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
5:23 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Robert Glasper Experiment On World Cafe

Robert Glasper Experiment fuses hip-hop, blues, soul and rock with jazz music.
Mike Schreiber

Though Robert Glasper Experiment is a fairly new entity, Glasper himself has been experimenting in genre mash-ups for his entire musical career. First and foremost a jazz pianist, Glasper grew to love hip-hop and began to incorporate it into his music. He's played in a jazz trio and toured the world playing at jazz festivals, but recently, he's become renowned for his ability to mix unlikely elements into something startlingly original — even if he's covering the work of another artist.

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World Cafe
5:12 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

The Milk Carton Kids.
Brendan Pattengale

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:03 pm

Today's Vintage Cafe features Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who record under the name The Milk Carton Kids. The two made a wise choice in 2008 to join forces and give away their music for free — a bold move in any era.

This interview originally ran in 2013 around the release of their third album, The Ash & Clay. In this interview, they talk about their time together as a band and their new coming-of-age songs — particularly a gorgeous tune about Memphis. The duo's spring tour of the U.S. is already sold out through June 1.

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World Cafe
12:53 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Salim Nourallah On 'World Cafe: Next'

Salim Nourallah's latest album, Hit Parade, comes out April 12.
Courtesy of the artist

Deeply influenced by the pop of The Beatles while also incorporating alt-country elements from his Texas background, Salim Nourallah found solace in music at an early age. He's released several albums as a solo artist, earning a reputation for the power of his words and the deftness of his melodies.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: The Sound Of Memphis

Al Green performs during the 2009 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

Sean Gardner Getty Images

Today's episode of World Cafe celebrates the iconic sound of Memphis, Tenn., and Stax Records by looking back at past conversations with some of its key players.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Archie Powell And The Exports On 'World Cafe: Next'

Archie Powell and the Exports.
Carolina M. Rodriguez

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 4:32 pm

With simple melodies and sardonic lyrics, Archie Powell and the Exports' new album, Great Ideas in Action, may well be the soundtrack to this summer. The group released its first EP (Loose Change) in 2009, and its debut album, Skip Work, followed a year later. Skip Work was praised for its addictive hooks, lyrical wit and sophistication. Buried beneath catchy, raucous rock 'n' roll, the album's emotional content reflected the nervous energy and anxiety that the band members say they felt graduating college.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: World Music

Angélique Kidjo.

Jed Root

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.

On today's World Cafe, we look to Nigeria, Benin and Cuba and highlight some of our favorite conversations with world-music innovators.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

fun. On World Cafe

fun.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 12:22 pm

This segment, from March 23, 2012, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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World Cafe
4:54 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Latin Roots: Josh Norek On Latin Hip-Hop

Ana Tijoux.
Courtesy of the artist

On the latest segment of the "Latin Roots" music series, Josh Norek, co-host and executive producer of The Latin Alternative (a one-hour radio show of Latin funk, hip-hop and electronica), stops by the studio. A musician, producer and journalist who works for the Latin indie label Nacional Records, Norek spends a good deal of his time exploring the history and direction of Latin hip-hop.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Heartless Bastards On World Cafe

Erika Wennerstrom, Dave Colvin, Jesse Ebaugh and Mark Nathan of Heartless Bastards.
Nathan Presley

The Cincinnati band Heartless Bastards is led by Erika Wennerstrom, whose husky vocals have fueled the group's progression into a powerhouse rock force on its fourth studio album, Arrow. The new record marinates in all that is classic rock — catchy hooks, big riffs, a powerful voice — but also sets itself apart with Wennerstrom's distinct voice.

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World Cafe
1:20 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Zola Jesus On World Cafe

Zola Jesus.
Courtesy of the artist

Nika Roza Danilova, known on stage as Zola Jesus, has crafted an experimental, genre-straddling sound which incorporates Gothic rock, lo-fi acoustic music, orchestral instrumentals, ambient electronic sounds and strong, diva-esque vocals. She's released three full-length studio albums in the span of three years, and each has sounded more purposeful and powerful than the last.

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World Cafe
2:32 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Anaïs Mitchell On World Cafe

Anais Mitchell has a penchant for storied poetry and a deep reverence for the expressiveness of folk music.
Courtesy of the artist

Vermont folk singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's confessional ballads and strong, emotive singing have earned her comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Jennifer Castle On 'World Cafe: Next'

Jennifer Castle is a Canadian folk singer with a gift for turning simple things into resonating music.
Eva Michon Courtesy of the artist

Jennifer Castle has been described more than once as one of Canadian folk's best kept secrets for her otherworldly and captivating style. She's collaborated with a diverse range of contemporaries — The Constantines, Doug Paisley and Ryan Driver, to name a few. Her three minimalist and delicate full-length albums incorporate her many inspirations — nature, space, planets and the simple things in life.

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World Cafe
4:11 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Sense Of Place: Natives Shed Light On Portland

Typhoon is an up-and-coming Portland collective known for its particular orchestration.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:32 pm

This World Cafe segment completes our Sense of Place Portland series, and the focus is on what Portland, Ore. — a city brimming with culture, coffee and bands — has been like for the musicians who settle there.

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World Cafe
2:17 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

The Shins On World Cafe

The Shins' latest release, Port Of Morrow, is their first album in five years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 11:49 am

The Shins are a dream-pop outfit from Portland, Ore. Arising as a side project while singer/songwriter James Mercer lived in New Mexico, the band took on a life of its own after a number of singles such as "New Slang" were featured in films, pulling the young indie rock group into the national spotlight.

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Sense Of Place: The Charms Of Portland

David Dye and Tucker Martine.
WXPN

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

Who better to introduce the true sound of Portland, Ore. than the man behind many of its best musical acts?

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World Cafe
4:17 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Portland's Revered Record Stores

The storefront of Music Millennium, Portland's premier independent record store.
WXPN

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

Our Sense of Place Portland series focuses on the history of Portland, Ore. pop music as observed by longtime resident Terry Currier. He's uniquely qualified to survey the Portland music scene and the state of the record business because he owns Music Millennium, Portland's premier independent record store, where he has worked since 1972. He is also the founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Imelda May On World Cafe

Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May.
Courtesy of the artist

Imelda May began her affair with rockabilly early on in life — by the time she was 9, she'd already begun to emulate Elmore James and Billie Holiday. In 2007, after years of singing in clubs, May stole the spotlight with Love Tattoo. The 12-track collection shot to the #1 spot in Ireland, stealing the hearts of audiences and contemporaries the world over.

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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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