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
9:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

The Zombies On World Cafe

The current lineup of the Zombies features founding members Rod Argent (left) and Colin Blunstone.
Courtesy of the artist

In the 1960s, the Zombies enjoyed success as one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion, releasing the enduring and beloved hits "Time of the Season," "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There." Although the group initially split amicably in 1968, the Zombies returned to making music in various incarnations in the early '90s. This year, two of its founding members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, released Breathe Out, Breathe In, which the veteran musicians say is the first album that makes them feel truly together again as a band.

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World Cafe
4:22 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Sense Of Place: Come For The Beer, Stay For The Music

Welcome to Guinness, where the hallowed beer flows freely.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:34 pm

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
4:15 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Feist On World Cafe

Feist's fifth album, Metals, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist released her fourth studio album, Metals, earlier this year. Metals is a bit more chaotic, and a bit more liberating, than her 2007 commercial breakthrough, The Reminder. Feist describes the new record as being "about un-simplifying things and leaning on these masterful minds I have so much respect for." The record is about people — and, she explains, was created by "the movement of a lot of humans."

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World Cafe
5:12 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Sense Of Place: Of Bards and Balladeers

Glen Hansard sits in with a group of traditional Irish musicians at the Dublin pub O'Donoghues.
WXPN John Bartol

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:35 pm

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
3:04 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. On World Cafe

Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Jeff Snow

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 4:41 pm

The Detroit dream-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. released its Horse Power EP in July 2010, and followed it with a set of remixes, including one of Junip's "In Every Direction." Easily capturing the sunny warmth of surf pop, the EP takes traditional pop structures and fills them with lush melodies that melt together with upbeat guitar maneuvers and dashes of electronic soundplay.

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World Cafe
4:43 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Sense Of Place: Busking For Fame, And A Few Bucks

A local street band busks in Galway.
WXPN John Bartol

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:35 pm

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
12:21 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Dum Dum Girls On World Cafe

Dum Dum Girls' second release, Only in Dreams, is out now.
Lauren Dukoff

In both packaging and sound, Dum Dum Girls is a patchwork of subtle pop-culture references and influences. The group takes its name from Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys," as well as from The Vaselines' album Dum Dum.

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World Cafe
2:21 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Meg Baird On World Cafe

Meg Baird.
Courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Meg Baird nestles her songs at the convergence of her entrancing vocals and the sparse yet weighty sound of her acoustic guitar. Folk music runs in her blood: Baird is descended from one of the first recorded Appalachian players, Isaac Garfield Greer. From childhood, Baird has been shaped by all things folk; she even listened to Smithsonian Folkways LPs while she taught herself guitar and piano.

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World Cafe
9:59 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Sense Of Place: Hunting For Live Music In Dublin

Whelan's, a music venue on Wexford Street in Dublin that's played host to many of the city's most-loved musicians.
Whelan's MySpace

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:55 pm

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
1:28 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

A Sense Of Place: Shaping Dublin's Music Scene

Glen Hansard performs as part of the Irish band, The Frames.
Zoran Orlic Zero Studio Photography

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:55 pm

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
2:51 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

Ben Folds On World Cafe

Ben Folds.
Jeff Bender

The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective compiles unreleased tracks, demos, live recordings and new material from World Cafe favorite Ben Folds.

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World Cafe
12:00 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Gillian Welch On World Cafe

Gillian Welch (right) and Dave Rawlings.
Mark Seliger

It's been eight years since her last studio album, but Gillian Welch has been busy. She and her longtime musical partner David Rawlings are deeply involved in each other's music, so when Welch had trouble writing new material for her own record, the two turned their focus to Rawlings' first solo album under the moniker Dave Rawlings Machine.

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World Cafe
12:00 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

The Jayhawks On World Cafe

The Jayhawks.
Marina Chavez

Since getting together in Minneapolis in 1985, The Jayhawks' members have ranked among the most lauded figures in alternative country, having perfected their bar-band style with years of touring and inspiration from Gram Parsons, The Louvin Brothers, Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan.

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World Cafe
12:47 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

tUnE-yArDs On World Cafe

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 2:33 pm

Merrill Garbus, the woman behind tUnE-yArDs, began as a solo act, and her talent practically explodes out of every performance. She commands any space, especially from behind a set-up of a tom and snare drum, a ukulele, and her bare feet atop the loop pedals from which she builds her compositions. Every sound that Garbus weaves into her songs is so deliberately placed that "experimental" seems too nonchalant a word.

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World Cafe
4:10 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

SuperHeavy On World Cafe

Superheavy: (left to right) Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, Mick Jagger and A.R. Rahman.
Courtesy of the artists

SuperHeavy's credentials don't read much like those of most new bands. Its members boast 11 Grammy Awards between them, legendary parents, record sales in the millions and multiple Academy Awards for film scoring. And, on top of that, the band's existence was kept a secret until May 2011.

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World Cafe
4:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

World Cafe: Keith Richards On 'Some Girls'

Mick Jagger (left) and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones in 1978, the year Some Girls was originally released.
Lynn Goldsmith

An atmosphere of tension surrounded The Rolling Stones when the band got into the studio to record Some Girls, its 16th U.S. release, in 1978. Not only did the group worry that the new waves of disco and punk threatened to pass it by, but Keith Richards was awaiting a serious heroin-trafficking court date that threatened to put him and the group out of commission. The Stones were in trouble.

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World Cafe
9:05 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Nick Lowe On World Cafe

Nick Lowe.
Dan Burn-Forti

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 9:05 am

English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe's reputation often precedes him.

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World Cafe
6:31 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Paul Simon On World Cafe

Paul Simon.
Mary Ellen Matthews

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 9:00 am

Paul Simon's music can feel timeless even when it's filled with new ideas. In his interview with World Cafe host David Dye, Simon reflects on his friend Bert Jansch, who recently died, and discusses their friendship, which lasted more than 30 years.

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World Cafe
5:14 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Lisa Hannigan On World Cafe

Lisa Hannigan.
James Minchin

Upon hearing Lisa Hannigan sing for the first time, her warm voice can sound at once familiar and inviting. The Mercury Prize-nominated artist is often acknowledged for her six-year collaboration with Damien Rice — especially on his album O — and for her solo debut, Sea Sew.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

World Cafe: 20th-Anniversary Concert Highlights

Feist performs at the World Cafe 20th-anniversary concert.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 10:29 am

Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

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