World Cafe

Saturdays at 2pm
David Dye

Since 1991, World Cafe has been a premier showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye.

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World Cafe
1:03 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Dr. Dog.
Chris Crisman

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 10:22 am

The Philadelphia pop-rock band Dr. Dog has continued to get better since forming in the early 2000s. The group's seven albums of layered psychedelia are deeply influenced by the best of '60s pop, adding up to a sound that's both timeless and classic.

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Kevn Kinney And Golden Palominos On World Cafe

Kevn Kinney (left) and Anton Fier have been friends and occasional collaborators since the 1980s.
Brittny Smith

Kevn Kinney of Drivin N Cryin and Anton Fier of The Golden Palominos combine the twangy side of their respective rock bands for an album aptly titled A Good Country Mile. Through the '80s rock scene, Kinney and Fier became friends and collaborators, and the trend continues more than 20 years later.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

The Soul Rebels On World Cafe

The Soul Rebels infuse elements of brass band sound, marching band dynamics, jazz and soul into their music.
Rick Olivier Courtesy of the artist

The Soul Rebels could not be more aptly named. Formed in the '90s, the band originated within the New Orleans brass-band scene. Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss gathered jazz musicians from around New Orleans to create a sound based in soul and specific performance styles, but with the capacity to evolve. The result rebels against the rules of soul while paying homage to the genre.

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World Cafe
2:17 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Laura Gibson On World Cafe

Laura Gibson's new album is titled La Grande.
Courtesy of the artist

Laura Gibson's new album, La Grande, is built around a surprising musical contrast: Her hushed voice remains as quiet as ever, but her songs are louder and more complex. Although simplicity and lack of volume characterize Gibson's earlier work, her music today feels bigger without sacrificing intimacy: It meditates on mortality, carrying a weight of seriousness without being heavy. It's dark, but dispensed with a light touch.

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World Cafe
12:48 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Harriet On 'World Cafe: Next'

Harriet.
Courtesy of the artist

Harriet blends Americana and electronic music to create a sound that embodies the L.A. rock scene: Its debut EP, Tell the Right Story, sounds like a chillwave re-imagination of Kings of Leon or The National. The group combines hoarse vocals, dramatic riffs and electronic flourishes on its debut — available for free on Harriet's website, though probably not for long.

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World Cafe
7:30 am
Mon February 27, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Alternative

Liz Phair.

Courtesy of the artist

This episode of World Cafe honors the alternative rock movement of the 1990s, with six artists who rose to mainstream success: Kristin Hersh, Belly, Liz Phair, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield, and Matt

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World Cafe
1:05 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Nada Surf On World Cafe

Nada Surf.
Courtesy of the artist

On Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, the long-running band alternates between infectious optimism and sweet sadness. In spite of countless label changes, the group has remained remarkably consistent in its 20 years together: Blending good-natured affirmations with catchy pop-rock hooks, Nada Surf sounds like a bunch of fresh-faced kids, albeit unusually wise ones.

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World Cafe
11:33 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Novalima On World Cafe

Novalima.
Courtesy of the artist

Formed by four Peruvian high-school friends in 2001, Novalima has been making traditional music sound sultry and modern ever since. In the past decade, the group has grown to a nine-piece band that's helping change the way the world thinks about world music.

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World Cafe
10:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Los Campesinos! On World Cafe

Los Campesinos! has earned a reputation for dark humor and danceable beats.
Courtesy of the artist

After first coming together as a trio at Cardiff University in 2006, Los Campesinos! has blossomed into a septet with a reputation for lively indie-rock, in the spirit of everyone from Modest Mouse to Broken Social Scene to Belle and Sebastian. The generous joy in the Los Campesinos!

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World Cafe
11:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Cass McCombs On World Cafe

Cass McCombs released two of his six albums in 2011. His latest is Humor Risk.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 11:30 am

Born in Northern California in the 1970s, Cass McCombs grew to adopt a wanderer's lifestyle.

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World Cafe
1:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Julia Nunes On 'World Cafe Next'

Julia Nunes is this week's World Cafe: Next featured artist.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist.

Before the eyes of her YouTube subscribers, Julia Nunes went from being a teen covering her favorite artists to a young woman playing live shows with them.

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World Cafe
7:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel

Mavis Staples performs with The Roots at the Climate Rally on the National Mall on April 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

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
9:40 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Chairlift On World Cafe

Chairlift.
Alejandro Cardenas

Originally published on Sat February 18, 2012 9:24 pm

Produced by Hot Chip's Dan Carey, Chairlift's new album Something blends upbeat, synth-heavy pop with eerie lyrics that depart from the purely effervescent sound of the 2008 hit "Bruises." On Something, singer Caroline Polachek takes risks — manipulating her vocals with AutoTune and even programming synth parts to mimic the sou

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World Cafe
2:28 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Real Estate On World Cafe

Real Estate.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally from Ridgewood, N.J., the Brooklyn transplants in Real Estate have built a reputation for cheerful yet sentimental beach-pop. The band's self-titled album broke through on the strength of the lead single "Beach Comber," and that record's 2011 follow-up (Days) achieved widespread critical acclaim and popularity in its own right.

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World Cafe
1:22 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Air On World Cafe

Le Voyage Dans La Lune is AIR's seventh release, written as a soundtrack for a re-release of the 1902 Georges Méliès film of the same name.
Wendy Bevan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 2:52 pm

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World Cafe
12:14 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

Kathleen Edwards' new album is titled Voyageur.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 6:49 pm

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is enjoying a huge career boost with her new fourth album, Voyageur. Produced in part by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Voyageur sounds deeply personal and genuine: Edwards sings of failed marriages, life in the spotlight and the delicate happiness that comes with new beginnings.

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World Cafe
1:04 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 9:36 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
7:00 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
2:49 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
2:08 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 8:50 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
2:05 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
1:41 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 1:43 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
9:09 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
2:23 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
1:20 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
2:44 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Centro-Matic On World Cafe

Centro-Matic.
Matt Pence

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 8:39 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
3:17 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
9:26 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Betty Wright On World Cafe

Betty Wright released her 17th studio album, Betty Wright: The Movie, this past November.
Diana Levine

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 11:06 am

R&B icon Betty Wright signed her first local label deal when she was only 11, and by the time she was 17, she'd released her first hit single, 1971's "Clean Up Woman," which also crossed over to the pop charts. With a four-octave vocal range, an impressive grasp of the connection between gospel and R&B, and a sensual style, Wright continues to weave an impressive legacy. Her songs have been sampled by many hip-hop, rock and R&B musicians, including Mary J.

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World Cafe: Latin Roots
2:05 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Latin Roots: The Late Resurgence Of Cumbia

Bomba Estereo.
Luis Alvarez

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:29 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
1:44 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 2:11 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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