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
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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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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