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
5:03 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kinky On World Cafe

Kinky.
Pablo Levinas

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:06 pm

A quintet from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky formed in 1998. Dust Brothers' John King — who has worked with Beck, The Rolling Stones and The Beastie Boys — produced the band's latest album, Sueño De La Maquina (Dream Machine).

The band is nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Alternative Music Album and Best Alternative Song, and is also nominated for Best Latin Artist North at the MTV Europe Awards. Dream Machine mixes hypnotic lyrics with electronic rhythms.

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World Cafe
2:22 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Allen Stone On World Cafe

Allen Stone.
Lonnie Webb Courtesy of the artist

Soulful singer-songwriter Allen Stone wasn't allowed to listen to secular music as a child. At a young age, he was exposed to religious music growing up in Washington state because his father was a pastor. In his teens, he dropped out of bible college and moved to Seattle to work on music. A veteran of the West Coast club scene, Stone has now released two albums, the second of which was recently reissued after he was picked up by a national label.

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Next: People Get Ready

People Get Ready.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear two new tracks by People Get Ready

The Brooklyn band People Get Ready has been combining music and performance art since 2009, when the group first performed at The Kitchen's Dance and Process series in New York. The band released its self-titled debut earlier this month, and it's a fine collection of harmony-rich pop.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:35 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Rodriguez Live From Studio A Nov. 1, 2012 @ 2PM!

Rodriguez
last.fm

Hailing from Detroit, the Mexican-American folk musician will play live for us during the Global Village! 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
2:57 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

He's My Brother She's My Sister Live From Studio A Oct. 30, 2012 @ 2PM!

He's My Brother She's My Sister Live From Studio A
Credit offtheradarmusic.com

L.A.'s He's My Brother She's My Sister will play their mix of folk, glam and western swing during their live session on the Global Village.  They're touring in support of the new CD Nobody Dances In This Town.  Tune in for a chance to win tickets for the show that night at Woodland's Tavern!  Erica Blinn and Teen Fiction will open up!

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World Cafe
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Twin Shadow On World Cafe

Twin Shadow.
Tina Tyrell

Few artists channel the spirit of '80s new wave as infectiously as George Lewis Jr., better known by the stage name Twin Shadow. Lewis wears his '80s pop influences on his sleeve throughout his recent second album, Confess: The sleek synth-pop vibe of "Five Seconds" recalls Duran Duran, while "Run My Heart" evokes Bruce Springsteen power ballads and Lewis' breathy, straightforward vocals convey the swagger of Prince. Lewis' R&B leanings help give Twin Shadow's sound its own distinct, surprisingly modern identity.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Bobby Womack On World Cafe

Bobby Womack.
Jamie-James Medina

Soul legend Bobby Womack was considered a survivor before he'd started work on his long-awaited comeback album The Bravest Man in the Universe. After overcoming hospitalization with pneumonia and successful treatment of colon cancer while in the midst of recording the album, Womack released his finest work in ages over the summer.

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World Cafe
5:17 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Next: The Great American Canyon Band

The Great American Canyon Band.
Connie Ward Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 5:19 pm

The Great American Canyon Band is a Baltimore indie-folk act featuring husband-and-wife duo Paul and Krystal Jean Masson. The pair's first single, "Tumbleweed," is a lovely, dreamy piece of countrified rock, destined for road trips. The rest of the self-titled EP came out in May, and an additional track, "Young Lady," was released on Sept. 5; it's available for download here.

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Author Interviews
10:47 am
Sun October 21, 2012

'John Lennon Letters' Reveal A Life As It Happened

John Lennon signs autographs during the filming of The Magical Mystery Tour.
Jim Gray Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 4:21 pm

John Lennon loved word play; he wrote songs that have not only become standards, but also milestones, like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields," which he wrote with the Beatles, and "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance," which he wrote on his own. For most of his life, he also composed letters to friends and family; then lovers, as he grew up; and strangers, as he grew famous. His notes, letters and postcards often contained small, funny drawings and self portraits.

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Music Interviews
10:43 am
Sun October 21, 2012

From Elgar To Beatles: Abbey Road Blazed A Trail

The iconic cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road.
Album cover

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:01 pm

In 1969, four moppy-haired musicians named John, Paul, George and Ringo walked single file on a London crosswalk and made one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Today, a steady stream of Beatles fans and London tourists are still eager to walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four on that famous stretch of asphalt.

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World Cafe
6:05 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Grizzly Bear On World Cafe

Grizzly Bear.
Tom Hines

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 5:46 pm

Grizzly Bear began in 2004 as a bedroom project for Ed Droste. By 2006, Droste had a full band alongside him: Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear and Chris Taylor. They released Yellow House the same year, but it was 2009's Veckatimest that propelled the group to worldwide fame.

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World Cafe
6:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Latin Roots: Ranchera

Chavela Vargas was especially known for her rendition of Mexican ranchera.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 6:08 pm

As part of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Felix Contreras from NPR's Alt.Latino explores the ranchera. We'll hear old and new examples of this Mexican narrative form.

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World Cafe
2:28 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Janka Nabay And The Bubu Gang On World Cafe

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.
Courtesy of the artist

Ahmed Janka Nabay was one of the first musicians to take 500-year-old bubu music outside of his homeland of Sierra Leone, where he'd been a rock star. Nabay was forced to flee the country in the midst of that country's civil war, and eventually wound up in Philadelphia in 2003. Nine years later, Nabay's band has released its first album, En Yay Sah, which blends bubu and electronic dance music.

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Dwight Yoakam On World Cafe

Dwight Yoakam.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 5:06 pm

Country-music singer-songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam blends several genres on his first album in five years, 3 Pears. Released last month, 3 Pears is full of surprises, jumping from Motown and soul to light pop and no-frills rock 'n' roll. Beck produced two of its tracks, while Kid Rock co-wrote the catchy lead single "Take Hold of My Hand."

In this World Cafe session, Yoakam performs four tracks from 3 Pears and sits down for a lengthy and at times emotional interview with host David Dye.

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World Cafe
3:59 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Next: Allah-Las

Allah-Las.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear two new tracks from Allah-Las

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WCBE EXLCUSIVE
9:51 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Old Crow Medicine Show Live From Studio A Oct. 26, 2012 @ 1PM!

Old Crow Medicine Show Live From Studio A

Touring in support of their new CD, Carry Me Back, Old Crow Medicine Show will make a stop by  WCBE and play a few songs live during the Global Village! 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
8:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Xavier Rudd Live From Studio A Oct. 26, 2012 @ 2PM!

Xavier Rudd Live From Studio A

Xavier Rudd, the Aussie musician, activist, and surfer will join us Live From Studio A during The Global Village to play a few songs from his 7th release, Spirit Bird. 

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Patrick Watson On World Cafe

Patrick Watson (right).
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 3:16 pm

Polaris Prize-winning singer-songwriter Patrick Watson makes music the way some directors make film: in three dimensions and with lots of emotion. With the aid of guitarist Simon Angell, percussionist Robbie Kuster and bassist Mishka Stein, Watson crafts songs that are experimental in nature, blending cabaret-style pop with classical and indie-rock music.

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World Cafe
4:49 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Debo Band On World Cafe

Debo Band.
Shawn Brackbill Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 2:18 pm

The 11-member group from Boston known as Debo Band has a sound influenced by the traditional music played in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. This style, labeled "Addis swing," came about amid the cultural freedom of that period, before a military coup put an end to the era. Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen, who was born in Sudan and grew up in Texas, founded Debo Band, which released a self-titled album in July.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
1:00 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Sugar + The Hi-Lows Live From Studio A Oct. 10, 2012 @ 2PM!

Sugar + The Hi-Lows Live From Studio A

Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup make up Sugar + The Hi-Lows and they'll be dropping by the Global Village to play a few songs live during the 2PM hour!

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