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
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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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Yasek Manzano.
Courtesy of the artist

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Hacienda On World Cafe

Hacienda.
John Peets

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:48 pm

San Antonio's Hacienda is a family band featuring brothers Abraham, Jaime and Rene Villanueva, as well as their cousin Dante Schwebel. The Tex-Mex rockers had just started the band and recorded their first demo when they had an encounter that would change the course of their careers. In 2005, they met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys; after listening to their demo, Auerbach took them under his wing.

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World Cafe
5:29 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Next: Lightning Love

Lightning Love.
Chip Adams

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 6:45 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from Lightning Love

Lightning Love is an indie-pop trio from Ypsilanti, Mich. The band is led by quirky pop singer Leah Diehl, who originally started Lightning Love as a solo project, recording demos in her basement. As she gained attention online, Diehl was asked to play some shows in the Midwest, so to round out her live sound, Diehl teamed up with her friend Ben Collins and her brother Aaron Diehl, who play guitar and drums, respectively.

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World Cafe
2:24 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Band Of Horses On World Cafe

Band Of Horses.
Christopher Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 5:15 pm

Two years after the success of 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, the twangy rock group Band of Horses just returned with a new album titled Mirage Rock.

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Latin Roots: The Sound Of Africa In Cuba

The Afro-Cuban progressive rock group Síntesis.
Courtesy of the artist

In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Carlos Alfonso, one of the vocalists and principal songwriters of the Cuban progressive-rock band Síntesis, talks with host David Dye about the relationships connecting Cuban music, Yoruba music from Nigeria and Arara music out of Benin.

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World Cafe
3:39 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Síntesis On World Cafe

WXPN

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 8:25 am

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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World Cafe
2:06 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Sidi Toure On World Cafe

Sidi Toure.
Johnathan Crawford Courtesy of the artist

Sidi Touré is a Songhai singer-songwriter from the city of Gao in northern Mali. Though he grew up in a royal family, he sings the blues elegantly and in his own native language; interestingly, Touré has said he'd never heard American blues music until after his first album was released.

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World Cafe
3:26 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Dirty Projectors On World Cafe

Dirty Projectors.
Courtesy of the artist

This past July, the prolific indie-rock band Dirty Projectors returned with a new record, Swing Lo Magellan. Just as accessible as the group's 2009 breakthrough, Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors' sixth studio album places an added emphasis on the songs' concepts rather than just unique pop arrangements.

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World Cafe
4:19 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Eme Alfonso On World Cafe

Eme Alfonso.
WXPN

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 10:57 am

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba with the series Sense of Place.

"I always try to find art in everything I do, because I believe in music as a way of life. For me it's like a game, to mix everything I learn with my roots."

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kelly Hogan On World Cafe

Kelly Hogan.
Neko Case Courtesy of the artist

Kelly Hogan is a professional backup singer who spends a lot of time on the road with her friends Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock and many others.

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World Cafe
11:33 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Next: Save The Clocktower

Chicago's Save the Clocktower.
Jacob S. Knabb

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:39 pm

Chicago's Save the Clocktower formed in 2008 and kicked off its career in earnest the next year, when longtime friends Greg Newton (drums, vocals), Jimmy Shenk (keyboards) and Sean Paras (guitar/vocals) recorded their self-titled EP. In 2011, they released their first full-length album, Carousel, which is available as a free download on their Bandcamp page. Recently, a fourth member was added: bass player and older brother to Greg, Chris Newton.

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First Listen
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

First Listen: Grizzly Bear, 'Shields'

Grizzly Bear's new album, Shields, comes out Sept. 18.
Barbara Anastacio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 9:19 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

For a band with a firm grasp on pristine, precise production and immaculate vocal

harmonies, Grizzly Bear can be inscrutable at times: Its members have been known to use their formidable studio chops in the pursuit of what can sound like puzzles waiting to be solved.

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First Listen
11:57 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Charmer'

Aimee Mann's new album, Charmer, comes out Sept. 18.
Sheryl Nields Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 9:14 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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World Cafe
2:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Animal Collective On World Cafe

Animal Collective.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:35 pm

The members of the inventive, experimental rock band Animal Collective first met in school in Baltimore County, Md. After collaborating throughout high school and college, they released their debut album as a group, Here Comes the Indian, in 2003. More studio albums followed, including the 2009 breakout Merriweather Post Pavilion.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Latin Roots: The Politics Of Music

Los Tigres Del Norte.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 5:29 pm

In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Raul Pacheco of the Grammy-winning band Ozomatli talks with host David Dye about how politics influence music. They've certainly affected Pacheco's music, as Ozomatli has been politically driven since its inception. The band's members started playing together 16 years ago, when they were working for the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles, and were asked to play for picketers during a strike.

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World Cafe
4:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Ozomatli On World Cafe

Ozomatli.
Courtesy of the artist

Ozomatli is a genre-spanning, Grammy-winning band whose sound draws from Latin influences like salsa and cumbia, as well as hip-hop, rock, reggae and funk. Its many members are political activists who met while working with the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles; their first performance was for picketers during a strike.

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The Record
4:54 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Requiem For A Monster Hit

Gotye and Kimbra in the video for "Somebody That I Used To Know".
Courtesy of Universal Republic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:15 pm

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World Cafe
1:33 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Melissa Etheridge On World Cafe

Melissa Etheridge.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 7:00 am

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has been making music since she first picked up a guitar at the age of 8. Playing in country groups throughout her teens in her home state of Kansas, Etheridge went on to a hugely successful and decorated 25-year solo career — and won two Grammy Awards and an Oscar along the way.

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Antibalas On World Cafe

Antibalas.
Courtesy of Marina Abadjieff

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:23 am

Sometimes known as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the New York band Antibalas — which means "bulletproof" in Spanish — is a large group of talented musicians who play rhythm-intensive Afrobeat music. In a seven-year stretch, Antibalas has released four albums and withstood a five-year hiatus in which several members worked on the Broadway musical FELA!

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