The World Cafe

Mon - Thu, 8pm - 10pm

Every day, The World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country. Each show features live performances and interviews with celebrated & emerging artists. The Cafe also presents segments on books, movies, TV and plays related to music.

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World Cafe
1:42 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

The Last Bison On World Cafe

The Last Bison.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 6:50 pm

Few bands would categorize their sound as "mountaintop chamber music," yet The Last Bison's classical-influenced Southern folk-rock actually fits the bill. The septet emerged from the marshes of Chesapeake, Va., a couple years ago, and has since made a name for itself with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Singer-guitarist Ben Hardesty is the group's primary songwriter, and his style recalls the work of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes.

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Music
8:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Patty Larkin w/ Ari Hest @ CPHA Sat. Jan. 12, 2013!

Patty Larkin will perform Sat. Jan. 12 @ CPAC w/ Ari Hest!

Folk rock troubadour Patty Larkin will perform Sat. Jan. 12th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.    Ari Hest opens the show.  Be sure to listen to WCBE for a chance to win tickets!

Six String Concerts

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World Cafe
5:33 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Next: Kail Baxley

Singer-songwriter Kail Baxley.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 10:54 am

Kail Baxley is a young blues singer who grew up in the same South Carolina town as James Brown. Over the course of his childhood, he met the Godfather of Soul several times, and it had a profound effect on Baxley's development as a musician.

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World Cafe
3:29 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Cody ChesnuTT On World Cafe

Cody ChesnuTT.
John Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Cody ChesnuTT's debut album, 2002's The Headphone Masterpiece, was the result of two years spent recording alone in his bedroom. The double-length record is at once both sprawling and intimate; it encompasses a wide array of genres, but ChesnuTT sings and plays nearly every part.

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World Cafe
4:37 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

People Get Ready On World Cafe

People Get Ready.
Ian Douglas Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Ben Sollee On World Cafe

Ben Sollee.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:36 am

  • Listen To The Session

There's not much about Ben Sollee's career that could be described as conventional. The singer-songwriter's primary instrument is the cello, and his work ranges from traditional classical music to Asian folk tunes. Even his preferred method of transportation on tour deviates from the norm; he's been known to travel from one show to the next on a bicycle with his cello strapped to the back.

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World Cafe
9:50 am
Wed January 2, 2013

World Cafe Host David Dye Picks His 10 Favorite Songs Of 2012

Polica.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:40 pm

David Dye has been hosting WXPN's World Cafe for more than 20 years. With new artists performing in the show's studios every day, Dye gets to witness firsthand the best music each year has to offer. Here are his 10 favorite songs of 2012:

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Music
8:22 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

First Listen: Original Soundtrack, 'Hecho En Mexico'

Ranchera singer Lila Downs appears on the Hecho En Mexico soundtrack.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 12:08 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

The soundtrack to the documentary film Hecho En Mexico is ambitious and complicated, but the music more than justifies the journey.

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8:18 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

First Listen: Broadcast, 'Berberian Sound Studio'

Broadcast's James Cargill and Trish Keenan. The band was working on the Berberian Sound Studio soundtrack when Keenan died suddenly in early 2011.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 12:07 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

The music world suffered a devastating loss when Broadcast's Trish Keenan died of complications from pneumonia two years ago; she was only 42. The U.K. singer could make seemingly random words shimmer with power and poignancy, as if she were casting a spell. With partner and bandmate James Cargill, Keenan released four widely loved albums during the '00s, and in the process left an indelible mark on the history of underground music.

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8:16 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

First Listen: Erin McKeown, 'Manifestra'

Erin McKeown's Manifestra comes out Jan. 15, 2013.
Merri Cyr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:25 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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Music
8:15 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

WCBE Presents Martin Sexton @ The Newport Feb. 15, 2013!

WCBE Presents Martin Sexton @ The Newport Feb. 15, 2013

Martin Sexton will return to Columbus and The Newport Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 15th. 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
3:01 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

John Fullbright Live From Studio A - Jan. 11, 2013 @ 2PM!

John Fullbright Live From Studio A

John Fullbright will play a few songs live during the Global Village before the show that night at Valley Dale Ballroom! 

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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Latin Roots: The Christmas Music Of Latin America

Ranchera star Lila Downs.
Eric Jamison Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 6:46 pm

In this edition of World Cafe, Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson sits down with host David Dye to discuss the Christmas music traditions of Latin America. One thing that sets Central America's music apart from that of North America, she says, is the fact that a lot of it is made for dancing.

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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree On World Cafe

The Polyphonic Spree.
Steve Wrubel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 4:20 pm

This segment originally aired on Dec. 25, 2012.

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World Cafe
5:35 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Pink Martini On World Cafe

From Portland, Ore., stems a global sound that is powerful in its orchestral beauty. Thomas Lauderdale started Pink Martini more than 15 years ago, a fitting name for the colorful and classy orchestra. Lauderdale's mission was to create a sound that would support political fundraisers for civil, environmental and educational causes, among others. Since then, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide.

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World Cafe
12:44 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Pink Martini On World Cafe

Pink Martini.
Autumn De Wilde

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:23 pm

From Portland, Ore., stems a global sound that is powerful in its orchestral beauty. Thomas Lauderdale started Pink Martini more than 15 years ago, a fitting name for the colorful and classy orchestra. Lauderdale's mission was to create a sound that would support political fundraisers for civil, environmental and educational causes, among others. Since then, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide.

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World Cafe
12:44 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

Tracey Thorn.
Edward Bishop Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:19 pm

When veteran U.K. singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn decided to put together her own Christmas album — a project she'd been pursuing for several years — she opted for a slightly less traditional approach.

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World Cafe
6:30 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Brian Eno On World Cafe

Brian Eno.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:03 pm

  • Listen To The Interview

British musician, composer and producer Brian Eno is commonly recognized as one of the most important innovators in ambient music. Though he now mainly composes using computers, Eno was one of the early pioneers of tape-loop music.

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World Cafe
7:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Minus The Bear On World Cafe

Minus The Bear.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 9:59 am

The majority of Minus The Bear's records have been iterations of the intricate, melodic rock the Seattle band has been playing since it formed in 2001. In 2010 the band made a slight departure with Omni, an album that relied much more heavily on synthesizers and keyboards.

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