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Monday through Thursday 9-11 PM

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 10, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
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Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Sometime Around Midnight
Artist : The Airborne Toxic Event
Album : The Airborne Toxic Event
Composer :
Label : Island
9:06 PM
Agape
Artist : Bear’s Den
Album : Agape
Composer :
Label : Communion
9:11 PM
Lover of the Light
Artist : Mumford & Sons
Album : Babel
Composer :
Label : Glassnote
9:15 PM
The Backyard
Artist : Miracle Legion
Album : Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol. 14
Composer :
Label : Rhino
9:20 PM
September Gurls
Artist : Big Star
Album : Radio City
Composer :
Label : JVC Victor
9:21 PM
She Makes the World Turn Backwards
Artist : Mark Mulcahy
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:30 PM
He’s A Magnet
Artist : Mark Mulcahy
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:35 PM
The Rabbit
Artist : Mark Mulcahy
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:43 PM
Let the Fireflies Fly Away
Artist : Mark Mulcahy
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:46 PM
Bearing Witness
Artist : David Bazan
Album : Curse Your Branches
Composer :
Label : Barsuk
9:48 PM
I Won’t Be Long
Artist : Beck
Album : I Won't Be Long
Composer :
Label : Beck
9:53 PM
The Main Thing
Artist : Roxy Music
Album : Avalon
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
9:57 PM
Hot Body Rub
Artist : Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Album : Before Today
Composer :
Label : 4AD
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
Fifth In Line To the Throne
Artist : Camera Obscura
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:05 PM
Night Still Comes
Artist : Neko Case
Album : The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Composer :
Label : Anti
10:09 PM
Sing Me Spanish Techno
Artist : The New Pornographers
Album : Twin Cinema
Composer :
Label : Matador Records
10:14 PM
Your Life is a Lie
Artist : MGMT
Album : MGMT
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:16 PM
Keep You
Artist : Wild Belle
Album : Isles
Composer :
Label : Columbia Records
10:19 PM
Silverado
Artist : Black Dub
Album : Black Dub
Composer :
Label : RED INT / RED INK
10:20 PM
Sun Song
Artist : Laura Veirs
Album : Warp and Weft
Composer :
Label : Raven Marching Band
10:24 PM
In Between Days
Artist : The Cure
Album : Staring at the Sea: The Singles
Composer :
Label : Elektra/WEA
10:27 PM
Down by the Water
Artist : The Decemberists
Album : The King Is Dead
Composer :
Label : Capitol
10:31 PM
When Johnny Strikes Up the Band
Artist : Warren Zevon
Album : Excitable Boy
Composer :
Label : Elektra/Wea
10:34 PM
Right Action
Artist : Franz Ferdinand
Album : Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Composer :
Label : Domino
10:37 PM
Something Great
Artist : LCD Sound System
Album : Sound of Silver
Composer :
Label : Capitol
10:38 PM
Flying Over Water
Artist : Jason Isbell
Album : Southeastern
Composer :
Label : Southeastern Records
10:42 PM
6 O’Clock News
Artist : Kathleen Edwards
Album : Failer
Composer :
Label : Zoe Records
10:47 PM
Walk On
Artist : Neil Young
Album : On The Beach
Composer :
Label : Reprise / WEA
10:50 PM
The Ceiling
Artist : The Wild Feathers
Album : The Wild Feathers
Composer :
Label : Warner Bros / Wea
10:57 PM
Spotlight
Artist : Leagues
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN

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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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