World Cafe

Weeknights at 7pm
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
7:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Latin Roots: Fania Records Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Fania Records celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Courtesy of the label

On today's episode of Latin Roots, the multitalented Rachel Faro helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fania Records. More than a record label, the imprint synonymous with salsa music was also a cross between a family and a way of life.

Fania's ascendance in the '60s was the product of immigration and a vibrant community of talented Puerto Rican players finding a new home in New York. And the closing of Havana to the outside world helped make New York even more of a Latin music center.

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World Cafe
7:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Nikki Lane On World Cafe

Nikki Lane.
Chuck Grant. Courtesy of the artist

Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut today. She released her first album in 2011 after moving to Nashville from New York, where she had been pursuing both fashion and music. She found each of those pursuits a little easier to manage in Tennessee.

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World Cafe
9:53 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Bob Mould On World Cafe

Bob Mould.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Bob Mould, one of the most influential artists from '80s punk with Hüsker Dü, has a new solo album, Beauty and Ruin.

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World Cafe
8:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ben Watt On World Cafe

Ben Watt.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's guest today is Ben Watt from Everything But The Girl, the band he led with his partner (now wife) Tracey Thorn in the '80s and '90s. He has a new solo album called Hendra, which he recorded with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

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World Cafe
2:43 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

World Cafe Next: Honeyblood

Honeyblood.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Honeyblood

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Honeyblood, the Glaswegian duo of singer Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar. The band's intriguing self-titled debut, released earlier this month, mixes country and folk with moments that veer into lo-fi punk. Download two of its songs here.

World Cafe
1:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Avett Brothers On World Cafe

The Avett Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

The Avett Brothers, led by siblings Seth and Scott Avett, released a proper debut in 2002, then went on to release five studio albums and two live compilations before breaking through to a mainstream audience with 2007's Emotionalism. For a follow-up, The Avett Brothers worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin on I and Love and You. The band performs three of its best-known songs here.

This segment originally ran on Sept. 24, 2009.

World Cafe
3:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mammut On World Cafe

Mammút.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:44 pm

World Cafe's week-long series Sense of Place: Iceland draws to a close with an unexpected treat. We'd been in Reykjavik for a few days when we learned that June 17 would mark a daylong celebration of Icelandic National Day, the anniversary of Iceland's independence from Denmark in 1944. Events planned for the holiday ranged from outdoor chess matches to accordion concerts, culminating in a free outdoor show for an audience expected to hit 10,000.

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World Cafe
8:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Of Monsters and Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters and Men.
John Vettese Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 10:59 am

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World Cafe
2:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Five Essential Icelandic Albums From World Cafe

12 Tónar Records.
John Vettese WXPN

On World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland trip, we felt inspired during our visit to Reykjavik's famed 12 Tónar Records. It's a homey, welcoming place where the shelves are filled with Icelandic CDs and vinyl.

Behind the counter, fielding all questions, was Einar Þór Kristjánsson, who has worked at 12 Tónar since it opened 15 years ago. We asked him to make a list of some of his favorite Icelandic music; he obliged, giving us the history of the unique store and picking five bands. (Some you may know well, others not so much.)

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World Cafe
2:39 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Sin Fang On World Cafe

Sin Fang at Iceland's Rás 2 studios.
John Vettese WXPN

Our Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is Sindri Már Sigfússon, who performs under the name Sin Fang for his solo work. He also leads the folk-pop group Seabear; in fact, the first Seabear recordings were released in conjunction with another ursine band, an early version of the American band Grizzly Bear. Sigfússon released his third solo album, Flowers, last year.

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