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
4:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Latin Roots: Bachata, The Underdog Of Latin Music, Grows Up

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Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:08 pm

We've heard from Alt. Latino co-host Felix Contreras in the past, but here we'll hear from the show's other half, Jasmine Garsd. Garsd was raised in Buenos Aires and connected with the Argentine rock scene in her teens. She moved to the U.S.

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World Cafe
4:41 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Bassnectar On World Cafe

Bassnectar's new album is Vava Voom.
Peter Samuels

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 12:09 pm

Since beginning his "open-source" musical project in the 1990s, Lorin Ashton and his Bassnectar alias have become nearly superhuman. Bassnectar is associated with a community of devoted Bass Heads, several non-profit and charity organizations and shows of such epic proportions, they're called Bass Centers. Ashton describes his music as "the motion of [his] cells bouncing back at the world," and tens of thousands of people connect with it as a deeply human pursuit, as well. Last year, he sold out a New Year's Eve show attended by 10,000 fans.

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World Cafe
3:26 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Loudon Wainwright III On World Cafe

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Loudon Wainwright III has the makings of a great legacy many times over.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Next: Said The Whale

Jonathan Taggart

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 4:55 pm

  • Hear two new tracks by Said The Whale

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World Cafe
1:03 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Beck

Beck.

Autumn de Wilde

Beck has been an influential creative force for two decades, popular for his sharp, intelligent and often humorous lyrics. Slickly genre-hopping from punk to folk, alternative and electro, he's put out albums both acoustic and electric, but always innovative. Today's installment of World Cafe revisits three of his interviews from the past decade or so.

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World Cafe
6:37 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

The Ting Tings On World Cafe

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When The Ting Tings exploded onto the pop scene in 2007, their grunge-chic style and sound were destined for success. Now, five years after the debut of their hit single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" and four years after their first full length, We Started Nothing, The Ting Tings are back.

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World Cafe
5:31 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Polica On World Cafe

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Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 4:33 pm

Despite the slow, twisting, synth-looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions. Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to one of her bandmates, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs. The two worked together on Gayngs' album Relayted in 2010 and they were interested in working together again.

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World Cafe
10:35 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Allo Darlin' On World Cafe

Allo Darlin'.
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Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:03 pm

Allo Darlin' crafts quirky, personal rock, driven by lap steel, ukulele and charming four-part harmonies. The band formed in 2009 under the guidance of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Morris, whose voice meshes beautifully with those of Paul Rains, Bill Botting and Mikey Collins. Together, they spent two years touring in support of their gorgeous 2010 debut.

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World Cafe
5:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

First Aid Kit On World Cafe

First Aid Kit.
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Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 6:15 pm

Named as a World Cafe: Next artist just this past March, the charming sister duo First Aid Kit returns with a full-length World Cafe session. Swedish siblings Johanna and Klara Söderberg are barely into their twenties, but they already have an international reputation for their rich harmonies and simple, rousing folk songs.

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Next: Allo Darlin'

Allo Darlin's sophomore album is called Europe.
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Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 8:48 pm

  • Hear two new tracks by Allo Darlin'

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World Cafe
4:58 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Bonnie Raitt On World Cafe

Bonnie Raitt's new album is titled Slipstream.
Marina Chavez

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 5:11 pm

Bonnie Raitt is a blues-rock legend with nine Grammys and five platinum albums under her belt. Her rootsy and passionate take on everything blues — combined with her intimate understanding of composition, deft slide-guitar skills and soulful vocals — helped Raitt become an icon.

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World Cafe
1:14 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Latin Roots: The Political Beginnings Of Latin Rock

El Chicano.
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Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 5:18 pm

On today's episode of Latin Roots, NPR's Felix Contreras returns to discuss the Latin Alternative music of the 1970s. Contreras is a connoisseur of Latin music who hosts NPR's Alt.Latino, reports on jazz, world music and Latin culture for NPR's Arts Desk, and plays in several Latin and jazz bands. Here, Contreras describes how politics in the 1970s influenced Latin music of the era.

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World Cafe
11:41 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Band Of Skulls On World Cafe

Band of Skulls' new album is titled Sweet Sour.
Steve Gullick

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 1:14 pm

The English group Band of Skulls makes music that recalls The Black Keys and The Kills' heavy, distorted, guitar-driven rock. On its 2009 debut, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, Band of Skulls proved it could own several styles of classic rock. But the follow-up, Sweet Sour, is comparatively airtight — and has already hit the U.K. charts.

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World Cafe
7:44 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Birdy On World Cafe

Birdy is a 15-year-old singer from the U.K.
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Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:17 am

British artist Jasmine van den Bogaerde — better known as Birdy — is probably best known for her 2011 cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." The 15-year-old started playing piano at 5, began composing a few years later and won the Open Mic UK competition in 2008 at the age of 12. The win guaranteed the young artist a recording contract, but before releasing her debut, she'd already scored a spot on the U.K. pop chart with her cover of "Skinny Love," making Birdy a household name in the U.K.

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World Cafe
4:18 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Simone Felice On World Cafe

Simone Felice's self-titled solo debut came out in April.
John Huba

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 9:44 am

Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs.

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World Cafe
12:16 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

BADBADNOTGOOD On 'World Cafe: Next'

BADBADNOTGOOD..
Sean Berrigan

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:30 pm

BADBADNOTGOOD has a lot to boast about — it's recorded with Tyler, The Creator, played backup for Frank Ocean and performed as the band-in-residence at Coachella. Yet, on the trio's Bandcamp page, none of this is mentioned.

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World Cafe
10:22 am
Mon April 30, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Musicians We Miss

Townes van Zandt (left) and Jeff Buckley (right).

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisited some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
11:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

Karl Wallinger has just released a new box set titled Arkeology.
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Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:29 pm

Karl Wallinger is best known as the brains behind the Britpop band World Party. A Welsh singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Wallinger displayed an early obsession with all things folk and pop. After experience directing The Rocky Horror Show on stage and working in music publishing, he played keyboards for the Scottish folk-rock band The Waterboys.

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World Cafe
12:25 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka On World Cafe

Michael Kiwanuka's first full-length album is titled Home Again.
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Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 10:36 am

Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star — let alone a 24-year-old. Kiwanuka is of Ugandan descent and grew up in Muswell Hill, London.

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World Cafe
3:59 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Daniel Rossen On World Cafe

Daniel Rossen.
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By now, Daniel Rossen's name is synonymous with the kind of raggedy, whimsical, airy music he writes. A contributing songwriter and musician in Grizzly Bear, Rossen often saved his most personal compositions for his other band, Department of Eagles, which shares Grizzly Bear's roots in Rossen's undergraduate years at NYU. Both bands saw success, and Rossen continued to work in both projects.

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