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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The Carrboro/Chapel Hill, N.C. based Spider Bags will play a few songs for us during the Global Village! 

Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen will play a few songs for us during the Global Village before his show the next night at Skully's!

He's out on the road in support of his latest full length album Ledges and will be making a stop in Columbus and WCBE!

London's Bear's Den are in the States for a month long headline tour and will making a stop in Columbus! 

Reuben and the Dark is the newest project from Calgary's Reuben Bullock and they'll play a stripped down session for you during the Global Village!

Texas native Israel Nash will be playing a few songs during the Global Village ahead of his show with Sons Of Bill that night at The Basement

The Acoustic Rock, Alternative Folk outfit The Last Bison will play a few songs for us during the Global Village!

Sharon Van Etten will be playing a few songs for us during the Global Village in advance of her show that night at The Wexner Center!

Tune in for to hear Stu Larsen during the Global Village!

First Listen: King Tuff, 'Black Moon Spell'

Sep 16, 2014

Vermont native King Tuff, a.k.a. Kyle Thomas, has been prowling the corners of the D.I.Y. scene for years, both in this solo guise and as a member of several vastly different acts: the freak-folk outfit Feathers, the wunderkind pop band Happy Birthday, the doom-metal burner Witch. But until Black Moon Spell, he hadn't really pushed his persona so far in a single direction. On his third full-length album, Thomas re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager, out for kicks, laughs, and maybe a little mailbox baseball, as opposed to bloodshed and the apocalypse.

A clue about the scruffy aesthetic of Sukierae arrives at the 2:27 mark of "World Away," one of 20 (!) songs on the first family-band album from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Until this point, the tune — a variation on the Bo Diddley beat strummed on acoustic guitar, with Tweedy's sleepy voice distantly implying a blues cadence — has been fairly straightforward.

Leonard Cohen is not a man for manifestos. Peripatetic bohemian, Montreal native, Zen meditator, diaspora Jew: Rock's almost-octogenarian philosopher emeritus inhabits identities that are multiple, contested, and resistant to orthodoxy. He is, however, willing to lay some things on the line. "I'm slowing down the tune, I never liked it fast," he intones over a burlesque blues line in the first track on his 13th studio album, Popular Problems. "You want to get there soon; I want to get there last."

The artist once known at Gene Ween... Aaron Freeman has recently released FREEMAN, the self-titled debut from his new band.

Austin based musician Charlie Mars will be give us a little preview of his new album The Money before it comes out on Oct. 14th.

We're looking forward to the return of Justin Townes Earle to Columbus!  

Afie Jurvanen has making music under the name Bahamas since 2009.

Lydia Loveless On World Cafe

Aug 12, 2014

Lydia Loveless released her third album, Somewhere Else, early this year. The 23-year-old released her first album when she was 19, though it was filled with songs she'd written early in her teenage years. By any measure, that's a lot of music in a short amount of time.

Nashville based singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell will play a few songs for us during the Global Village!

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NPR Music, WFUV in New York City and are headed to the 2014 Newport Folk Festival this month, and we'll be gathering some great music listeners On Friday, July 25, we'll broadcast and webcast Ryan Adams LIVE from 6pm-7:30pm ET on!

Listen to the stream.