The World Cafe

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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
12:25 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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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Ben Howard On World Cafe

Ben Howard is a no-nonsense, no-frills singer-songwriter.
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A surfer and songwriter, Ben Howard's two loves intertwined when the English surfing world became the first audience for his quiet, meditative music. At the encouragement of friends, Howard released two EPs and was soon invited to tour with Xavier Rudd. Howard is a talented artist in the vein of labelmate and influence Nick Drake, with similarly dark and soulful lyrics.

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World Cafe
12:16 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Young Man On 'World Cafe: Next'

Young Man, a.k.a. Colin Caulfield.
Kristianna Smith

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:06 pm

Young Man is Colin Caulfield, a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer of light yet deft indie-pop. While studying French and English at Loyola, Caulfield began putting cover songs on YouTube, and his lithe, lo-fi music soon drew comparisons to Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear.

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World Cafe
11:28 am
Mon April 23, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree

Uncle Tupelo at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeff Tweedy (second from left) went on to form Wilco, while Jay Farrar (second from right) created Son Volt.

Jim Leatherman

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
2:17 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Of Monsters And Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters And Men are an Icelandic folk-rock band.
Hörður Sveinsson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:58 am

Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic sextet specializing in catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting backups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when it won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands; since then, the buzz has only grown.

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World Cafe
12:47 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Latin Roots: The Lasting Fad Of Boogaloo

The Joe Cuba Sextet.
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Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 4:01 pm

Today's episode of Latin Roots features Felix Contreras, co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's online music program about Latin Alternative music. Also a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk, Contreras specializes in jazz, world music and Latino arts and culture. A part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion in several Latin and jazz bands, Contreras is uniquely qualified to discuss Latin Alternative music. In today's episode, he speaks about boogaloo, how it developed and how it impacts Latin music today.

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World Cafe
12:39 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Grimes On World Cafe

Grimes.
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Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 12:49 pm

Grimes is the one-woman project of Claire Boucher, a talented and eclectic Canadian singer. Born and raised in Vancouver, she moved to Montreal for college but left to pursue her craft when her work as Grimes began to take off. Marrying lo-fi punk with dreamy pop, Grimes quickly became a fixture in Montreal's underground music scene. Boucher incorporates elements of dance, video and still images into her live performances, creating otherworldly and entrancing multimedia experiences in the process.

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World Cafe
4:12 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Emeli Sande On World Cafe

Emeli Sande.
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Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenomenon at just 23. The U.K. soul singer wrote her first song at 11 and began participating in music competitions in her teens. Given her powerful vocals and keen understanding of what makes a great song, there was little doubt that her debut would be a doozy — especially once her first single, the soulful "Heaven," became a worldwide hit.

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World Cafe
1:26 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Geographer On World Cafe

Geographer's second album, Myths, was released in February.
Victoria Smith

Geographer's glittery, electronic pop-rock sound has been winning over fans on the West Coast for years. The trio formed in 2008 and released its first full-length album, Innocent Ghosts, a few months later. Now, four years after its debut, Geographer has finally returned with a new set of earnest, sonically sugar-coated songs.

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Haim On 'World Cafe: Next'

The Haim sisters are Danielle, Este and Alana.
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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:41 pm

After playing shows with their parents as children, the members of Haim now work as a serious stand-alone act. The Haim sisters are Danielle, Este and Alana, and their childhood experience of performing live has shaped them into a musical force as young adults. They first hit the L.A. music scene a few years ago — when each of the sisters was pursuing music, mostly in separate contexts — but their relatively recent decision to work together was inevitable.

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World Cafe
3:01 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Gotye On World Cafe

Gotye's new album is titled Making Mirrors.
James Bryans

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 5:52 pm

Our Vintage Cafe today is from 2012, the year the Melbourne, Australia-based artist Gotye's world-wide smash "Somebody That I Used To Know" was everywhere. The single has sold more than 30 million copies.

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World Cafe
1:23 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Fanfarlo On World Cafe

Fanfarlo's new second album is titled Rooms Filled With Light.
Deidre O'Callaghan

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 4:00 pm

Named after a French novella by poet Charles Baudelaire, Fanfarlo is a pop band from London with a wide range of instrumentation: mandolin, glockenspiel, musical saw, melodica, sax, clarinet and the usual drums, bass and guitar. With its beguiling and uplifting pop-folk, the quintet makes music that's accessible, refreshing and whimsical.

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Joe Louis Walker On World Cafe

Joe Louis Walker has 23 albums to his name.
Michael Weintrob

Electric bluesman Joe Louis Walker is a living legend. He was strumming a guitar by age 8, and by 16 was on stage; he's released 23 albums over the course of his career. Given his formidable talent and prodigious supply of soul-stirring vocal inspirations, it's little wonder that Walker has become a blues-rock hero and award-winner. He's still going strong, as evidenced by his fierce new album, aptly named Hellfire.

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Justin Townes Earle's latest release highlights his strength as a captivating storyteller.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 6:05 pm

Born in Nashville and more recently a resident of New York, Justin Townes Earle is no stranger to the road, and his latest album, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, takes us down I-40 to Memphis, Tenn. On songs like "Memphis in the Rain," "Baby's Got A Bad Idea" and "Maria," Earle's past becomes an open book and makes for arguably his strongest album yet.

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World Cafe
11:21 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Emily Wells On 'World Cafe: Next'

Emily Wells' new album, Mama, comes out April 10.
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Emily Wells began honing her violin skills at age 4, released her first album at 13, and hasn't slowed down since. Blending her classical training, hip-hop loops and folk influences, Wells has developed a unique sound while touring and releasing albums independently.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: '70s Singer-Songwriters

Joni Mitchell strums her guitar outside the Revolution club in London, circa 1968.

Central Press Getty Images

Today's episode of World Cafe revisits the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s, chronicling some of the decade's most masterful and indelible artists.

In a 2008 interview, the contemplative and politically minded Jackson Browne discusses his love songs, his reaction to the use of "Running on Empty" in a John McCain campaign ad and his beliefs surrounding the battle between nuclear and alternative power sources.

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World Cafe
2:22 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

New Multitudes On World Cafe

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker Needle, and Yim Yames make up New Multitudes.
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Often, an artist can be defined by his or her influences. Woody Guthrie's legacy demands instead that he be remembered for the legendary writers he influenced. Guthrie's music inspired musicians from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen, and his career as a Dust Bowl troubadour became representative of more than just American folk music.

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Latin Roots: Forty Years Of Latin Funk

Los Amigos Invisibles.
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Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 11:24 am

On this seventh segment of the Latin Roots series, Josh Norek joins World Cafe to explore the cultural roots of Latin funk — a mix of Latin grooves and Afro-American funk. Norek is the co-host and executive producer of The Latin Alternative, as well as a musician, producer and journalist who currently works for the Latin indie label Nacional Records.

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World Cafe
12:34 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

John K. Samson On World Cafe

John K. Samson.
Jason Halstead

John K. Samson, known for his eloquent lyrics and tenure as the frontman of Canadian indie-rock band The Weakerthans, just released his first solo album. Three years in the making, Provincial arose out of Samson's stated wish to capture the feel — a "musical map" — of three locations in his native Winnipeg.

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