World Cafe

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
1:51 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Chris Smither On World Cafe

Chris Smither.
Jeff Fasano Courtesy of the artist

Bluesman, singer, and songwriter Chris Smither has been at it for 50 years. Still On The Levee, a new double-disc collection, honors that anniversary by having Smither revisit songs from all stages of his long career, re-recording them in his birthplace of New Orleans.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

World Cafe Next: Motel Beds

Motel Beds.
Courtesy of the artist

The fun, breezy Dayton garage-rock band Motel Beds has released five albums since 2001, and just put out a best-of compilation called These Are The Days Gone By. It's hard to choose, but World Cafe: Next showcases a couple of them in this episode, including one that goes back to the group's debut.

Don't forget to download the World Cafe: Next podcast, too.

World Cafe
6:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Robert Plant On World Cafe

Robert Plant.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 2:30 pm

Robert Plant has had considerable success following his muse over many years. Not much has to be said about the legendary band that is Led Zeppelin, the most revered hard rock group ever. His solo exploration in early R&B yielded some fine solo albums, and then in the 1990s, he started indulging his true loves of English and American folk, 1960s psychedelia, and African music, particularly the sound known as desert blues from Mali.

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World Cafe
6:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kelis On World Cafe

Kelis and her 12-piece band lit up the stage at Stubb's for NPR Music's SXSW showcase in a career-spanning set.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 7:21 pm

If all you know about R&B singer Kelis is her ubiquitous 2003 single "Milkshake," then we're going to go ahead and fix that problem. Kelis has had a fascinating career thus far: recording with the now famous production duo The Neptunes on her first three albums; garnering two Grammy nominations and then walking away from the music biz; spending four years becoming a certified chef from the Le Cordon Bleu cooking academy.

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World Cafe
12:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Salsa Songs

Cheo Feliciano.
Harold Escalona Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 3:45 pm

World Cafe launches a new Latin Roots series today. We went back to our correspondents and asked them to choose the essential songs in different genres of Latin music. We want to answer the question: What songs do people need to hear?

We start the series off with Grammy-winning record producer Aaron Luis Levinson and a passionate piece on essential salsa songs.

World Cafe
12:41 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Delta Spirit On World Cafe

Delta Spirit.
Matthew J. Pandolfe Courtesy of the artist

Ever since Delta Spirit's 2007 debut, Ode To Sunshine, World Cafe has embraced the trashcan-smashing band. On Tuesday, the group released its fourth album, Into The Wide; several of its songs turn up in this studio session.

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World Cafe
8:03 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Ryan Adams On World Cafe

Ryan Adams performs live in World Cafe's studio.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:07 am

Ryan Adams just released his new self-titled album. It's his second solo record since he took time away from touring and recording to deal with Ménière's disease, an inner-ear problem that made performing loud music unbearable.

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World Cafe
4:23 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cory Branan

Cory Branan.
Nicole C. Kibert Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:59 pm

OK, so our World Cafe: Next artist this week isn't exactly a new artist. It was back in 2000 that the Recording Academy chapter in his hometown of Memphis named him "Newcomer Of The Year." He pokes fun at the lack of national attention he's received since then in the title of his fourth album, The No-Hit Wonder.

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Tori Amos On World Cafe

Tori Amos' new album, her 14th, is called Unrepentant Geraldines.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe has a wonderful, lengthy session with Tori Amos today. The singer-songwriter made her debut more than 20 years ago with Little Earthquakes and has maintained her intensity through the years, as well as her interest in challenging herself.

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World Cafe
10:28 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Shovels & Rope On World Cafe

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope perform at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:39 am

Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, South Carolina-based folk duo who had big success with their first album as a band, O Be Joyful, in 2013. It won Best Emerging Artist and Song of The Year honors (for "Birmingham") at the 2013 Americana Music Awards.

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