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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. 

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June 26, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Sun Is Shining
Artist : Bob Marley
Album : Kaya
Composer :
Label : Island
9:06 PM
Show Some Emotion
Artist : Joan Armatrading
Album : Track Record
Composer :
Label : A&M
9:09 PM
Eli¿s Comin¿
Artist : Laura Nyro
Album : Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
Composer :
Label : Sbme Special Mkts.
9:13 PM
Anything You Want
Artist : Spoon
Album : Girls Can Tell
Composer :
Label : Merge
9:17 PM
Like Morning Dew
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:26 PM
She
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:32 PM
Sing to the Moon
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:39 PM
Green Garden
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:44 PM
I wish
Artist : Jem
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:45 PM
Better Days
Artist : Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Album : Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Composer :
Label : Vagrant Records
9:48 PM
Shadow People
Artist : Dr. Dog
Album : Shame, Shame
Composer :
Label : Anti
9:53 PM
Ophelia
Artist : The Band
Album : To Kingdom Come
Composer :
Label : Capitol
9:57 PM
Geography
Artist : Thao
Album : We Brave Bee Stings And All
Composer :
Label : Kill Rock Stars
9:58 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
The Road to Gila Bend
Artist : Los Lobos
Album : The Town and the City
Composer :
Label : Hollywood
10:04 PM
Looking At The Sun
Artist : Matthew Sweet
Album : Girlfriend
Composer :
Label : Volcano
10:08 PM
Weight
Artist : Mikal Cronin
Album : MCII
Composer :
Label : Merge Records
10:13 PM
Canary Island
Artist : Houndstooth
Album : Ride Out The Dark
Composer :
Label : No Quarter
10:16 PM
Say What
Artist : Stevie Ray Vaughan
Album : Soul to Soul
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:22 PM
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Artist : The Slide Brothers
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:23 PM
Jennifer
Artist : Little Comets
Album : Life Is Elsewhere
Composer :
Label : Universal UK
10:25 PM
A Town Called Malice
Artist : The Jam
Album : Compact Snap
Composer :
Label : Polygram UK
10:28 PM
Hometown Blues
Artist : Tom Petty
Album : Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Composer :
Label : Rhino / WEA
10:31 PM
Hit Or Miss
Artist : Tom Jones
Album : Spirit In The Room
Composer :
Label : Rounder / Umgd
10:34 PM
I Got a Woman
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : The Birth of Soul Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Kent Records UK
10:37 PM
Last Night
Artist : The MarKeys
Album : Last Night!/Do the PopEye
Composer :
Label : Stax
10:38 PM
Retrograde
Artist : James Blake
Album : Overgrown
Composer :
Label : Republic
10:41 PM
You Were Never There
Artist : Diego Garcia
Album : Laura
Composer :
Label : Nacional Records
10:45 PM
Love Interruption
Artist : Jack White
Album : Blunderbuss
Composer :
Label : Third Man Records
10:47 PM
Raspberry Beret
Artist : Prince & the Revolution
Album : Around the World in a Day
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
10:51 PM
Do Yourself a Faver
Artist : Jamie Lidell
Album : Jamie Lidell
Composer :
Label : Warp Records

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World Cafe
1:29 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Next: Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:14 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By Treetop Flyers

The members of London's Treetop Flyers capture the sound of California folk-rock in the '60s on their debut album, The Mountain Moves. They met on the periphery of the London folk scene that gave the world Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.

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World Cafe
1:32 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds On World Cafe

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Cat Stevens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 2:46 pm

Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave recently re-formed his band The Bad Seeds, minus founding member Mick Harvey on guitar, to record a new album called Push the Sky Away. On this installment of World Café, you'll hear a tremendous performance from the elegant, intensely emotive band.

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Low On World Cafe

Low.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:45 am

It's hard to find another band that's stayed as true to its vision as Low. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have been making Low records for 20 years now, and just released their 10th full-length album, The Invisible Way.

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World Cafe
12:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pickwick On World Cafe

Pickwick.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:49 pm

The first incarnation of the Seattle band Pickwick revolved around Galen Disston's strummy acoustic songs. Disston eventually found himself bored with his own music until a not-so-subtle shift took place; as the band began experimenting with new sounds and ideas, Disston shifted into the role of lead singer and crowds immediately noticed.

In this installment of World Cafe, you'll hear three songs from Pickwick's debut album, Can't Talk Medicine, as well as the full story behind the band's reinvention.

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World Cafe
11:49 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Matt Pond On World Cafe

Matt Pond.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:44 pm

The fact that Matt Pond has dropped the vestigial "PA" from the end of his moniker has more to do with geography than sound. On this episode of World Cafe, we learn why the singer-songwriter (and former Philadelphian) has moved around so much — it's all for love.

Pond does tell host David Dye what hasn't changed: his always likable voice and an ability to write heartfelt songs with melodies that stick.

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World Cafe
1:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Next: The Saint Johns

The Saint Johns.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 2:48 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By The Saint Johns

A little reinvention never hurt anyone. Nashville singers Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson met in St. Augustine, Fla., and quickly discovered how well their voices blended together, so they moved to New York City and formed Augustine.

The duo, which now resides in Nashville, has since become The Saint Johns, and recently released its gorgeous new songs on a free downloadable EP. Listen to two songs from The Live Sessions here.

World Cafe
1:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

The Lone Bellow.
Courtesy of the artist

Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are The Lone Bellow. Although Williams, the principal songwriter and lead singer, is a native Georgian, the group found its soulful folk-rock sound in Brooklyn. The group recorded its self-titled debut album on the Lower East Side, yet the lyrical, foot-stomping songs could have easily come from the heart of Nashville.

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World Cafe
12:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Dawes On World Cafe

Dawes.
Noah Abrams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 2:47 pm

Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith writes heartfelt first-person songs, somewhat in the style of Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun, Goldsmith describes the inspiration for the songs on the band's new album, Stories Don't End.

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World Cafe
1:19 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Sons Of Fathers: Texas Rockers, Inspired By Their Dads

Sons of Fathers.
Courtesy of the artist

David Beck and Paul Cauthen were both playing music around San Marcos, Texas, when they recognized that it might be a good move to combine their talents and became Sons of Fathers. Actually, they originally went by the name Beck and Cauthen until another, more famous Beck took notice.

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down: New Home, New Album

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Courtesy of the artist

Thao Nguyen has been busy since her last album, Know Better Learn Faster, came out in 2009. The band moved to San Francisco while Nguyen explored recording with other artists, even making an album with Mirah.

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