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
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

The vintage sounds of Allah-Las combine the harmonies and hooks of the British Invasion with the atmosphere of a West Coast psychedelic band. Three of the group's four members met while working at the legendary record store Amoeba, where they discovered a mutual love for '60s rock and the beach.

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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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Music Reviews
3:24 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Shemekia Copeland Embodies The Blues On '33 1/3'

Shemekia Copeland's new album is titled 33 1/3.
Sandrine Lee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 3:25 pm

Shemekia Copeland says she didn't really find her singing voice until her teen years, when her father, the late blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, began suffering from health issues. On her new album, 33 1/3, she finds a different kind of voice — one that's eager to participate in a national dialogue.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
8:23 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Ingrid Michaelson Live From Studio A Oct. 10, 2012

Ingrid Michaelson Live From Studio A

Ingrid Michaelson will perform a few songs live for us during The Global Village ahead of her sold out show at The LC! 

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World Cafe
8:03 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Next: Moon Taxi

Moon Taxi.
Courtesy of darkroomdemons.com

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 11:31 am

  • Hear new tracks from Moon Taxi

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
12:46 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Channy Leanagh (Poliça) Live From Studio A Oct. 8, 2012 @ 2PM

Polica Live From Studio A

Singer Channy Leanagh of the electro-pop outfit Poliça  will perform a few songs during The Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Basement. 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Guy Forsyth Live From Studio A Oct. 5, 2012 @ 2PM!

Guy Forsyth Live From Studio A

The 20-year Austin veteran, Guy Forsyth, will join us live from Studio A during The Global Village!

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

David Wax Museum On World Cafe

David Wax Museum.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:38 pm

David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican and American folk music into what the band calls "Mexo-Americana" — a style that's lively and unique. David Wax and Suz Slezak, the band's core members, met in Boston in 2007. After spending summers working with Quakers in rural Mexico, Wax spent a graduate fellowship year studying the local music of Mexico.

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World Cafe
5:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Next: The Lighthouse And The Whaler

The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
Ming Wu Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear two new tracks from The Lighthouse and the Whaler

The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band based in Cleveland, Ohio, though its name actually references the waters off the coast of Massachusetts. Originally, Michael LoPresti and Aaron Smith were its only members, and the very first song they wrote together, "The Field Song," ended up picked for a Paste sampler CD.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
12:06 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Indigenous Live From Studio A Oct. 3, 2012 @ 2PM

Indigenous Live From Studio A

The Native American blues rock group, Indigenous will play a few songs live during The Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Rumba Cafe

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
1:33 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Langhorne Slim & The Law Live From Studio A 10/01/12

Langhorne Slim & The Law Live From Studio A

Langhorne Slim & The Law is on tour in support of their latest CD, The Way We Move, and they'll be making a stop at WCBE before their show at Ace Of Cups that night. 

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World Cafe
4:17 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford and Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 2:03 pm

It took a while, but the London folk-rock band Mumford & Sons broke big with its 2009 debut album, Sigh No More. The album combines the raspy vocals of singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and rootsy instrumentation on tracks that range from soothing to rocking.

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