World Cafe

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David Dye

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. 

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World Cafe
3:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Siggtryggur Baldurson On World Cafe

Siggtryggur Baldurson.
John Vettese WXPN

As Sense of Place: Iceland continues on World Cafe, we have a thoughtful interview with Siggtryggur Baldurson; he's head of the Iceland Music Exchange (IMX), which is tasked with expanding the musical footprint of Iceland around the world. Baldurson is also the former drummer of the groundbreaking Icelandic band The Sugarcubes.

Here, he discusses various efforts to spread Icelandic music — including the Iceland Airwaves Festival, which draws visitors to the island every fall to experience more than 300 bands in Reykjavík's clubs.

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World Cafe
2:53 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Árstíðir On World Cafe

Árstíðir performs for a live audience at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2.
John Vettese WXPN

On today's episode, we hear the first of the live sessions World Cafe recorded during its Sense of Place trip to Iceland in June. Árstíðir's performance was recorded in front of an audience of World Cafe Travel Adventurers at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2.

With piano, two guitars, violin and vocals, Árstíðir re-created the richly delicate classical-folk sound that helped the band make it big on Icelandic radio and in mainland Europe. A new album is due out in September.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Óli Palli On World Cafe

David Dye and Óli Palli.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 7:46 am

World Cafe's Sense of Place series takes the show to Iceland, where Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson — known by most as Óli Palli — was voted the most important Icelandic radio personality of the 20th century. He can be heard on the Icelandic public radio station Rás 2, on which he hosts the music programs Poppaland and Rokkland.

Here, he joins World Cafe to play new Icelandic pop from newcomer Grísalappalísa, as well as longtime favorite GusGus. He also tackles the question of why so many Icelandic artists sing in English.

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World Cafe
4:40 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

First Aid Kit On World Cafe

First Aid Kit.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg of First Aid Kit have become an international sensation, thanks in part to the gorgeous harmonies in their sweet folk-pop songs. The Swedish duo's success owes a lot to the Internet: It was a batch of MySpace recordings that got the pair discovered in 2007 by Karin Dreijer Andersson of fellow Swedish band The Knife.

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World Cafe
3:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Latin Roots: The 15th Latin Alternative Music Conference

Babasónicos will perform at the Latin Alternative Music Conference this weekend.
Courtesy of the artist

The 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference is underway this week in New York City. Free concerts are held in Manhattan and Brooklyn throughout the festival, while sessions and showcases are available only to registered attendees, who come from all over the Spanish-speaking world to find what's next in Latin music.

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World Cafe
2:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

King Khan & The Shrines On World Cafe

King Khan & The Shrines.
Tiger Lilly Courtesy of the artist

King Khan & The Shrines, a psychedelic garage/soul band from Berlin, is led by the charismatic Arish Khan. Khan grew up in Montreal, the son of South Asian parents, and first played in punk bands. The group has been recording together since 2000 and released its latest album, Idle No More, last fall.

Khan is fascinating: He's both an over-the-top performer and a far-ranging thinker. In this session, he discusses the new album's title, which comes from a Canadian indigenous people's movement.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Saintseneca On World Cafe

Saintseneca.
Courtesy of the artist

Saintseneca is an Ohio-based folk-rock band led by Zac Little. After releasing an album called Last in 2013, the group went through changes in personnel and direction leading up to the appropriately titled Dark Arc, which came out this spring.

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Joe Henry On World Cafe

Joe Henry.
Courtesy of the artist

A veteran musician and producer, Joe Henry has worked with the likes of Mavis Staples, Aimee Mann and Loudon Wainwright III. His album with the late Solomon Burke won a Grammy in 2002.

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World Cafe
3:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Kutosis

Kutosis
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Kutosis

We call on Cardiff, Wales for our World Cafe: Next artists this week. Kutosis is a power-pop trio whose music has been described as "post punk, reverb-drenched and breezy." Their second album, Dream It Away, was released in June on Jealous Lover's Club Records. From album artwork to song titles, this group is all about surfing — a fitting match for their sunny power pop.

Don't forget to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from Kutosis.

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World Cafe
6:29 am
Fri July 4, 2014

World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape

Appeal to the senses this Independence Day — before watching fireworks, treat your ears to this playlist of World Cafe favorites.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:57 pm

I love mixtapes. Don't we all? If I'm having a party or even a dinner, I meticulously program the music — even though, if it's a good party, no one will hear it because they're all talking!

Here's my Fourth of July mixtape for you. No in-studio guest today, just a wide variety of music with the only stipulation that "America," "American" or "U.S." has to be somewhere in the title. It's not even all from the U.S.! There's a version of the Brazilian singer Jorge Ben's "So Loco Porti America." There are some stirring classic tunes from Tom Petty and The Steve Miller Band.

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