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
10:51 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Yann Tiersen On World Cafe

Jeff Rabillon

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:34 pm

The music of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen breaks the constraints of form, yet each track is built around poignant, emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead. He began recording in the summer of 1993, and first found commercial success in his native France with 1998's Le Phare, recorded in two months on the island of Ouessant.

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World Cafe
5:38 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Next: Two Man Gentlemen Band

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Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:54 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from Two Man Gentleman Band

Self-described as "hot, raucous, retro swing for two," Two Man Gentlemen Band lives up to its claim. But, as the name suggests, there's a subtle ridiculousness to the group's sound. Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have made a career of recording old-school, '60s-style folk on vintage equipment, only to pack their songs with parodies, anachronisms and absurdities.

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World Cafe
1:27 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Lumineers On World Cafe

The Lumineers.
Mark Sink

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:41 pm

This week's Vintage Cafe goes back to 2012, when good things were starting to happen for a trio of musicians from Denver. The Lumineers' original members, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, were high-school friends who moved to Denver thinking they'd have a better shot at getting noticed than they had in Brooklyn — plus, it was affordable. There, they met their third member, cellist Neyla Pekarek, through a Craigslist ad.

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World Cafe
4:07 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

John Mayer On World Cafe

John Mayer.
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Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 5:11 pm

Becoming a rock star has major implications — just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.

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World Cafe
3:20 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Janiva Magness On World Cafe

Janiva Magness.
Courtesy of Jeff Dunas

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 5:14 pm

Known for exploring the complexity of human hurt in ways that are both personal and universal, Janiva Magness is a widely praised blues and soul singer. Magness writes from a serious place, and fittingly, her music isn't to be taken lightly: She often weaves a difficult personal history into her songs, but, as her new album's title suggests, Magness pushes through tough times on Stronger for It.

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World Cafe
6:15 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Kent Hartman On World Cafe

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Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 10:24 am

Almost every record you know that was a 1960s radio hit had a secret weapon — a crew of L.A. backing musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew." This group, which included the likes of Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye, helped artists ranging from the Partridge Family to the Beach Boys make great-sounding albums.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Joachim Cooder On World Cafe

Joachim Cooder.
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Joachim Cooder is no stranger to collaborations, nor is he new to scoring soundtracks, yet Cooder's newest project combines his past experiences in an unexpected way. Son of legendary guitarist Ry Cooder, he took to the drums early on, and eventually played in the famous documentary Buena Vista Social Club. He's also worked behind the scenes, writing for the soundtracks of films such as Lars and the Real Girl.

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World Cafe
5:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Next: John Fullbright

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Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 10:09 am

  • Hear two new tracks by John Fullbright

Hailing from Okemah, Okla., with a serious talent for writing Americana music, John Fullbright is often compared to Woody Guthrie. But Fullbright isn't riding on the coattails of the great folk artists who came before him; in fact, he describes himself as a songwriter, not just a musician, because he's determined to play his own music.

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World Cafe
4:24 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Neal Casal On World Cafe

Neal Casal.
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Many fans of American rock love Neal Casal's guitar work, whether they know his solo music or not. Primarily a solo artist and guitarist for Ryan Adams' backing band The Cardinals, Casal built his career on country-rock sensibilities and tireless output. His first solo album came out in 1995, and since then, he's kept up his solo work while playing with The Cardinals, Chris Robinson of Black Crowes and countless others.

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World Cafe
10:53 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Rodrigo Y Gabriela On World Cafe

Rodrigo y Gabriela.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela plays everything from heavy metal to jazz to acoustic folk. The duo started out in a thrash-metal band in Mexico City, but moved to Dublin in 1999. From Ireland, its inventive instrumental music spread to the U.K., then to Europe and the U.S. before finally finding its way back to Mexico. Rodrigo y Gabriela's big break came in 2006, when the pair's self-titled debut topped the Irish charts.

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