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
12:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Sense Of Place: Discover Portland's Music Scene

Colin Meloy and David Dye in Portland.
Bob Giardini Courtesy of Bob G Media

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:33 pm

In this special World Cafe broadcast, we explore a side of Portland, Ore. with The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.

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World Cafe
11:59 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Julia Nunes On World Cafe

YouTube star Julia Nunes' first album for a record label, Settle Down, was released in February.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Hailing from New York, acoustic pop sensation Julia Nunes got her start posting videos on YouTube in 2006, playing covers from idols such as The Beatles, Ben Folds and The Beach Boys.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Y La Bamba On 'World Cafe: Next'

Y La Bamba's new album, Court The Storm, was released this February.
Sarah Law Courtesy of the artist

Hailing from the rain-soaked, indie folk hub that is Portland, Ore., the members of Y La Bamba are pretty far from their Latin inspirations. But this pop outfit is centered around the powerful, otherworldly vocals of Luz Elena Mendoza, and some of her main influences came from a childhood in Mexico — accordions, mariachi and Latin rhythms.

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World Cafe
3:40 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Shannon Brinkman

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:56 pm

This week, World Cafe invites you to discover the music of New Orleans with the series Sense of Place.

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World Cafe
4:52 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Willie Nile On World Cafe

Willie Nile.
Cristina Arrigoni

Willie Nile's folk-rock career has been varied and somewhat sporadic, but he always finds his way back to music. A gifted singer-songwriter, Nile has developed a versatile style that can be just as moving in a stadium as it is in a coffee shop.

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World Cafe
3:10 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Bahamas On World Cafe

Afie Jurvanen records and performs under the name Bahamas.
Dave Gillespie

Bahamas is the indie-folk project of Canadian singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen. His 2009 debut Pink Strat was nominated for a Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize, and was well-reviewed for its honest, no-frills, airy love songs.

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World Cafe
12:41 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

First Aid Kit On 'World Cafe: Next'

First Aid Kit.
Neil Krug

Both in their early 20s, First Aid Kit's Johanna and Klara Söderberg are already winning over listeners worldwide with their intricate, woodsy harmonizing. The Swedish duo's second album, The Lion's Roar, has already charted in Australia, Denmark, the U.K., Norway and Sweden.

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World Cafe
3:03 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Dr. Dog.
Chris Crisman

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 12:22 pm

The Philadelphia pop-rock band Dr. Dog has continued to get better since forming in the early 2000s. The group's seven albums of layered psychedelia are deeply influenced by the best of '60s pop, adding up to a sound that's both timeless and classic.

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World Cafe
4:30 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Kevn Kinney And Golden Palominos On World Cafe

Kevn Kinney (left) and Anton Fier have been friends and occasional collaborators since the 1980s.
Brittny Smith

Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin and Anton Fier of The Golden Palominos combine the twangy side of their respective rock bands for an album aptly titled A Good Country Mile. Through the '80s rock scene, Kinney and Fier became friends and collaborators, and the trend continues more than 20 years later.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

The Soul Rebels On World Cafe

The Soul Rebels infuse elements of brass band sound, marching band dynamics, jazz and soul into their music.
Rick Olivier Courtesy of the artist

The Soul Rebels could not be more aptly named. Formed in the '90s, the band originated within the New Orleans brass-band scene. Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss gathered jazz musicians from around New Orleans to create a sound based in soul and specific performance styles, but with the capacity to evolve. The result rebels against the rules of soul while paying homage to the genre.

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World Cafe
4:17 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Laura Gibson On World Cafe

Laura Gibson's new album is titled La Grande.
Courtesy of the artist

Laura Gibson's new album, La Grande, is built around a surprising musical contrast: Her hushed voice remains as quiet as ever, but her songs are louder and more complex. Although simplicity and lack of volume characterize Gibson's earlier work, her music today feels bigger without sacrificing intimacy: It meditates on mortality, carrying a weight of seriousness without being heavy. It's dark, but dispensed with a light touch.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Harriet On 'World Cafe: Next'

Harriet.
Courtesy of the artist

Harriet blends Americana and electronic music to create a sound that embodies the L.A. rock scene: Its debut EP, Tell the Right Story, sounds like a chillwave re-imagination of Kings of Leon or The National. The group combines hoarse vocals, dramatic riffs and electronic flourishes on its debut — available for free on Harriet's website, though probably not for long.

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World Cafe
9:30 am
Mon February 27, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Alternative

Liz Phair.

Courtesy of the artist

This episode of World Cafe honors the alternative rock movement of the 1990s, with six artists who rose to mainstream success: Kristin Hersh, Belly, Liz Phair, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield, and Matt

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World Cafe
3:05 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Nada Surf On World Cafe

Nada Surf.
Courtesy of the artist

On Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, the long-running band alternates between infectious optimism and sweet sadness. In spite of countless label changes, the group has remained remarkably consistent in its 20 years together: Blending good-natured affirmations with catchy pop-rock hooks, Nada Surf sounds like a bunch of fresh-faced kids, albeit unusually wise ones.

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World Cafe
1:33 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Novalima On World Cafe

Novalima.
Courtesy of the artist

Formed by four Peruvian high-school friends in 2001, Novalima has been making traditional music sound sultry and modern ever since. In the past decade, the group has grown to a nine-piece band that's helping change the way the world thinks about world music.

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World Cafe
12:12 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Los Campesinos! On World Cafe

Los Campesinos! has earned a reputation for dark humor and danceable beats.
Courtesy of the artist

After first coming together as a trio at Cardiff University in 2006, Los Campesinos! has blossomed into a septet with a reputation for lively indie-rock, in the spirit of everyone from Modest Mouse to Broken Social Scene to Belle and Sebastian. The generous joy in the Los Campesinos!

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World Cafe
1:28 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Cass McCombs On World Cafe

Cass McCombs released two of his six albums in 2011. His latest is Humor Risk.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 1:30 pm

Born in Northern California in the 1970s, Cass McCombs grew to adopt a wanderer's lifestyle.

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World Cafe
3:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Julia Nunes On 'World Cafe Next'

Julia Nunes is this week's World Cafe: Next featured artist.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist.

Before the eyes of her YouTube subscribers, Julia Nunes went from being a teen covering her favorite artists to a young woman playing live shows with them.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel

Mavis Staples performs with The Roots at the Climate Rally on the National Mall on April 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

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

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World Cafe
11:40 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Chairlift On World Cafe

Chairlift.
Alejandro Cardenas

Originally published on Sat February 18, 2012 11:24 pm

Produced by Hot Chip's Dan Carey, Chairlift's new album Something blends upbeat, synth-heavy pop with eerie lyrics that depart from the purely effervescent sound of the 2008 hit "Bruises." On Something, singer Caroline Polachek takes risks — manipulating her vocals with AutoTune and even programming synth parts to mimic the sou

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