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
1:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Herb Alpert.
Chris Adjani Courtesy of the artist

For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experience, as he overdubbed his trumpet playing atop a recording of crowds and other ambient sounds. The album, which would become the first release on A&M Records, marked the beginning of Alpert's band, The Tijuana Brass.

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World Cafe
12:22 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Trigger Hippy On World Cafe

Trigger Hippy.
Cameron Pollack WXPN

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World Cafe's guest today is Trigger Hippy, a band featuring Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, session guitarist Tom Bukovac, singer Joan Osborne, singer-songwriter and Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene, and bassist Nick Govrik.

The singers, Osborne and Greene, favor singing as a duo, and their backing band possesses enormous instrumental fire power. In today's episode, we talk with Gorman, Osborne and Greene about how Trigger Hippy came together, and hear them perform songs from the group's new self-titled album.

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World Cafe
11:53 am
Mon September 29, 2014

World Cafe Next: Israel Nash

Israel Nash.
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Israel Nash. Originally from Missouri, the guitarist and singer-songwriter now lives in Dripping Springs, outside of Austin. His third album, Rain Plans, came out this August.

Though often described as straight Americana, Rain Plans also references the psychedelic side of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Here, we'll hear the long, jammy title track and more. Don't forget to sign up to receive the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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World Cafe
1:18 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Spoon On World Cafe

Spoon.
John Vettese WXPN

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World Cafe
4:06 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Caroline Rose On World Cafe

Caroline Rose.
Courtesy of the artist

Caroline Rose joins World Cafe from the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Rose, whose new album is titled I Will Not Be Afraid, escaped the drug problems of her small Northeast hometown via higher education. Now, a self-described "failed scholar and a modern-day hobo," Rose — who lives out of her van — makes her living playing gritty folk, blues and country across the U.S.

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World Cafe
4:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Sturgill Simpson On World Cafe

Sturgill Simpson.
Reto Sterchi Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe is recording sets live from the campground stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which has spawned past recordings by The Felice Brothers, Deer Tick and John Fullbright. This set, by country singer Sturgill Simpson on August 14, is one of the best yet.

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World Cafe
1:13 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

alt-J On World Cafe

alt-J.
Brittany Salerno Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 2:14 pm

The British band alt-J just released its new album, This Is All Yours. The group, which began as a sort of hobby for four art students at Leeds University, won the 2012 Mercury Prize — the annual music prize awarded for the U.K.'s best album. The album that won it for alt-J, An Awesome Wave, is a surprising collection of intricate, off-kilter songs.

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World Cafe
3:55 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cleopatra Degher

Cleopatra Degher.
Courtesy of the artist

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week, Cleopatra Degher, released her first full-length album, Pacific, earlier this month. Degher joins a rich lineage of folk musicians from the Golden State, but her spot in that history came with a long detour: Though born in San Diego, she grew up in Sweden and didn't return to California until she was 18.

Still, Degher's open, breezy arrangements speak fluent Californian. It's as if she never left.

World Cafe
2:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Hold Steady On World Cafe

The Hold Steady.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

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World Cafe
10:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Selwyn Birchwood On World Cafe

Selwyn Birchwood.
Paul Natkin Courtesy of the artist

Today's World Cafe guest is Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood. Out of the Tampa area, Birchwood, who plays guitar and lap steel, started out self-releasing his music before winning the 2013 International Blues Challenge with his band. That led to a record deal — and his debut album, Don't Call No Ambulance.

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