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
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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World Cafe
11:57 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The Little Willies On World Cafe

The Little Willies.
Courtesy of the artist

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
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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