World Cafe

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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
3:07 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Latin Roots: Bomba Y Plena

Nuyorican trombonist Willie Colon.
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In the Latin music scene, there's always an innate pairing of the musical styles bomba and plena as one genre, but the two Afro-Puerto Rican genres are quite distinct. In this, the 27th segment of Latin Roots, Aaron Levinson discusses the birth of bomba and plena, as well as the different musical and rhythmic paths the genres have taken.

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World Cafe
2:45 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Graham Parker And The Rumour On World Cafe

Graham Parker and the Rumour.
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Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 3:07 pm

More than 30 years have passed since the British band Graham Parker and the Rumour called it quits. While Parker never left music, he's always dismissed talk of a reunion with The Rumour — until now. The group is back with a new album, tour and high-profile film appearance.

Parker and The Rumour recorded and released their latest record, Three Chords Good, last year, and just wrapped up a handful of shows across Europe and the U.S. In addition to the album, the band also appeared as itself in Judd Apatow's latest movie, This Is 40.

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World Cafe
2:08 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Scott Walker On World Cafe

Scott Walker.
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Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 2:32 pm

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World Cafe
11:42 am
Tue January 8, 2013

The Last Bison On World Cafe

The Last Bison.
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Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 4:50 pm

Few bands would categorize their sound as "mountaintop chamber music," yet The Last Bison's classical-influenced Southern folk-rock actually fits the bill. The septet emerged from the marshes of Chesapeake, Va., a couple years ago, and has since made a name for itself with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Singer-guitarist Ben Hardesty is the group's primary songwriter, and his style recalls the work of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes.

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World Cafe
3:33 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Next: Kail Baxley

Singer-songwriter Kail Baxley.
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Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:54 am

Kail Baxley is a young blues singer who grew up in the same South Carolina town as James Brown. Over the course of his childhood, he met the Godfather of Soul several times, and it had a profound effect on Baxley's development as a musician.

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World Cafe
1:29 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Cody ChesnuTT On World Cafe

Cody ChesnuTT.
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Cody ChesnuTT's debut album, 2002's The Headphone Masterpiece, was the result of two years spent recording alone in his bedroom. The double-length record is at once both sprawling and intimate; it encompasses a wide array of genres, but ChesnuTT sings and plays nearly every part.

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World Cafe
2:37 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

People Get Ready On World Cafe

People Get Ready.
Ian Douglas Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
11:43 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Ben Sollee On World Cafe

Ben Sollee.
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Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:36 am

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There's not much about Ben Sollee's career that could be described as conventional. The singer-songwriter's primary instrument is the cello, and his work ranges from traditional classical music to Asian folk tunes. Even his preferred method of transportation on tour deviates from the norm; he's been known to travel from one show to the next on a bicycle with his cello strapped to the back.

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World Cafe
7:50 am
Wed January 2, 2013

World Cafe Host David Dye Picks His 10 Favorite Songs Of 2012

Polica.
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Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 10:40 am

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World Cafe
10:03 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Latin Roots: The Christmas Music Of Latin America

Ranchera star Lila Downs.
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Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 4:46 pm

In this edition of World Cafe, Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson sits down with host David Dye to discuss the Christmas music traditions of Latin America. One thing that sets Central America's music apart from that of North America, she says, is the fact that a lot of it is made for dancing.

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World Cafe
10:03 am
Tue December 25, 2012

The Polyphonic Spree On World Cafe

The Polyphonic Spree.
Steve Wrubel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 2:20 pm

This segment originally aired on Dec. 25, 2012.

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World Cafe
10:59 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Pink Martini On World Cafe

Pink Martini.
Autumn De Wilde

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 4:23 pm

From Portland, Ore., stems a global sound that is powerful in its orchestral beauty. Thomas Lauderdale started Pink Martini more than 15 years ago, a fitting name for the colorful and classy orchestra. Lauderdale's mission was to create a sound that would support political fundraisers for civil, environmental and educational causes, among others. Since then, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide.

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World Cafe
10:59 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

Tracey Thorn.
Edward Bishop Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 4:19 pm

When veteran U.K. singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn decided to put together her own Christmas album — a project she'd been pursuing for several years — she opted for a slightly less traditional approach.

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World Cafe
5:32 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Minus The Bear On World Cafe

Minus The Bear.
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Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 7:59 am

The majority of Minus The Bear's records have been iterations of the intricate, melodic rock the Seattle band has been playing since it formed in 2001. In 2010 the band made a slight departure with Omni, an album that relied much more heavily on synthesizers and keyboards.

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World Cafe
1:23 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Sea Wolf On World Cafe

Sea Wolf.
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Alex Brown Church began performing under the name Sea Wolf in 2003, after writing a handful of songs that didn't fit the rock band he played with at the time. Although Church has roped in a supporting cast of musicians to perform his songs, Sea Wolf is still very much his baby.

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World Cafe
1:48 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

John Fullbright On World Cafe

John Fullbright.
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Folk singer John Fullbright got his start at the age of 16, playing at small venues in his native Oklahoma for tips and the occasional free meal. "I'd stand up there and play until my voice was gone, which sometimes would take three hours. Sometimes it'd take longer," Fullbright says. "But that's where I really learned to scream."

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World Cafe
12:54 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Next: The Henry Millers

The Henry Millers.
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Naturally, the New York band The Henry Millers takes its name from the author, who was famous for creating his own genre of literature out of an assortment of preexisting ones. Miller was also notorious for his books' often-explicit sexual content, which was deemed illicit enough for his work to be banned in the U.S. While The Henry Millers' bright, buoyant songs aren't likely to cause a scandal, the band does share Miller's penchant for drawing from different styles — its debut album, Daisies, is equal parts indie-rock, folk and synth-pop.

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World Cafe
3:01 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

Gary Clark Jr.
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Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 2:58 pm

Gary Clark Jr.'s new album Blak and Blue is his major-label debut, but the blues guitarist is hardly a newcomer. Clark made his first album at 17, and by then he'd already spent several years hanging out in the blues clubs of Austin, Texas.

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World Cafe
4:29 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Latin Roots: Christmas Preview

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles is an all-female mariachi band.
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Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 3:09 pm

As the peak of the holiday season draws near, Latin Roots explores some sizzling renditions of well-known Christmas classics. Most people are familiar with the traditional "Little Drummer Boy," but many have yet to enjoy a very popular Cuban version of the song, interpreted by the band Los Papines. The band, commonly known as the "Kings of Rumba," uses deep, percussive sounds to tell the story of a child's perspective of the holiday season.

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Josh Ritter.
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Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 4:22 pm

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Ritter has blurred the line between narrator and musician. Beyond music, Ritter is also an author; he published his first novel, Bright's Passage, in 2011. He bridges the divide between his two occupations in his lyrics and performances, which always have an air of storytelling about them.

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World Cafe
2:58 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Yukon Blonde on World Cafe

Yukon Blonde.
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Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 3:24 pm

The physical environment surrounding a band can have a pronounced influence on the songs said band produces, whether it's a sunny beach in Malibu or a craggy, wind-swept hillside in Scotland.

Given that Yukon Blonde calls Vancouver home, it wouldn't be surprising if the group's music took some cues from the perpetually rainy skies that settle over the city every winter. Perhaps as escapism, though, the songs written by Jeff Innes, Brandon Scott, Graham Jones and John Jeffrey have an inherently sunny quality to them, drawing heavily from 1970s American radio-rock.

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World Cafe
9:12 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Forro In The Dark: Building On The Sound Of Brazil's Northeast

Forro in the Dark.
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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 8:28 am

Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a triangle, an accordion and a bass-like drum called a zabumba.

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World Cafe
2:55 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Susanna Hoffs On World Cafe

Susanna Hoffs.
Jonathon Kingsbury Courtesy of the artist

Susanna Hoffs, best known as the lead singer of the all-female 1980s pop group The Bangles, has a history of playing well with others. After she and the band's other members parted ways — only to reunite a few years later — Hoffs wrote two solo albums. Soon enough, though, she found a new collaborator in Matthew Sweet, with whom she released two collections of covers.

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Next: Leagues

Leagues.
Heidi Ross Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 8:43 am

The three members of Leagues — singer Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum and drummer Jeremy Lutito — have been known to say that they're inspired not by artists, but by specific songs. That intense focus on individual tracks is clearly put to work on Leagues' debut album, You Belong Here. There's a cohesive sound to the record as a whole, but it sounds like the band deliberately pushed for each song to stand on its own. As a result, the album plays like a collection of singles, each track as catchy as the next.

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World Cafe
2:24 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lianne La Havas On World Cafe

Lianne La Havas.
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Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 3:33 pm

Lianne La Havas has toured with Bon Iver, sung with Willy Mason and recorded her debut album with producer Matt Hales, better known as Aqualung. More than most, she can attest to the benefits of knowing the right people, but La Havas also has heaps of talent on her side.

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World Cafe
3:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Django Django On World Cafe

Django Django.
Mikael Gregorsky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 8:41 pm

Most young bands hope to get some kind of break or media exposure as soon as they possibly can. But as Django Django, a four-piece originally from Edinburgh, discovered, it's possible to get noticed a bit too early. In 2009, the group released its first single, "Storm," as a seven-inch through a friend's Glasgow-based record label. The song quickly stirred up buzz, but the group didn't have anything to release as a follow-up — "Storm" was truly the first thing they had ever done together.

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World Cafe
11:21 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Jovanotti On World Cafe

Jovanotti.
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Lorenzo Cherubini, better known by his stage name Jovanotti, occupies a curious position on the pop landscape — that of the hugely successful international star who remains largely unknown to U.S. audiences. More than two decades have passed since he first broke out in his native Italy, though, and now he's making moves to do the same in the States.

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World Cafe
5:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Stars On World Cafe

Stars
Norman Wong Courtesy of the artist

Stars returns to the World Cafe studio to play songs from its latest album, The North. Here, the band sits down with host David Dye to discuss its decision-making process, and how its insistence on being as democratic as possible has helped it stay together over the years.

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World Cafe
1:25 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The Wallflowers On World Cafe

Jakob Dylan and his Wallflowers sat down with David Dye on World Cafe.
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Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 11:55 am

The Wallflowers recently reconnected, or "rebooted" so to speak, to release their first studio album since 2005's Rebel, Sweetheart, and with a slightly tweaked line-up they pick up right where they left off. It's safe to say that Dylan and the band — which includes founding member Rami Jaffee on keyboards, long-term bassist Greg Richling, Stuart Mathis on guitar and newly acquired drummer Jack Irons — have recharged their collective creative battery. Glad All Over is an energized collection of signature tunes from The Wallflowers that fans have been itching for.

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World Cafe
12:57 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Next: Guards

Guards.
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Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 8:42 am

It's hard to say anything about Guards without eventually bringing up Cults, another band from Brooklyn whose upbeat melodic pop draws heavy influence from the '60s. The two groups share more than just stylistic influences, though: Singer and bandleader Richie Follin is the brother of Madeline Follin, Cults' lead singer. In fact, a handful of the songs Richie Follin has released with Guards began their lives as Cults tunes.

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