World Cafe

Saturdays at 2pm
David Dye

Since 1991, World Cafe has been a premier showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye.

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World Cafe
11:03 am
Mon May 14, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Beck

Beck.

Autumn de Wilde

Beck has been an influential creative force for two decades, popular for his sharp, intelligent and often humorous lyrics. Slickly genre-hopping from punk to folk, alternative and electro, he's put out albums both acoustic and electric, but always innovative. Today's installment of World Cafe revisits three of his interviews from the past decade or so.

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World Cafe
4:37 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

The Ting Tings On World Cafe

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When The Ting Tings exploded onto the pop scene in 2007, their grunge-chic style and sound were destined for success. Now, five years after the debut of their hit single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" and four years after their first full length, We Started Nothing, The Ting Tings are back.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Polica On World Cafe

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Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 2:33 pm

Despite the slow, twisting, synth-looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions. Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to one of her bandmates, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs. The two worked together on Gayngs' album Relayted in 2010 and they were interested in working together again.

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World Cafe
8:35 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Allo Darlin' On World Cafe

Allo Darlin'.
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Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 12:03 pm

Allo Darlin' crafts quirky, personal rock, driven by lap steel, ukulele and charming four-part harmonies. The band formed in 2009 under the guidance of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris, whose voice meshes beautifully with those of Paul Rains, Bill Botting and Mikey Collins. Together, they spent two years touring in support of their gorgeous 2010 debut.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

First Aid Kit On World Cafe

First Aid Kit.
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Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 4:15 pm

Named as a World Cafe: Next artist just this past March, the charming sister duo First Aid Kit returns with a full-length World Cafe session. Swedish siblings Johanna and Klara Söderberg are barely into their twenties, but they already have an international reputation for their rich harmonies and simple, rousing folk songs.

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World Cafe
2:56 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Next: Allo Darlin'

Allo Darlin's sophomore album is called Europe.
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Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 6:48 pm

  • Hear two new tracks by Allo Darlin'

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World Cafe
2:58 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Bonnie Raitt On World Cafe

Bonnie Raitt's new album is titled Slipstream.
Marina Chavez

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 3:11 pm

Bonnie Raitt is a blues-rock legend with nine Grammys and five platinum albums under her belt. Her rootsy and passionate take on everything blues — combined with her intimate understanding of composition, deft slide-guitar skills and soulful vocals — helped Raitt become an icon.

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World Cafe
11:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Latin Roots: The Political Beginnings Of Latin Rock

El Chicano.
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Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 3:18 pm

On today's episode of Latin Roots, NPR's Felix Contreras returns to discuss the Latin Alternative music of the 1970s. Contreras is a connoisseur of Latin music who hosts NPR's Alt.Latino, reports on jazz, world music and Latin culture for NPR's Arts Desk, and plays in several Latin and jazz bands. Here, Contreras describes how politics in the 1970s influenced Latin music of the era.

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World Cafe
9:41 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Band Of Skulls On World Cafe

Band of Skulls' new album is titled Sweet Sour.
Steve Gullick

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 11:14 am

The English group Band of Skulls makes music that recalls The Black Keys and The Kills' heavy, distorted, guitar-driven rock. On its 2009 debut, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, Band of Skulls proved it could own several styles of classic rock. But the follow-up, Sweet Sour, is comparatively airtight — and has already hit the U.K. charts.

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World Cafe
5:44 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Birdy On World Cafe

Birdy is a 15-year-old singer from the U.K.
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Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 8:17 am

British artist Jasmine van den Bogaerde — better known as Birdy — is probably best known for her 2011 cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." The 15-year-old started playing piano at 5, began composing a few years later and won the Open Mic UK competition in 2008 at the age of 12. The win guaranteed the young artist a recording contract, but before releasing her debut, she'd already scored a spot on the U.K. pop chart with her cover of "Skinny Love," making Birdy a household name in the U.K.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Simone Felice On World Cafe

Simone Felice's self-titled solo debut came out in April.
John Huba

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 7:44 am

Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs.

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World Cafe
10:16 am
Mon April 30, 2012

BADBADNOTGOOD On 'World Cafe: Next'

BADBADNOTGOOD..
Sean Berrigan

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 4:30 pm

BADBADNOTGOOD has a lot to boast about — it's recorded with Tyler, The Creator, played backup for Frank Ocean and performed as the band-in-residence at Coachella. Yet, on the trio's Bandcamp page, none of this is mentioned.

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World Cafe
8:22 am
Mon April 30, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Musicians We Miss

Townes van Zandt (left) and Jeff Buckley (right).

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisited some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
9:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

Karl Wallinger has just released a new box set titled Arkeology.
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Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 2:29 pm

Karl Wallinger is best known as the brains behind the Britpop band World Party. A Welsh singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Wallinger displayed an early obsession with all things folk and pop. After experience directing The Rocky Horror Show on stage and working in music publishing, he played keyboards for the Scottish folk-rock band The Waterboys.

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World Cafe
10:25 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka On World Cafe

Michael Kiwanuka's first full-length album is titled Home Again.
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Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 8:36 am

Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star — let alone a 24-year-old. Kiwanuka is of Ugandan descent and grew up in Muswell Hill, London.

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World Cafe
1:58 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Daniel Rossen On World Cafe

Daniel Rossen.
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Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 1:59 pm

By now, Daniel Rossen's name is synonymous with the kind of raggedy, whimsical, airy music he writes. A contributing songwriter and musician in Grizzly Bear, Rossen often saved his most personal compositions for his other band, Department of Eagles, which shares Grizzly Bear's roots in Rossen's undergraduate years at NYU. Both bands saw success, and Rossen continued to work in both projects.

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World Cafe
1:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Ben Howard On World Cafe

Ben Howard is a no-nonsense, no-frills singer-songwriter.
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A surfer and songwriter, Ben Howard's two loves intertwined when the English surfing world became the first audience for his quiet, meditative music. At the encouragement of friends, Howard released two EPs and was soon invited to tour with Xavier Rudd. Howard is a talented artist in the vein of labelmate and influence Nick Drake, with similarly dark and soulful lyrics.

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World Cafe
10:16 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Young Man On 'World Cafe: Next'

Young Man, a.k.a. Colin Caulfield.
Kristianna Smith

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:06 pm

Young Man is Colin Caulfield, a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer of light yet deft indie-pop. While studying French and English at Loyola, Caulfield began putting cover songs on YouTube, and his lithe, lo-fi music soon drew comparisons to Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear.

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World Cafe
9:28 am
Mon April 23, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree

Uncle Tupelo at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeff Tweedy (second from left) went on to form Wilco, while Jay Farrar (second from right) created Son Volt.

Jim Leatherman

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisited some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
11:56 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters And Men are an Icelandic folk-rock band.
Hörður Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:58 am

Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic sextet specializing in catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting backups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when it won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands; since then, the buzz has only grown.

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World Cafe
10:49 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Latin Roots: The Lasting Fad Of Boogaloo

The Joe Cuba Sextet.
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Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 2:01 pm

Today's episode of Latin Roots features Felix Contreras, co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's online music program about Latin Alternative music. Also a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk, Contreras specializes in jazz, world music and Latino arts and culture. A part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion in several Latin and jazz bands, Contreras is uniquely qualified to discuss Latin Alternative music. In today's episode, he speaks about boogaloo, how it developed and how it impacts Latin music today.

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World Cafe
10:39 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Grimes On World Cafe

Grimes.
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Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 10:49 am

Grimes is the one-woman project of Claire Boucher, a talented and eclectic Canadian singer. Born and raised in Vancouver, she moved to Montreal for college but left to pursue her craft when her work as Grimes began to take off. Marrying lo-fi punk with dreamy pop, Grimes quickly became a fixture in Montreal's underground music scene. Boucher incorporates elements of dance, video and still images into her live performances, creating otherworldly and entrancing multimedia experiences in the process.

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World Cafe
2:12 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Emeli Sande On World Cafe

Emeli Sande.
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Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenomenon at just 23. The U.K. soul singer wrote her first song at 11 and began participating in music competitions in her teens. Given her powerful vocals and keen understanding of what makes a great song, there was little doubt that her debut would be a doozy — especially once her first single, the soulful "Heaven," became a worldwide hit.

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World Cafe
11:26 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Geographer On World Cafe

Geographer's second album, Myths, was released in February.
Victoria Smith

Geographer's glittery, electronic pop-rock sound has been winning over fans on the West Coast for years. The trio formed in 2008 and released its first full-length album, Innocent Ghosts, a few months later. Now, four years after its debut, Geographer has finally returned with a new set of earnest, sonically sugar-coated songs.

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World Cafe
12:50 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Haim On 'World Cafe: Next'

The Haim sisters are Danielle, Este and Alana.
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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 3:41 pm

After playing shows with their parents as children, the members of Haim now work as a serious stand-alone act. The Haim sisters are Danielle, Este and Alana, and their childhood experience of performing live has shaped them into a musical force as young adults. They first hit the L.A. music scene a few years ago — when each of the sisters was pursuing music, mostly in separate contexts — but their relatively recent decision to work together was inevitable.

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Gotye On World Cafe

Gotye's new album is titled Making Mirrors.
James Bryans

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:52 pm

Our Vintage Cafe today is from 2012, the year the Melbourne, Australia-based artist Gotye's world-wide smash "Somebody That I Used To Know" was everywhere. The single has sold more than 30 million copies.

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World Cafe
11:23 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Fanfarlo On World Cafe

Fanfarlo's new second album is titled Rooms Filled With Light.
Deidre O'Callaghan

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 2:00 pm

Named after a French novella by poet Charles Baudelaire, Fanfarlo is a pop band from London with a wide range of instrumentation: mandolin, glockenspiel, musical saw, melodica, sax, clarinet and the usual drums, bass and guitar. With its beguiling and uplifting pop-folk, the quintet makes music that's accessible, refreshing and whimsical.

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World Cafe
1:23 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Joe Louis Walker On World Cafe

Joe Louis Walker has 23 albums to his name.
Michael Weintrob

Electric bluesman Joe Louis Walker is a living legend. He was strumming a guitar by age 8, and by 16 was on stage; he's released 23 albums over the course of his career. Given his formidable talent and prodigious supply of soul-stirring vocal inspirations, it's little wonder that Walker has become a blues-rock hero and award-winner. He's still going strong, as evidenced by his fierce new album, aptly named Hellfire.

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World Cafe
12:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Justin Townes Earle's latest release highlights his strength as a captivating storyteller.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 4:05 pm

Born in Nashville and more recently a resident of New York, Justin Townes Earle is no stranger to the road, and his latest album, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, takes us down I-40 to Memphis, Tenn. On songs like "Memphis in the Rain," "Baby's Got A Bad Idea" and "Maria," Earle's past becomes an open book and makes for arguably his strongest album yet.

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World Cafe
9:21 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Emily Wells On 'World Cafe: Next'

Emily Wells' new album, Mama, comes out April 10.
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Emily Wells began honing her violin skills at age 4, released her first album at 13, and hasn't slowed down since. Blending her classical training, hip-hop loops and folk influences, Wells has developed a unique sound while touring and releasing albums independently.

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