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
9:45 am
Fri December 23, 2011

A Holiday Extravaganza From World Cafe

Carole King's new album is titled A Holiday Carole.
Elissa Kline

On today's special, Christmas-themed episode of World Cafe, we're gathering several big-name artists and their best holiday songs to spread some seasonal cheer.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Chain Gang Of 1974 On World Cafe

The Chain Gang of 1974.
Courtesy of the artist

The Chain Gang of 1974 is the stage name for DJ Kamtin Mohager, a longtime beat master whose penchant for dance-inducing music and reverence for '80s pop pushed him to create this solo project. Mohager points to a childhood of Persian music, then inspiration by Tears for Fears and Talk Talk, as the muse for his inner rhythms and keen sense of melody. After playing bass on tour with 3OH!3 for a few years, Mohager moved to Los Angeles for a change of scenery — and to write Wayward Fire, his second album.

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World Cafe
11:46 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Goat Rodeo Sessions On World Cafe

Left to right: Chris Thile, Aoife O'Donovan, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan of The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
Jeremy Cowart

Four string virtuosos, each hailing from bluegrass or classical backgrounds, recently came together to bring the world a wonderful mix of the two genres in The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

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World Cafe
1:21 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Garland Jeffreys On World Cafe

Garland Jeffries' latest album is called The King of In Between.
Courtesy of the artist.

The title of Garland Jeffreys' latest album is an apt description of his life's work overall: The King of in Between. A singer-songwriter whose blend of rock 'n' roll, reggae, blues and soul is as edgy as it is full of social commentary, Jeffreys knows what it means to be an outsider, as evidenced by his accessible yet unclassifiable music.

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World Cafe
10:40 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Pearl And The Beard On 'World Cafe: Next'

Pearl and the Beard's most recent album is titled Killing The Darlings.
Courtesy of the artist

With endless three-part harmonies at its disposal, Pearl and the Beard is a folksy pop trio with a flair for lovely acoustic Americana. Members Jocelyn MacKenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles each convey a unique vocal style, influence and vision, with the help of cello, glockenspiel, non-traditional drums, accordion and guitar.

Pearl and the Beard's 2011 album Killing the Darlings has been charming fans and critics since last spring. Given the trio's tremendous chemistry and charm, it looks primed to build on that buzz in 2012.

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World Cafe
7:00 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Paul Simon On World Cafe

Paul Simon.
Mary Ellen Matthews

Paul Simon's music can feel timeless even when it's filled with new ideas. In his interview with World Cafe host David Dye, Simon reflects on his friend Bert Jansch, who recently died, and discusses their friendship, which lasted more than 30 years.

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World Cafe
2:58 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Black Keys On World Cafe

The Black Keys.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:31 pm

Welcome to the first in our weekly Vintage Cafe series of interviews from the archive. Each week we are going to be re-visiting significant session with major artists. For this installment, we bring back our Black Keys session, recorded in December 2011 right before the release of El Camino.

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World Cafe
2:51 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Gary Numan On World Cafe

Gary Numan's new album of rethought demos, Dead Son Rising, came out in September.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 2:52 pm

Considered one of the fathers of electronic music, British new-wave auteur Gary Numan has been releasing studio albums since the '70s. The man behind the classic hit "Cars" has influenced scores of musicians over the years, including Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Beck and many others.

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Tinariwen.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 12:59 pm

The only aspect of Tinariwen more urgent and heartbreakingly human than its unique blend of electric rock and North African traditional music is its story. Tinariwen's members fought as rebels in Mali to protect their land and the Tuareg people, and out of the rebel camps formed a counterculture — and a rock band.

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World Cafe
9:57 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Shelby Lynne On World Cafe

Shelby Lynne.
Courtesy of the artist

Shelby Lynne has been recording for more than two decades, but has never stopped evolving. Her music is powerful because it feels heartfelt and entirely hers; she's moved from label to label, style to style, but has always kept her individuality. The first decade of her career has been all about that movement, and now she's in a great rhythm.

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World Cafe
10:47 am
Wed November 23, 2011

tUnE-yArDs On World Cafe

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 12:33 pm

Merrill Garbus, the woman behind tUnE-yArDs, began as a solo act, and her talent practically explodes out of every performance. She commands any space, especially from behind a set-up of a tom and snare drum, a ukulele, and her bare feet atop the loop pedals from which she builds her compositions. Every sound that Garbus weaves into her songs is so deliberately placed that "experimental" seems too nonchalant a word.

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World Cafe
2:57 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

World Cafe: 20th-Anniversary Concert Highlights

Feist performs at the World Cafe 20th-anniversary concert.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 8:29 am

Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

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World Cafe
2:04 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe

T Bone Burnett holds two trophies, one for Producer of the Year, at the Grammy Awards in 2002.

Lee Celano AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 4:42 pm

Legendary singer-songwriter and folk-rock pioneer T-Bone Burnett is known for his captivating solo material, but also for his role as a legendary producer of records by everyone from Roy Orbison to actor Jeff Bridges. In a new interview on World Cafe, Burnett sits down with host David Dye to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

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World Cafe
12:09 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Jam-Boree

Trey Anastasio of Phish.

Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:43 pm

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

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World Cafe
11:47 am
Mon October 24, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Coldplay

Coldplay.

Courtesy of EMI

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 8:01 am

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
1:33 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Celebrating U.K. Folk

Clockwise from left: Donovan, Laura Marling, Richard Thompson, Mumford & Sons.

Andee Nathonson/Pamela Littky/Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:00 am

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

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World Cafe
12:14 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Jazz Greats

Drummer Jack DeJohnette.

Jos L. Knaepen

Throughout the month of October, we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Cafe. Each day, we'll revisit some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
1:27 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Robert Plant

Robert Plant.

Staff Getty Images

Throughout the month of October, we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Cafe. Each day, we'll revisit some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
12:00 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello.

James O'Mara

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 9:12 am

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

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World Cafe
12:24 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: The Beatles

The Beatles, left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, producer George Martin, John Lennon.

Chris Ware Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 9:52 pm

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

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World Cafe
12:08 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats

Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.

Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:54 pm

Over the years, World Cafe has seen its share of guitar gods.

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World Cafe
11:00 am
Mon July 25, 2011

The Steve Miller Band On World Cafe

Steve Miller.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:11 am

Some people call him space cowboy, some people call him the gangster of love, but most know him as Steve Miller, the guitarist and vocalist whose laid-back, infectiously catchy tunes have soothed the nation for decades.

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World Cafe
9:30 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Elton John And Leon Russell On World Cafe

Elton John and Leon Russell appeared on World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue December 27, 2011 9:12 am

From his start with the band Bluesology in 1961, multi-award winner Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) has time and time again proven himself to be one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of our day. Rising to international fame by the 1970's with the hit "Your Song," Elton has since released an overwhelming number of studio albums, many of which have climbed their way to the top of the charts.

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World Cafe
4:00 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

In Memoriam: Chuck Brown On World Cafe

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 2:52 pm

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died Wednesday. In 2011, he stopped by World Cafe to discuss his 50-plus-year career and his last album.

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World Cafe
9:49 am
Tue July 7, 2009

World Cafe Remembers Levon Helm

Levon Helm.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 2:12 pm

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

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