teens and others recorded at last summer's 25th-anniversary Merge Festival in Carrboro, N.C.

Damien Rice On World Cafe

Jan 5, 2015

Damien Rice's new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, marked his return to recording after eight years away from the music business. In 2002, the Irish singer-songwriter's gorgeous solo debut, O, went gold and platinum around the world.

But after touring to support his second album (2006's 9), Rice stepped away from music. As he says in this interview, he had to. With help from producer Rick Rubin and others, Rice says he's rediscovered his love for songs. He performs some of his new ones in this session for World Cafe.

Haerts On World Cafe

Dec 23, 2014

Haerts, which stylizes its name with the a and e reversed, joins World Cafe in the studio today. Eccentric spelling is just one element that makes the electro-pop band stand out.

World Cafe Next: Kingsley Flood

Dec 22, 2014

The World Cafe: Next artist for this week is a folk-rock sextet from Boston and Washington, D.C., called Kingsley Flood. Fueled by Naseem Khuri's songwriting, the band is about to step out of the album-release cycle by releasing To The Fire EP in early 2015 — followed by a new EP for each season of the year.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens On World Cafe

Dec 22, 2014

Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, just completed his first U.S. tour in 36 years, in which he performed music from his just-released album Tell 'Em I'm Gone alongside favorites from his long career. He'd stopped playing the latter for nearly three decades after changing his name and embracing Islam in 1977. In this performance, he plays old and new music alike in a session recorded at Philadelphia's Tower Theater.