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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June 26, 2013

7:00 PM
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
7:01 PM
Sun Is Shining
Artist : Bob Marley
Album : Kaya
Composer :
Label : Island
7:06 PM
Show Some Emotion
Artist : Joan Armatrading
Album : Track Record
Composer :
Label : A&M
7:09 PM
Eli¿s Comin¿
Artist : Laura Nyro
Album : Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
Composer :
Label : Sbme Special Mkts.
7:13 PM
Anything You Want
Artist : Spoon
Album : Girls Can Tell
Composer :
Label : Merge
7:17 PM
Like Morning Dew
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:26 PM
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:32 PM
Sing to the Moon
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:39 PM
Green Garden
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:44 PM
I wish
Artist : Jem
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:45 PM
Better Days
Artist : Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Album : Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Composer :
Label : Vagrant Records
7:48 PM
Shadow People
Artist : Dr. Dog
Album : Shame, Shame
Composer :
Label : Anti
7:53 PM
Artist : The Band
Album : To Kingdom Come
Composer :
Label : Capitol
7:57 PM
Artist : Thao
Album : We Brave Bee Stings And All
Composer :
Label : Kill Rock Stars
7:58 PM
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
8:00 PM
The Road to Gila Bend
Artist : Los Lobos
Album : The Town and the City
Composer :
Label : Hollywood
8:04 PM
Looking At The Sun
Artist : Matthew Sweet
Album : Girlfriend
Composer :
Label : Volcano
8:08 PM
Artist : Mikal Cronin
Album : MCII
Composer :
Label : Merge Records
8:13 PM
Canary Island
Artist : Houndstooth
Album : Ride Out The Dark
Composer :
Label : No Quarter
8:16 PM
Say What
Artist : Stevie Ray Vaughan
Album : Soul to Soul
Composer :
Label : Sony
8:22 PM
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Artist : The Slide Brothers
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
8:23 PM
Artist : Little Comets
Album : Life Is Elsewhere
Composer :
Label : Universal UK
8:25 PM
A Town Called Malice
Artist : The Jam
Album : Compact Snap
Composer :
Label : Polygram UK
8:28 PM
Hometown Blues
Artist : Tom Petty
Album : Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Composer :
Label : Rhino / WEA
8:31 PM
Hit Or Miss
Artist : Tom Jones
Album : Spirit In The Room
Composer :
Label : Rounder / Umgd
8:34 PM
I Got a Woman
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Birth of Soul Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Kent Records UK
8:37 PM
Last Night
Artist : The MarKeys
Album : Last Night!/Do the PopEye
Composer :
Label : Stax
8:38 PM
Artist : James Blake
Album : Overgrown
Composer :
Label : Republic
8:41 PM
You Were Never There
Artist : Diego Garcia
Album : Laura
Composer :
Label : Nacional Records
8:45 PM
Love Interruption
Artist : Jack White
Album : Blunderbuss
Composer :
Label : Third Man Records
8:47 PM
Raspberry Beret
Artist : Prince & the Revolution
Album : Around the World in a Day
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
8:51 PM
Do Yourself a Faver
Artist : Jamie Lidell
Album : Jamie Lidell
Composer :
Label : Warp Records


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.
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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

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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.
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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

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  • 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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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chrissie Hynde On World Cafe

Chrissie Hynde.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist

Ever since she helped form The Pretenders in the late 1970s, Chrissie Hynde has identified as part of the legendary British band. Recently, though, Hynde set out as a solo artist, releasing the album Stockholm in June.

Hynde tells World Cafe that the album is a product of collaboration; she even traveled to Sweden to work with Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. That pairing led to others, including unlikely appearances by Neil Young and John McEnroe.

Hear a four-song set on today's World Cafe.

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World Cafe
3:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dan Croll On World Cafe

Dan Croll.
Courtesy of the artist

English electro-pop musician Dan Croll released his debut album earlier this year; it's titled Sweet Disarray, an apt name for such a stylistically rich record.

Croll went to school for music at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, which was founded by Paul McCartney. Croll was even chosen by his classmates to meet Sir Paul; we'll hear that story and a live set in the studio today.

World Cafe
11:41 am
Tue July 1, 2014

John Fullbright On World Cafe

John Fullbright.
Vicki Farmer Courtesy of the artist

John Fullbright is from Okemah, Okla., the hometown of Woody Guthrie. World Cafe first showcased Fullbright in 2012, when he released his diverse, Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up.

His latest album is simply called Songs. As the title suggests, it's a collection of straightforward compositions, but they take on complicated topics. "Happy," for example, poses the question, "Do you have to have to be depressed to write a great song?"

Hear "Happy" and three other Fullbright songs in today's session.

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