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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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September 26, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
El Paso
Artist : Old 97’s
Album : King of the Hill Soundtrack
Composer :
Label : Elektra / Wea
9:06 PM
Walk Us Uptown
Artist : Elvis Costello & The Roots
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:10 PM
How You Like Me Now?
Artist : The Heavy
Album : The House That Dirt Built
Composer :
Label : Counter
9:13 PM
Fire Bug
Artist : JD McPherson
Album : Signs & Signifiers
Composer :
Label : Rounder
9:16 PM
Killing Him
Artist : Amy Lavere
Album : Anchors And Anvils
Composer :
Label : Archer Records
9:19 PM
All Night Long
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:20 PM
Central Time
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:28 PM
Kentucky Mae
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:37 PM
Close The Door
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:42 PM
All Night Long
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:45 PM
Close The Door
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:47 PM
I Used To Could
Artist : Mark Knopfler
Album : Privateering
Composer :
Label : Verve
9:50 PM
Memphis in the Meantime
Artist : John Hiatt
Album : Bring The Family
Composer :
Label : A&M
9:54 PM
Don¿t Reach too Far
Artist : Ethan Johns
Album : If Not Now, Then When?
Composer :
Label : Three Crows Records
9:57 PM
Hip Hugher
Artist : Booker T. & The MG’s
Album : Stax Vol. 7
Composer :
Label : Warner Platinum
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
What’s the Matter Here
Artist : 10,000 Maniacs
Album : In My Tribe
Composer :
Label : Elektra/Wea
10:05 PM
Wild Child
Artist : Brett Dennen
Album : Smoke and Mirrors
Composer :
Label : Atlantic / ADA
10:09 PM
Heavy Metal Drummer
Artist : Wilco
Album : Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
10:13 PM
Baby Missiles
Artist : The War on Drugs
Album : Slave Ambient
Composer :
Label : Secretly Canadian
10:16 PM
Shame Chamber
Artist : Kurt Vile
Album : Wakin¿ on a Pretty Daze
Composer :
Label : Matador Records
10:21 PM
Pregnant Pause
Artist : Cass McCombs
Album : Dropping the Writ
Composer :
Label : Domino
10:22 PM
The Man Who Wants You
Artist : Amos Lee
Album : Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Composer :
Label : Blue Note
10:25 PM
I Want You
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : Blonde on Blonde
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:28 PM
Everybody Here Wants You
Artist : Jeff Buckley
Album : Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:33 PM
Desire
Artist : U2
Album : Rattle and Hum
Composer :
Label : Island Records
10:36 PM
Two Fingers
Artist : Jake Bugg
Album : Jake Bugg
Composer :
Label : Island/Mercury
10:39 PM
Om Nashi Me
Artist : Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Album : Up From Below
Composer :
Label : Vagrant Records
10:41 PM
King & Cross
Artist : Asgeir
Album : In the Silence
Composer :
Label : One Little Indian US
10:44 PM
Breezeblocks
Artist : AltJ
Album : An Awesome Wave
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
10:48 PM
The Chain
Artist : Fleetwood Mac
Album : The Chain: Selections from 25 Years
Composer :
Label : WEA International
10:53 PM
Magnet and Steel
Artist : Walter Egan
Album : Not Shy
Composer :
Label : Culture Factory
10:56 PM
Bright Pink Bookmark
Artist : Frightened Rabbit
Album : The Midnight Organ Fight
Composer :
Label : Fat Cat

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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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