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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 24, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Everybody Here Wants You
Artist : Jeff Buckley
Album : Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:06 PM
Open
Artist : Rhye
Album : Woman
Composer :
Label : Universal Republic
9:09 PM
Inner City Blues
Artist : Marvin Gaye
Album : What's Going On
Composer :
Label : Kitchen Table
9:15 PM
Song for Zula
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Muchacho
Composer :
Label : Dead Oceans
9:16 PM
Terror In the Canyons
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:24 PM
Song For Zula
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:33 PM
Quotidian Beasts
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:41 PM
Los Angeles
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Here's to Taking it Easy
Composer :
Label : Dead Oceans
9:42 PM
Grace For Saints and Ramblers
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Ghost on Ghost
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
9:46 PM
Man With a Gun
Artist : Jerry Harrison
Album : Casual Gods
Composer :
Label : Warner Bros. / Wea
9:50 PM
Lady Luck (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Artist : Pickwick
Album : Can't Talk Medicine
Composer :
Label : Dine Alone Music
9:55 PM
Think About Me
Artist : Fleetwood Mac
Album : Tusk
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
9:58 PM
Andy Warhol
Artist : David Bowie
Album : Hunky Dory
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
9:58 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
Drop Down Mama
Artist : North Mississippi Allstars
Album : Shake Hands With Shorty
Composer :
Label : Tone Cool
10:05 PM
Canary Island
Artist : Houndstooth
Album : Ride Out The Dark
Composer :
Label : No Quarter
10:08 PM
Wheel On Fire
Artist : Houndstooth
Album : Ride Out The Dark
Composer :
Label : No Quarter
10:13 PM
How You Like Me Now?
Artist : The Heavy
Album : The House That Dirt Built
Composer :
Label : Counter
10:16 PM
Heartbeat
Artist : Kopecky Family Band
Album : Kids Raising Kids
Composer :
Label : Ato Records
10:19 PM
Ya Hey
Artist : Vampire Weekend
Album : Modern Vampires Of the City
Composer :
Label : XL
10:24 PM
Bohemian Like You
Artist : The Dandy Warhols
Album : Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
Composer :
Label : Capitol
10:25 PM
Man
Artist : Neko Case
Album : The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Composer :
Label : Anti
10:29 PM
Accidents Will Happen
Artist : Elvis Costello
Album : Armed Forces
Composer :
Label : Rhino / WEA
10:32 PM
Heart Attack
Artist : Raphael Saadiq
Album : Stone Rollin'
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:35 PM
Entertainment
Artist : Phoenix
Album : Bankrupt
Composer :
Label : Glassnote
10:38 PM
San Francisco
Artist : Foxygen
Album : We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
Composer :
Label : Jagjaguwar
10:42 PM
God Rest My Soul
Artist : Dawes
Album : North Hills
Composer :
Label : ATO Records/Red
10:44 PM
Lake Marie
Artist : John Prine
Album : Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings
Composer :
Label : Oh Boy
10:50 PM
Crazy As A Loon
Artist : Bright Eyes
Album : AOL Sessions
Composer :
Label : AOL Sessions
10:56 PM
Sometimes
Artist : Langhorne Slim
Album : Langhorne Slim
Composer :
Label : Kemado

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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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