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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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September 18, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
People Got A Lotta Nerve
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Middle Cyclone
Composer :
Label : Anti
9:03 PM
Things That Scare Me
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Blacklisted
Composer :
Label : Bloodshot
9:06 PM
Most People
Artist : Dawes
Album : Stories Don¿t End
Composer :
Label : Hub Records
9:10 PM
Waiting
Artist : The Dismemberment Plan
Album : Uncanney Valley
Composer :
Label : Partisan Records
9:13 PM
Calling Cards
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:21 PM
Night Comes Still
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:30 PM
I’m From Nowhere
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:37 PM
Local Girl
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:41 PM
Calling Cards
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:44 PM
Night Comes Still
Artist : Neko Case
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:45 PM
Daddy’s Little Girl
Artist : Kelly Hogan
Album : I Like to Keep Myself In Pain
Composer :
Label : Anti
9:49 PM
Tower of Song
Artist : Leonard Cohen
Album : Live In London
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:57 PM
Clarence White
Artist : Low
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
My City Was Gone
Artist : The Pretenders
Album : Learning to Crawl
Composer :
Label : Artist First
10:05 PM
That’s the Way the World Goes ¿Round
Artist : John Prine
Album : Bruised Orange
Composer :
Label : Oh Boy
10:08 PM
I Used To Could
Artist : Mark Knopfler
Album : Privateering
Composer :
Label : Verve
10:12 PM
Throw It Out
Artist : Megan Reilly
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:13 PM
Retrograde
Artist : James Blake
Album : Overgrown
Composer :
Label : Republic
10:16 PM
The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Artist : David Bowie
Album : The Next Day
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:20 PM
Nothing Arrived
Artist : Villagers
Album : Awayland
Composer :
Label : Domino
10:24 PM
Two Fingers
Artist : Jake Bugg
Album : Jake Bugg
Composer :
Label : Island/Mercury
10:27 PM
Green Garden
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Sing to the Moon
Composer :
Label : RCA
10:31 PM
Master Hunter
Artist : Laura Marling
Album : Once I Was An Eagle
Composer :
Label : Ribbon Records
10:35 PM
Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
Artist : Patterson Hood
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:37 PM
Dizz Knee Land
Artist : Dada
Album : Puzzle
Composer :
Label : Blue Cave
10:41 PM
Voices Carry
Artist : Til Tuesday
Album : Voices Carry
Composer :
Label : Ecstatic Peace
10:45 PM
The Wire
Artist : Haim
Album : Days Are Gone
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:49 PM
A History Of Lovers
Artist : Iron & Wine, Calexico
Album : In The Reins
Composer :
Label : Sub Pop
10:53 PM
Dry Land
Artist : Joan Armatrading
Album : Back to the Night
Composer :
Label : A&M

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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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