The World Cafe

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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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10:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

First Listen: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

Elvis Costello and The Roots' new album, Wise Up Ghost, comes out Sept. 17.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 11:00 am

The new documentary Muscle Shoals recalls how interracial harmony in tumultuous times made possible a new kind of music. Leading African-American artists traveled to North Alabama — not exactly a place they thought they'd be welcome in the civil rights era — to jam with an all-white crew of session players. In little rooms near the wide Tennessee River, they perfected soul and anticipated Southern rock.

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5:41 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe

Mark Mulcahy.
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Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:29 pm

If you were an indie-rock fan in the mid-1980s, then you undoubtedly stumbled upon Miracle Legion. In the post R.E.M. jangle-rock landscape, they called it "college rock" and the Connecticut-based Miracle Legion ruled. It happened again with his work on Nickelodeon's Adventures of Pete & Pete with the fake-band Polaris made up of Miracle Legion musicians.

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3:20 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

World Cafe Next: Royal Bangs

Royal Bangs.
Ramon Hess Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:29 pm

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Royal Bangs, a band originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band formed in 2001 and had their first album released by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney on his own Audio Eagle Records in 2008. He actually discovered the band on MySpace.

The band is fronted by Ryan Schaefer and their new album, Brass, was produced by Carney. It's scheduled to be released on September 17, but you can hear two tracks from it on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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10:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Mark Mulcahy on World Cafe, tonight at 8 on WCBE

www.mezzotint.com

Singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy returns with his fifth studio album, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:21 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

WCBE Presents Shovels And Rope @ The A&R Music Bar Sept. 20, 2013! SOLD OUT!

WCBE Presents Shovels And Rope

Husband and wife, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst make up the duo Shovels And Rope out of Charleston, S.C. 

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World Cafe
5:08 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Franz Ferdinand On World Cafe

Scottish band Franz Ferdinand.
Andy Knowles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:29 pm

Scottish dance-rock band Franz Ferdinand are back with its fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. A year-and-a-half in the making, the record includes collaborations with members of Hot Chip and Peter Bjorn and John. In this episode of World Cafe, we speak with lead singer Alex Kapranos and drummer Paul Thomson, and the band treats us to a live set.

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4:27 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Latin Roots: Joe Arroyo

Colombian singer Joe Arroyo (left) arrives at the Latin Grammy awards in 2008.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:35 pm

  • Latin Roots On World Cafe

In this installment of our Latin Roots series, The Latin Alternative co-host Ernesto Lechner discusses his favorite singer, an influential Colombian musician named Joe Arroyo.

Arroyo began singing at age 10 in the whorehouses of Cartagena. He was discovered by Fruko (a.k.a. Julio Ernesto Estrada) when he was a teenager and soon joined the salsa player's band, Fruko Y Sus Tesos.

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3:08 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

James Cotton On World Cafe

James Cotton
Christopher Durst Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:30 pm

Harmonica master James Cotton is a giant of the blues. Born in 1935 on a cotton plantation in Tunica, Miss., he learned the instrument from Sonny Boy Williamson, who had a radio program right across the river in West Helena, Ark. After listening to the show and imitating him on a harmonica, Cotton met Williamson, who took him under his wing.

At 15, Cotton met and played with Howlin' Wolf, who took him to record at Sun Studios in Memphis. Later, while on tour, Muddy Waters asked Cotton to replace Junior Wells in his band; Cotton stayed on the road with Waters for a dozen years.

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World Cafe
10:18 am
Thu September 5, 2013

James Cotton on World Cafe, tonight at 8 on WCBE

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Blues harp icon James Cotton chats with David Dye about his new record Cotton Mouth Man.

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3:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Natalia Clavier On World Cafe

Natalia Clavier.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:30 pm

There was never any doubt that Argentine vocalist Natalia Clavier could sing. She's been proving that for years, performing jazz and serving as the anonymous voice on hundreds of techno and dance songs, most recorded when she lived in Barcelona after moving there from Buenos Aires. For years, she's also been the go-to live voice for Thievery Corporation, and she remains part of its live act.

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3:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Youth Lagoon On World Cafe

Youth Lagoon performs live at NPR Music's SXSW showcase in March 2013.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:30 pm

Youth Lagoon is the work of Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers. The title of his first album, 2011's The Year of Hibernation, captures what was going on: a solo bedroom project that explored the theme of emerging from isolation. It sounded great, and the positive response got Powers out of the bedroom and on the road for a year.

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World Cafe
11:18 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Natalia Clavier on World Cafe, tonight at 8 on WCBE

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Lumen is the sophomore solo release from long-time Thievery Corporation vocalist Natalia Clavier.  

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Houndmouth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:31 pm

Houndmouth is a rootsy rock band from New Albany, Ind., right across the river from Louisville. In an age of loops, samples and all things digital, Houndmouth is a refreshingly straightforward rock band with guitars, B-3 and all members singing in harmony.

The group recently released its debut album, From the Hills Below the City. Hear Houndmouth perform four of its songs on this installment of World Cafe.

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10:31 am
Tue September 3, 2013

World Cafe Next: Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:31 pm

Singer-songwriter Caroline Rose grew up in Vermont the daughter of two artists, so it was never a far stretch to imagine she would become a performer herself. What is a little surprising is the grit in this young woman's performance. Turns out her mother is from the South, and there were many trips and exposures to Southern culture along the way. She started writing songs in her early teens hasn't stopped since, and most of her debut full-length, America Religious, was conceived on the road. It's a tough-sounding record from an artist to watch.

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6:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Houndmouth on World Cafe, tonight at 8 on WCBE

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Not long after the New Albany, Indiana band formed in November, 2011, they found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Drive-By Truckers and The Lumineers.

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Music
1:27 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

WCBE Presents Citizen Cope @ The Newport Sun. Sept. 15, 2013!

WCBE Presents Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood will perform an intimate solo acoustic performance at The Newport Music Hall on Sunday, September 15th!  Doors open at 7PM.

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Music
11:35 am
Sun September 1, 2013

'The Worse Things Get': Life Lessons From Neko Case

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Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 5:51 pm

  • Listen To Neko Case Discuss Her New Album

On her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations on the recent loss of both of her parents and a grandmother. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I spoke with Neko Case about the music, and shared questions from listeners, in this interview that we originally webcast live on Aug. 29.

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First Listen
11:31 am
Sun September 1, 2013

First Listen: Sly And The Family Stone, Highlights From 'Higher!'

Sly & The Family Stone's new career-spanning anthology, out August 27, is titled Higher!
Herb Greene Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:13 pm

The story of Sylvester Stewart — we call him Sly Stone — is that of a great urban engineer who launched out of the Bay Area in 1967 with a series of bridge-making hits: fusing rock to rhythm and blues, bringing jazz and funk into the mainstream with a band that was black and white, male and female. The story takes a weird corner and ends (or at least peaks) with some chattery scary masterpieces, isolated midnight moanings, fear and dread as universal in the '70s as love had been a few years before.

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First Listen
11:27 am
Sun September 1, 2013

First Listen: Bob Dylan, Highlights From 'Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)'

Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait. A new collection, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), comes out August 27.
John Cohen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:09 am

If Bob Dylan's long career as a genius of the American spirit has taught us anything, it's that one fan's trash is another one's treasure. "I never looked at songs as 'good' or 'bad,' only different kinds of good ones," he once said. Dylan's music, from the magpie folk of his early years to the historically conscious balladry of his current albums, has always reminded us that our legacy includes not just ennobling beauty, but also minstrelsy, dirty blues, sentimental sappiness and rama-lama-ding-dong.

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First Listen
11:23 am
Sun September 1, 2013

First Listen: Okkervil River, 'The Silver Gymnasium'

Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium, comes out Sept. 3.
Ben Sklar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:10 am

It's human nature to romanticize a specific time and place in the past — a moment when everything felt just right, or opportunities were laid out like a banquet. For Okkervil River's Will Sheff, it's been impossible to let go of Meriden, N.H., circa 1986: That tiny town is where he spent his childhood (he turned 10 that summer) and where his parents taught at an area boarding school.

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