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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, 2014

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:00 PM
For You
Artist : Bruce Springsteen
Album : Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:01 PM
Atlantic City
Artist : The Band
Album : Jericho
Composer :
Label : Capitol
9:06 PM
Destination
Artist : Nickel Creek
Album : A Dotted Line
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
9:10 PM
Brill Bruisers
Artist : The New Pornographers
Album : Brill Bruisers
Composer :
Label : Matador
9:13 PM
When’ I Write My Master’s Thesis
Artist : John K Samson
Album : Provincial
Composer :
Label : Epitaph / ADA
9:16 PM
Mind’s Eye
Artist : Josh Ritter
Album : The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Composer :
Label : RCA
9:17 PM
Saturday Night
Artist : The Felice Brothers
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:25 PM
Cherry Licorice
Artist : The Felice Brothers
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:33 PM
Lion
Artist : The Felice Brothers
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:38 PM
Wonderful Life
Artist : The Felice Brothers
Album : The Felice Brothers
Composer :
Label : Team Love Records
9:50 PM
Weight Of Love
Artist : The Black Keys
Album : Turn Blue
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
9:52 PM
Helen Fry
Artist : The Felice Brothers
Album : The Felice Brothers
Composer :
Label : Team Love Records
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
1998
Artist : Chet Faker
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:05 PM
Hush
Artist : Deep Purple
Album : Shades of Deep Purple
Composer :
Label : EMI Distribution
10:10 PM
Mesmerize
Artist : Temples
Album : Sun Structures
Composer :
Label : Fat Possum / Red
10:13 PM
Black and White
Artist : Parquet Courts
Album : Sunbathing Animal
Composer :
Label : What's Your Rupture?
10:17 PM
Take Me to Church
Artist : Hozier
Album : Take Me to Church EP
Composer :
Label : Ruby Works
10:20 PM
Cannonball
Artist : Damien Rice
Album : O
Composer :
Label : Vector Records
10:24 PM
Drown Out
Artist : Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Album : The Swell Season
Composer :
Label : Overcoat Recordings
10:25 PM
David
Artist : Courtney Barnett
Album : The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Composer :
Label : House Anxiety
10:27 PM
Lady Writer
Artist : Dire Straits
Album : Communique
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
10:31 PM
Rebel Rebel
Artist : Seu Jorge
Album : The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Composer :
Label : Hollywood Records
10:34 PM
Mr. Tembo
Artist : Damon Albarn
Album : Everyday Robots
Composer :
Label : XL Recordings
10:37 PM
She Moves On
Artist : Paul Simon
Album : The Rhythm Of the Saints
Composer :
Label : SONY LEGACY
10:43 PM
The Count
Artist : San Fermin
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:43 PM
Lavendar
Artist : Ray Lamontagne
Album : Supernova
Composer :
Label : RCA
10:46 PM
Alone Again Or
Artist : Love
Album : Forever Changes
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
10:48 PM
Alone Again Or
Artist : Love
Album : Forever Changes
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
10:52 PM
Brandy
Artist : Looking Glass
Album : Looking Glass
Composer :
Label : Sony Music Entertainment
10:55 PM
Amelia
Artist : Bell X1
Album : Blue Lights On The Runway
Composer :
Label : Yep Roc Records

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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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