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
3:04 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Bright Moments On 'World Cafe: Next'

Bright Moments' debut album, Natives, comes out Feb. 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 11:36 pm

With its fresh, upbeat sound, Bright Moments' debut album Natives will likely sound familiar when it's released later this month.

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World Cafe
9:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass

Charlie Louvin (right) and his brother Ira, a.k.a. The Louvin Brothers.

Courtesy of the artist's estate

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
4:49 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Craig Finn On World Cafe

Craig Finn's solo debut is titled Clear Heart Full Eyes.
Courtesy of the artist

Ever since Craig Finn's band The Hold Steady first broke through in 2004, he's gotten famous for a mix of hyper-literate story songs and classic-rock arrangements. After releasing a string of highly praised albums and EPs, Finn took a five-month break from The Hold Steady to record his solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes.

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World Cafe
4:08 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Nils Lofgren On World Cafe

Nils Lofgren specializes in high-energy blues-rock.
Rainer Drechsler

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 10:50 am

Nils Lofgren has built a stellar reputation as a masterful guitarist in both solo and collaborative endeavors, and his extensive discography showcases a unique brand of high-energy blues-rock.

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

The Front Bottoms On World Cafe

The Front Bottoms.
Lucia Holm Courtetsy of Reybee

Brian Sella and Mathew Uychich of the New Jersey band The Front Bottoms have been playing together for years.

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World Cafe
3:41 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

Jonathan Wilson's first album is titled Gentle Spirit.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 3:43 pm

Jonathan Wilson is practically overflowing with music, if his debut album Gentle Spirit is any indication. The album runs 78 minutes, with several songs spanning more than six minutes. That's a lot of material for a debut, but Wilson is no newbie — he's worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne.

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World Cafe
11:09 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Polica On 'World Cafe: Next'

Channy Casselle of Polica combines jazz, blues and electronic elements with AutoTuned vocals for a chilling effect.
Colin Kerrigan

Polica's sound is crisp, minimalist and mesmerizing. Singer Channy Leaneagh plays her voice like an instrument, using AutoTune both in the studio and at live shows to manipulate her vocals. Against the sliding violins, saxophone solos, relaxed bass and dueling drums of Polica, it's hard to believe that before this, Leaneagh sang folk music for six years in her previous band, Roma di Luna.

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World Cafe
4:23 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Girls On World Cafe

Girls is known for its familiar, urgent, refreshingly simple music.
Sandy Kim

Girls' 2011 album Father, Son, Holy Ghost strikes a careful balance between creating music that sounds classic and writing something that's already been done. Ever since Girls' debut, Album, the band has been writing and recording music that's familiar, urgent and refreshingly simple.

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World Cafe
3:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound On World Cafe

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
Roper Courtesy of Bloodshot Records

JC Brooks and his band The Uptown Sound have made a name for themselves by bringing back the essentials of 1970s soul. Blending rock and R&B from the early '70s — with nods to the underground punk and hip-hop movements of the same period — the group is known for its classically retro sound. Guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein and bassist Ben Taylor provide the nitty-gritty groundwork for JC Brooks, a singer with funk flowing through his veins.

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World Cafe
4:44 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Centro-Matic On World Cafe

Centro-Matic.
Matt Pence

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 10:39 am

The celebrated alt-country group Centro-Matic hails from Denton, Texas. What began as a side project for singer-songwriter and guitarist Will Johnson in the 1990s soon grew into a full-fledged band. With 20 albums in just 14 years, Centro-Matic has built a solid reputation for playful yet masterful, country-infused rock. With Matt Pence, Scott Danborn and Mark Hedman supporting Johnson's quick wit and pop influences, Centro-Matic's catalog exudes both boundless energy and emotional restraint.

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World Cafe
5:17 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

CANT On World Cafe

Chris Taylor, who has worked with Grizzly Bear and others, now performs under the name CANT.
Bek Andersen

Chris Taylor may not be a household name, but you've probably encountered some of his work. Taylor was the bassist, producer and backing vocalist of Grizzly Bear on Yellow House and Veckatimest, in addition to running his own record label, Terrible Records.

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World Cafe
11:52 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Sons Of Fathers On 'World Cafe: Next'

David Whitbeck and Paul Cauthen form the Texas duo Sons of Fathers.
Christopher Durst

Sons of Fathers' self-titled debut is unmistakably Texan: Bold, powerful and twangy, there's nothing small about it. David Whitbeck and Paul Cauthen met through mutual friends, but started to play together when they realized that they wrote music at the same park on the Blanco River. That was the first of many coincidences. Within days, they'd written "an incredible number of songs," Cauthen says. "We just fall into sockets of harmony naturally."

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World Cafe
11:26 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Vintage Cafe: Betty Wright

Betty Wright released her 17th studio album, Betty Wright: The Movie, in 2012.
Diana Levine

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 5:14 pm

Betty Wright is best known for her songs "Clean Up Woman" and "Girls Can't Do What the Boys Can Do," which she recorded for TK Records when she was still a teenager in Miami. She later explored engineering and producing, and became a vocal coach for artists like Joss Stone.

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World Cafe: Latin Roots
4:05 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Latin Roots: The Late Resurgence Of Cumbia

Bomba Estereo.
Luis Alvarez

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 3:29 pm

Grammy-winning producer and record-label owner Aaron Levinson is in the studio to introduce us to a corner of Latin roots music called cumbia. Affiliated with a number of professional recording academies and societies, this internationally known musician also owns a recording studio in Ardmore, and has consistently received recognition for his work with Latin music. In the studio today, Levinson and host David Dye talk about the origin and evolution of cumbia, including its late resurgence in popularity in New York.

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World Cafe
3:44 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Alabama Shakes On World Cafe

Alabama Shakes' members infuse rock 'n' roll with soul, blues and country.
Autumn de Wilde

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 4:11 pm

Alabama Shakes, a soulful rock 'n' roll quartet, is riding a well-deserved wave to fame. Since the release of its self-titled debut in 2011, the band has entranced listeners with its diverse and energetic songs. Alabama Shakes' style is marked by lead singer Brittany Howard's powerful voice and the group's irresistible energy. Together, they enthusiastically blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots.

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World Cafe
4:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Grace Woodroofe On World Cafe

Australian singer Grace Woodroofe.
Ben Sullivan

Grace Woodroofe is only 21, but her warm and wise music marks her as an old soul. Born in Australia, the blues-folk singer was discovered by actor Heath Ledger when she was 16. The self-taught guitarist and singer subsequently relocated to California to record and develop her sound.

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World Cafe
2:21 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Markéta Irglová On World Cafe

Marketa Irglova.
Courtesy of the artist

Czech musician Markéta Irglová has spent much of her life becoming a darling of the folk and indie-rock scenes. At 13, she began collaborating with Glen Hansard and his band The Frames.

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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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist.

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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