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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 12, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
On Your Way Down
Artist : Little Feat
Album : Dixie Chicken
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
9:06 PM
Please Read The Letter
Artist : Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Album : Raising Sand
Composer :
Label : Rounder / UMGD
9:12 PM
Pink Houses
Artist : John Mellencamp
Album : UhHuh
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
9:17 PM
Christine
Artist : Madi Diaz
Album : Skin and Bone
Composer :
Label : Rounder / UMGD
9:18 PM
That’s Who I Am
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
9:30 PM
Away From this World
Artist : Sheryl Crow
Album : Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
9:37 PM
Truth
Artist : John Mellencamp with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz
Album : Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
9:41 PM
Perkins Wiggle
Artist : Carl Perkins
Album : The Best of Sun Rockabilly Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Charly
9:42 PM
Stoned and Starving
Artist : Parquet Courts
Album : Light Up Gold
Composer :
Label : What's Your Rupture
9:47 PM
I’m Shakin’
Artist : Jack White
Album : Blunderbuss
Composer :
Label : Third Man Records
9:50 PM
Never There
Artist : Cake
Album : Prolonging The Magic
Composer :
Label : Volcano 3
9:53 PM
Keep You
Artist : Wild Belle
Album : Isles
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:57 PM
Up From The South
Artist : The Budos Band
Album : The Budos Band
Composer :
Label : Merge Records
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
Wolf Like Me
Artist : TV On the Radio
Album : Return to Cookie Mountain
Composer :
Label : Geffen Records
10:05 PM
Domino
Artist : Van Morrison
Album : The Best of Van Morrison
Composer :
Label : Mercury
10:09 PM
Out Of My League
Artist : Fitz & The Tantrums
Album : More Than Just a Dream
Composer :
Label : Elektra
10:12 PM
Stockholm
Artist : Jason Isbell
Album : Southeastern
Composer :
Label : Southeastern Records
10:15 PM
Used to be a Cop
Artist : DriveBy Truckers
Album : Go Go Boots
Composer :
Label : Pias
10:22 PM
Hair Don’t Grow
Artist : Annuals
Album : Such Fun
Composer :
Label : Red Int. / Red Ink
10:23 PM
Lady Luck (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Artist : Pickwick
Album : Can't Talk Medicine
Composer :
Label : Dine Alone Music
10:27 PM
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
Artist : The Walker Brothers
Album : Greatest Hits
Composer :
Label : Philips
10:30 PM
Never Wanted Your Love
Artist : She & Him
Album : Volume 3
Composer :
Label : Merge Records
10:33 PM
Do it Again
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys, Disc 3
Composer :
Label : Nettwerk Records
10:36 PM
Myth
Artist : Beach House
Album : Bloom
Composer :
Label : Sub Pop
10:37 PM
Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away
Artist : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Album : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Composer :
Label : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
10:40 PM
Ghosts and Creatures
Artist : Telekenesis!
Album : Dormarion
Composer :
Label : Merge Records
10:44 PM
Diane Young
Artist : Vampire Weekend
Album : Modern Vampires Of the City
Composer :
Label : XL
10:47 PM
That’s Not My Name
Artist : The Ting Tings
Album : We Started Nothing
Composer :
Label : Red Int. / Red Ink
10:52 PM
A New Life
Artist : Jim James
Album : Regions of Light & Sound of God
Composer :
Label : ATO
10:55 PM
Hip Hugher
Artist : Booker T. & The MG’s
Album : Stax Vol. 7
Composer :
Label : Warner Platinum

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe

He's My Brother, She's My Sister.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:47 am

Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's World Cafe is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe

Elvis Costello and ?uestlove of The Roots.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:47 am

In hour one of Tuesday's installment of World Cafe, we talk with Elvis Costello and The Roots' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album Wise Up Ghost last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

World Cafe Next: Ásgeir

Ásgeir.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:16 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Ásgeir

Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of World Cafe: Next. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album (In the Silence) in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland.

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:46 am

In this installment of Vintage Cafe, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' performance from Oct. 8, 2010.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Jack Johnson On World Cafe

Jack Johnson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:46 am

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: From Here to Now to You finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's To the Sea, which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars.

In this World Cafe session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar culture on his style.

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World Cafe
1:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada

José José.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:53 pm

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of bossa nova. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina.

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World Cafe
11:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Jason Isbell On World Cafe

Jason Isbell.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:40 pm

Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

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World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Neko Case On World Cafe

Neko Case.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 4:14 pm

This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

She & Him On World Cafe

She & Him.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:47 am

When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer M. Ward as She & Him in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. With the duo releasing the third album-length installment of its ongoing collaboration this year — in addition to a holiday record titled A Very She & Him Christmas — it's now pretty clearly a long-haul project.

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World Cafe
10:32 am
Mon September 16, 2013

World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wildcat! Wildcat!
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:16 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Wildcat! Wildcat!

The punchy L.A. indie-pop band Wildcat! Wildcat! is made up of three members who've been friends since middle school. They've released a couple of singles — including the latest, "Mr. Quiche" — and recently compiled them on a new EP. Hear a couple of the band's songs on this installment of World Cafe: Next.

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