World Cafe

Weekdays between 4am to 6am and 6pm to 8pm
David Dye

World Cafe is 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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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Latin Roots: From Africa To Brazil, The Story Of Samba

Brazilian samba musician Jorge Ben.
Fernanda Calfat Getty Images

Grammy-winning Latin-music producer Aaron Levinson joins WXPN's David Dye for this, the 17th segment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series. Levinson, a Philadelphia native, started his music career at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. With a background as a musician and composer, he's a former governor of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Levinson has gone on to start his own record label, Range Recording Studios, and has produced and released more than a dozen albums along the way.

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World Cafe
2:42 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Van Hunt On World Cafe

Van Hunt.
Hannah Mattix

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 4:27 pm

Van Hunt is something like a cross between Thelonious Monk and Prince: throaty and suave yet artistic, bold and a little weird. His inventive style speaks to his strong will, a trait that propelled the college dropout to move from his home in Ohio to the music hub of Atlanta.

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World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

JD McPherson On World Cafe

JD McPherson.
Samantha Franklin

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:57 pm

JD McPherson's "big break" came when he introduced himself to producer and bassist Jimmy Sutton of The Four Charms via MySpace. After receiving several of McPherson's demos, Sutton immediately recognized his talent, and the Oklahoma native moved to Chicago to begin recording with Sutton. The pair released a music video for "North Side Gal," which became a viral hit.

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World Cafe
2:40 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Sara Watkins On World Cafe

Sara Watkins.
Aaron Redfield

Former Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins is a musical protege, both as a vocalist and as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Watkins enjoyed widespread success in Nickel Creek, which included her older brother Sean and childhood friend Chris Thile.

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Next: Carrousel

Carrousel.
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  • Hear two new tracks from Carrousel

The Tallahassee band Carrousel released its first full-length album, 27 rue de mi'chelle, in May. The group's trippy, cathartic, lovelorn dream-pop often references time spent around the ocean, but there's meticulousness to the sound that could only come from countless hours in the studio. Download Carrousel's head-turning "14" and the new album's title track in this installment of World Cafe Next.

World Cafe
3:46 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Best Coast On World Cafe

Best Coast.
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Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 5:29 pm

Best Coast is known for simple, beachy pop songs, but the L.A. duo's new album The Only Place steps up the production quality significantly. Singer Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno are driven by shared appreciation: Crazy For You and the new record both showcase the pair's infectious love of California.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Latin Roots: San Antonio In The 1950s

Alejandro Escovedo.
M Chavez

San Antonio native Alejandro Escovedo co-hosts the latest installment of Latin Roots, in which he discusses the Latin character of his hometown's music since the 1950s. Escovedo's prolific rock music has always had strong Latin influences as a result of the time he spent listening to his parents' records.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Alejandro Escovedo On World Cafe

Alejandro Escovedo.
Todd Wolfson

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:32 pm

Alejandro Escovedo has played virtually every kind of rock 'n' roll there is to play, from punk to orchestral to country, during a career dating back to the 1970s.

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World Cafe
11:18 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Lisa Marie Presley On World Cafe

Lisa Marie Presley.
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Being the only child of rock 'n' roll's king has kept Lisa Marie Presley under a long shadow, but she's found ways to make her music stand out that don't involve her lineage or occasionally stormy personal life.

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World Cafe
2:38 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter On World Cafe

Mary Chapin Carpenter.
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Five-time Grammy winner and New Jersey native Mary Chapin Carpenter has been cranking out country and folk standards for nearly a quarter of a century. Her recent 11th album, Ashes and Roses, finds the singer-songwriter reflecting on grief over her father's death, her recent divorce and concerns about her own health.

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