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
2:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Toro Y Moi On World Cafe

Toro Y Moi.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Performing and recording under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick draws on elements of soul, jazz, Latin disco, funk and modern pop. With Toro Y Moi's 2010 debut, Causers of This, Bundick became a pioneer of what's often called chillwave.

His new album, Anything in Return, is a set of electro-pop songs enhanced by his smooth vocals. In this installment of World Café, Toro Y Moi plays a few songs from the album and talks about the inspiration behind his lyrics.

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Lions On World Cafe

The Lions.
Eric Coleman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 7:22 am

The Lions' members share a strong love of classic, Jamaican-inspired reggae. Hailing from different musical generations, the L.A. band's members craft a unique style which blends hip-hop and reggae with electrifying dub rhythms. Although the lineup has changed since The Lions' beginnings, the music has remained explosive and alluring.

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World Cafe
11:20 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Billy Bragg On World Cafe

Billy Bragg.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 6:14 pm

With a career spanning more than 30 years, English musician Billy Bragg blends folk, rock and punk with messages about politics and love. His new album Tooth & Nail is his first release in five years.

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World Cafe
11:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Next: Duquette Johnston

Duquette Johnston.
Cary Norton Courtesy of the artist

After a three-year hiatus, Duquette Johnston is back with his upcoming release Rabbit Runs a Destiny.

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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Local Natives On World Cafe

Local Natives.
Bryan Sheffield Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 3:31 pm

Local Natives, a Los Angeles-based indie-rock outfit, made a splash in 2009 with its self-funded debut album Gorilla Manor. The band went on tour with Arcade Fire and The National in support of the record, which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 New Artist Chart.

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World Cafe
7:17 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

The Lone Bellow.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 12:02 pm

Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are The Lone Bellow. Although Williams, the principal songwriter and lead singer, is a native Georgian, the group found its soulful folk-rock sound in Brooklyn. The group recorded its self-titled debut album on the Lower East Side, yet the lyrical, foot-stomping songs could have easily come from the heart of Nashville.

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World Cafe
7:16 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Allah-Las On World Cafe

Los Angeles garage rockers Allah-Las.
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The hazy garage rockers in Allah-Las are distinctly Californian, a group of guys whose lo-fi sound is a direct result of their low-key surroundings. Cool piece of trivia: three of the four men met while working at L.A.'s legendary Amoeba Records.

On today's studio session from World Cafe, the band performs three songs from its self-titled album, which was produced by retro-soul fetishist Nick Waterhouse.

World Cafe
4:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Trixie Whitley On World Cafe

Trixie Whitley.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:52 pm

At 25 years old, Trixie Whitley is already a veteran of the music industry. Growing up, she toured the world with her late father, singer-songwriter Chris Whitley, and gained repute as a DJ in Europe, spinning records in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and New York City.

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World Cafe
4:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Next: Birdie Busch And The Greatest Night

Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:09 pm

Birdie Busch, Philadelphia's whimsical, verse-weaving siren, has always had a way with storytelling. Her lyrics are quirky, candid and infused with a sense of sentimentality.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 1:41 pm

Grammy-winning blues-rock singer Ben Harper has made 10 studio albums over the course of his career. For his latest project, he teamed up with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite to release a collaborative album titled Get Up! Musselwhite, one of the few white musicians to gain exposure in the blues scene during the 1960s, has released 26 records and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

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World Cafe
12:19 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Latin Roots: Bolero

Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
Courtesy of the artist

In this 29th installment of Latin Roots from World Café, David Dye and Grammy-winning Latin music producer Aaron Levinson embark on a transcontinental journey exploring the history and richness of bolero music — a slow-tempo dance with distinctive forms in Cuba and Spain. Bolero typically focuses on themes like love or loss, but as Dye and Levinson discuss, the critical difference between both forms is actually the rhythm.

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World Cafe
12:09 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Avett Brothers On World Cafe

The Avett Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:18 am

Scott and Seth Avett formed The Avett Brothers in their hometown of Concord, N.C. With an inspired mix of bluegrass, folk, pop, country and rock, the Avetts create a raw sound that can be solemn, energetic or catchy — sometimes all at the same time.

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World Cafe
3:10 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Y La Bamba On World Cafe

Y La Bamba.
Courtesy of the artist

The Latin Alternative band Y La Bamba formed in Portland, Ore., in 2008 and attracted attention for its disarming fusion of traditional Mexican music and alternative rock.

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World Cafe
2:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:47 pm

Idaho native and folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has been named one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste. Ritter's seventh album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was released last March. Inspired by the breakup of his marriage, the record offers a raw and personal account of heartbreak and recovery.

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World Cafe
1:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Next: Jesse Dee

Jesse Dee.
Michael D. Spencer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 8:46 pm

Boston-based R&B singer-songwriter Jesse Dee has opened for concerts by soul legends Etta James and Al Green, among others. Released last month, his debut album On My Mind, In My Heart is an energetic collection of funky, feel-good grooves.

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World Cafe
12:32 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The xx On World Cafe

The xx.
Alexandra Waespi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 3:58 pm

Romy Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith are The xx, an indie-pop band formed in the London borough of Wandsworth. Layering spare arrangements with synths, pulsing bass and haunting vocals, The xx's minimalist approach helped win the trio's debut, xx, the Mercury Prize for Best Album in 2010.

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World Cafe
1:35 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra On World Cafe

Bryan Ferry.
Adam Whitehead Courtesy of the artist

Bryan Ferry says he only listens to 1920s jazz these days — and The Jazz Age, the new album from The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, backs up that claim. The Jazz Age finds Ferry doing a lot of listening, as he neither sings nor plays on the record.

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World Cafe
2:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Relatives On World Cafe

The Relatives.
Sam Butler Courtesy of the artist

Founded by brothers Rev. Gean West and Tommie West, The Relatives first surfaced in the 1970s with the single "Walking On." With its rhythmic fusion of traditional gospel and psychedelic funk, the quintet became known for its energetic live performances. However, the group disbanded in 1980, disappearing from the music world without so much as a full studio album to its name — until now.

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Richard Thompson On World Cafe

Richard Thompson.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 3:08 pm

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17.

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World Cafe
1:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Next: Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner.
Nick Helderman Courtesy of the artist

Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner's debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities, offers a fresh take on the baroque pop sound of the 1960s.

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World Cafe
1:31 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Ellie Goulding On World Cafe

Ellie Goulding.
Rachel Del Sordo WXPN

In 2010, Lights made Ellie Goulding a star. The British singer-songwriter's debut topped the U.K. albums chart that year, and became a stateside hit over the course of the next 18 months. Goulding has performed at the White House, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Nobel Peace Prize concert.

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World Cafe
2:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Latin Roots: Merengue

Merengue musician Wilfrido Vargas.
Courtesy of the artist

In this segment of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Grammy-winning Latin music producer Aaron Levinson and host David Dye ourney through the world of merengue music, starting with its roots in the Dominican Republic.

Largely influenced by the dictator Rafael Trujillo to celebrate his political agenda, merengue is a form of fast-paced, rhythmic music. Utilizing diatonic accordions, tamboras and the güira, traditional merengue bands have induced listeners around the world to move with the sounds of the tropical beat.

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World Cafe
2:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Camper Van Beethoven On World Cafe

Camper Van Beethoven.
Jason Thrasher Courtesy of the artist

After a nine-year hiatus, the venerable rock band Camper Van Beethoven has returned with its eighth studio album, La Costa Perdida. Thematically, the record revolves around midlife nostalgia and the group's California roots.

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World Cafe
12:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Erin McKeown On World Cafe

Erin McKeown.
Merri Cyr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:28 pm

Erin McKeown's new album, Manifestra, is a self-released, fan-funded vehicle for some of her personal and political folk-rock songs. She collaborated with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for "Baghdad to the Bayou" — Maddow wrote the words, which McKeown then fashioned into a song — while "In God We Trust," "The Politician" and "The Jailer" find the singer speaking out about the death penalty, foreign policy and income inequality.

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World Cafe
2:15 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Sera Cahoone On World Cafe

Sera Cahoone.
Hilary Harris Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 2:16 pm

When she was 21, Sera Cahoone moved from Denver to Seattle to support artists like Carissa's Wierd, Band of Horses and Patrick Park. By 2006, she was focusing on her own solo work and releasing her self-titled debut album.

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World Cafe
9:19 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Next: Pickwick

Pickwick.
Kyle Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:35 am

Formed in 2008, Pickwick members Galen Disston, Michael and Garrett Parker, Cassady Lillstrom, Alex Westcoat, and Kory Kruckenberg forged a path toward neo-soul and in 2011 released a compilation of music from three of their EPs. The result was Myths, released one single at a time on 7" vinyl, which put the band on the map and became one of the most popular albums of the year in Seattle.

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World Cafe
11:09 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bat For Lashes On World Cafe

Bat For Lashes.
Eliot Lee Hazel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:50 pm

Bat for Lashes, a.k.a. British singer and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan, has recorded three albums, and the first two received nominations for the Mercury Prize. Her most recent record, The Haunted Man, came out in October and has already been a considerable success, both commercially and with critics.

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World Cafe
1:07 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Aaron Neville On World Cafe

Aaron Neville.
Sarah A. Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 9:22 am

Aaron Neville revitalized his favorite doo-wop tracks from the 1950s and '60s for his new album, My True Story. Working with producers Don Was and Keith Richards, Neville and his band give the singer's childhood favorites a soulful life of their own.

At 72, Neville has embarked on a national tour to promote My True Story. Here, he plays a few tracks from the record and talks with host David Dye about his education in doo-wop.

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World Cafe
12:49 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Billy Cobham.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:51 am

From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wanda Jackson On World Cafe

Wanda Jackson.
Joshua Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:50 am

Known as the queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson is widely considered the first woman to record a rock 'n' roll song: 1958's "Let's Have a Party." A singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, Jackson became a pioneer for her mix of country and rockabilly music. This approach served her well in the mid-1960s, as rockabilly began to decline in popularity.

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