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
12:06 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Whitehorse On 'World Cafe: Next'

Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet of Whitehorse.
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When the genre-defying Melissa McClelland married Juno nominee Luke Doucet, it seemed inevitable that the Canadian power couple would collaborate soon. After all, they'd had overlapping but stylistically diverse careers. McClelland was featured in Degrassi and won Best Americana Song at the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards, and her collaboration with Jesse Cook for his track "It Ain't Me Babe" spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's world-music charts.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Mon January 23, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Singer-Songwriters

Left to right: Aimee Mann, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega.

Frank Micelotta ImageDirect/Getty Images/Hulton Archive

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 7:54 pm

On today's jam-packed session, host David Dye takes us on a journey through the singer-songwriter movement of the 1990s, with artists who were at the forefront of the World Cafe program in its infancy.

We hear from Suzanne Vega, seen by many as the standard-bearer for this moment in music with her impeccable knack for storytelling in a neo-folk style. She stopped by the studio in 1993, in the wake of "Tom's Diner," one of her most popular hits.

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World Cafe
4:42 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Snow Patrol On World Cafe

Snow Patrol's newest album is titled Fallen Empires.
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Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 11:37 am

Blending melodic, powerful, guitar-driven indie rock with hook-filled pop and Coldplay-style balladry, Scottish band Snow Patrol has become an international sensation with heavy touring, chart-topping albums and beautiful singles. In 2003, Final Straw vaulted the group onto the international music scene.

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World Cafe
11:57 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The Little Willies On World Cafe

The Little Willies.
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The informal nature of The Little Willies speaks to its members' chemistry and love of country-music classics; after all, their moniker is a tribute to country-music legend Willie Nelson.

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World Cafe
4:20 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Crooked Fingers On World Cafe

Matt Yelton, Eric Bachmann and Liz Durrett of Crooked Fingers.
Justin Evans

Eric Bachmann can't seem to stay away from music. The talented singer-songwriter first attracted mainstream and underground attention in the '90s with Archers of Loaf before introducing a new project called Crooked Fingers in 2000.

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Ani DiFranco On World Cafe

Ani DiFranco
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Ani DiFranco called on a diverse lineup of guests, including Pete Seeger and Anais Mitchell, for her first new record in three years. Over the course of 21 studio albums in a 21-year career, DiFranco's folk-rock music has broached topics from politics to love, but has never strayed from being, as she would say, "righteous." In every sense of the word

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World Cafe: Next
10:10 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Novalima On 'World Cafe: Next'

Novalima.
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Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:41 am

Novalima began in 2001 when four Peruvian friends, all living in different parts of the world, took to the Internet to exchange ideas. Pulling from rock, pop, salsa, reggae, dance and electronic music, they formed a collective that would soon become known worldwide for its inventive form of Afro-Peruvian roots music. Novalima released its self-titled debut in 2002, and its 2005 follow-up won the Independent Music Award for best album in world fusion.

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World Cafe
4:46 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Tori Amos On World Cafe

Tori Amos.
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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 2:30 pm

For more than 20 years, Tori Amos has been one of the most inventive and distinctive singer-songwriters in contemporary music. With eight Grammy nominations and millions of albums sold worldwide, Amos has become a living legend. Her solo career has evolved unpredictably, from acoustic piano to electronica and orchestral styles.

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World Cafe
7:01 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Chris Isaak On World Cafe

On his new album, Chris Isaak croons his way through classic covers.
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More than 20 years after his hit single, "Wicked Game," appeared in David Lynch's film Wild at Heart, Chris Isaak continues to produce the sort of timelessly yearning music that made him a star. Over the course of his 30-year career, Isaak has composed and crooned his way into the national spotlight with 15 albums and countless TV appearances.

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World Cafe
4:26 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Latin Roots: Salsa With A Twist

Bio Ritmo.
Chris Smith

Today, World Cafe kicks off the new series Latin Roots, with Latin music expert Aaron Luis Levinson. Levinson visits host David Dye in WXPN's studios to share his take on all things salsa: the music, the beat and the culture. Levinson, a member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is a Grammy-winning producer, musician, composer and owner of Range Recording Studios in Ardmore, Penn.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Kathryn Calder On World Cafe

Kathryn Calder's charming vocals come alive in Bright and Vivid.
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Canadian singer Kathryn Calder is quickly making her mark in power-pop, both with her contributions to The New Pornographers and with her own masterful solo releases. Calder has matured quickly as a musician, creating a self-described "synth-pop" experience woven together by her unique and charming vocals.

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World Cafe
6:30 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

Laura Veirs sings folk songs for children in her 2011 album Tumble Bee.
Alicia Rose Courtesy of the artist

Portland singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has been known to draw inspiration from her immediate family. Early on, memories of summertime camping trips powered her lyrics. More recently, the birth of her son, Tennessee, pushed her to record an album of classic folk songs for children, aptly titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs For Children.

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World Cafe
3:24 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Rosanne Cash

World Cafe's 20th-anniversary celebration featured two intimate conversations with Cash. The show includes her emotional, candid response to the loss of her famous father, as well as performances of songs from records she made in his memory.

World Cafe
3:20 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

The Lumineers On 'World Cafe: Next'

The Lumineers.
Mark Sink

The Lumineers' self-titled debut is an illuminating collection of ragged folk-rock.

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World Cafe
4:26 am
Mon January 9, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Rosanne Cash

Roseanne Cash.

Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 7:55 pm

World Cafe has been lucky enough to feature Rosanne Cash more than once; in fact, her interview from 2006 is one of our absolute favorites of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Primus On World Cafe

Primus.
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Formed in 1984, Primus is best known for its irreverent funk-metal style, which came to dominate radio airwaves in the '90s. Since releasing its official debut in 1989, the band has experienced lineup changes over the years, but one important element has remained constant: the spiraling bass lines of lead singer and bassist Les Claypool. Throughout the '90s, Primus grew a cult following, then burst into the mainstream with releases like 1993's Pork Soda. The group also wrote the now-classic opening theme for South Park before going on hiatus in 2000.

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World Cafe
11:56 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Barr Brothers On World Cafe

The Barr Brothers.
Andre Guerette

The Barr Brothers' self-titled debut is a powerful and moving folk record: It combines delicate harp arrangements with a rock 'n' roll sensibility and richly interwoven instrumentation. It's both a powerful record and a product of the uncanny series of events that led to the band's formation.

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World Cafe
11:55 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Active Child On World Cafe

Active Child.
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Under the name Active Child, Pat Grossi crafts gorgeous arrangements out of harps, synths and electronic drums, each of which complements his own ethereal voice. The elements of church music in his compositions stem from an authentic place: Grossi has been singing since his early days as a choirboy.

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World Cafe
5:16 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Sallie Ford And The Sound Outside On World Cafe

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside.
Melani Brown

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside's frontwoman was working as a waitress when she met bandmates Tyler Tornfelt (upright bass), Ford Tennis (drums) and Jeff Munger (guitar). Together, the four quickly built a following in their local music scene for their quirky style and energetic retro sensibility.

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World Cafe
2:36 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Oh! Pears On 'World Cafe: Next'

Oh! Pears' Corey Duncan.
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Oh! Pears is the brainchild of Seattle native Corey Duncan, who started the 13-piece group after a split with his former band Pattern Is Movement. With two violas, a violin, two cellos, four guitars, two drum stations, a flute, a trumpet and plenty of voices, Oh! Pears creates robust layers of instrumentation and vocals on its latest EP, Fill Your Lungs.

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