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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 25, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Morning Song
Artist : The Lumineers
Album : The Lumineers
Composer :
Label : Dualtone Music Group
9:06 PM
The One that Got Away
Artist : The Civil Wars
Album : The Civil Wars
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:09 PM
Losing My Religion
Artist : REM
Album : Out Of Time
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers
9:14 PM
Heavy Feet
Artist : Local Natives
Album : Hummingbird
Composer :
Label : Frenchkiss Records
9:18 PM
Last Train to Clarksville
Artist : The Monkees
Album : Greatest Hits
Composer :
Label : Rhino
9:20 PM
Different Drum
Artist : The Stone Poneys feat. Linda Ronstadt
Album : Evergreen, Vol 2.
Composer :
Label : Raven
9:23 PM
Pale Blue Eyes
Artist : The Velvet Undergorund
Album : The Velvet Underground
Composer :
Label : MGM
9:25 PM
Joanne
Artist : Michael Nesmith
Album : Live at the Britt Festival
Composer :
Label : Videoranch
9:37 PM
Different Drum
Artist : The Greenbriar Boys
Album : Best of the Vanguard Years
Composer :
Label : Vanguard Records
9:47 PM
Grand Ennui
Artist : Michael Nesmith & The First National Band
Album : Nevada Fighter
Composer :
Label : Camden International
9:48 PM
Grand Ennui
Artist : Michael Nesmith & The First National Band
Album : Nevada Fighter
Composer :
Label : Camden International
9:49 PM
Helen Fry
Artist : The Felice Brothers
Album : The Felice Brothers
Composer :
Label : Team Love Records
9:50 PM
Her Favorite Song
Artist : Mayer Hawthorne
Album : Where Does This Door Go?
Composer :
Label : Republic
9:53 PM
My Doorbell
Artist : The White Stripes
Album : Get Behind Me Satan
Composer :
Label : Warner Bros/WEA
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
Have a Little Faith
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Rumble and Sway EP
Composer :
Label : Polydor UK
10:03 PM
Can You Get to That
Artist : Mavis Staples
Album : One True Vine
Composer :
Label : Anti
10:06 PM
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Artist : The National
Album : Trouble Will Find Me
Composer :
Label : 4ad / Ada
10:09 PM
California
Artist : Delta Spirit
Album : Delta Spirit
Composer :
Label : Rounder
10:13 PM
Handle With Care
Artist : The Traveling Wilburys
Album : The Traveling Wilburs Vol. 1
Composer :
Label : Rhino
10:16 PM
Dye The World
Artist : The Smith Westerns
Album : Dye It Blonde
Composer :
Label : Fat Possum Records
10:16 PM
Dye The World
Artist : The Smith Westerns
Album : Dye It Blonde
Composer :
Label : Fat Possum Records
10:16 PM
Dye The World
Artist : The Smith Westerns
Album : Dye It Blonde
Composer :
Label : Fat Possum Records
10:17 PM
Dye The World
Artist : The Smith Westerns
Album : Dye It Blonde
Composer :
Label : Fat Possum Records
10:17 PM
Hot Love
Artist : T Rex
Album : Hits!
Composer :
Label : Blue Note Records
10:22 PM
Tighten Up
Artist : The Black Keys
Album : Brothers
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
10:26 PM
Feel It All
Artist : KT Tunstall
Album : Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon
Composer :
Label : Blue Note Records
10:29 PM
Always the Last to Know
Artist : Del Amitri
Album : Change Everything
Composer :
Label : A&M
10:33 PM
Live and Die
Artist : The Avett Brothers
Album : The Carpenter
Composer :
Label : Republic
10:37 PM
Walking
Artist : The Dodos
Album : Visiter
Composer :
Label : Frenchkiss
10:38 PM
Get Ready Marie
Artist : Patty Griffin
Album : American Kid
Composer :
Label : New West Records
10:41 PM
Marry Me
Artist : St. Vincent
Album : Marry Me
Composer :
Label : Beggars Banquet U.S.
10:46 PM
Sex on Fire
Artist : Kings of Leon
Album : Only By The Night
Composer :
Label : RCA
10:49 PM
Song for Zula
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Muchacho
Composer :
Label : Dead Oceans
10:55 PM
Night Terror
Artist : Laura Marling
Album : Alas I Cannot Swim
Composer :
Label : Astralwerks

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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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