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
12:07 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Paolo Nutini On World Cafe

Paolo Nutini.
Shamil Tanna Courtesy of the artist

Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.

In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."

World Cafe
11:07 am
Wed October 29, 2014

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

John Mellencamp.
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In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."

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World Cafe
10:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Annie Lennox.
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Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:05 am

One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.

Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: Alex G

Alex G.
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Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:07 am

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.

World Cafe
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

James Williamson On World Cafe

James Williamson.
Tanya Alexis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:06 am

Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.

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World Cafe
3:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Jazz

Machito, Jose Mangual and Carlos Vidal in 1947.
William Gottlieb Library Of Congress

We welcome record producer Aaron Luis Levinson back to World Cafe's Latin Roots: Essentials series. This week, Levinson offers up his essential Latin jazz picks, starting with Duke Ellington's version of "Caravan." The song, written by Puerto Rican trombonist Juan Tizol, is a classic of the genre — one of the most enduring melodies in jazz, Latin music and beyond.

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World Cafe
12:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger On World Cafe

Hiss Golden Messenger.
Rich McKie XPN

World Cafe's guest today is Hiss Golden Messenger, the North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Barr Brothers On World Cafe

The Barr Brothers.
John Londono Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:36 pm

Montreal band The Barr Brothers formed in 2005 when singer and guitarist Brad Barr met concert harpist Sarah Page after hearing her practice through the wall of his apartment. He and his brother, Andrew Barr, had played together in Boston as The Slip. But The Barr Brothers, as an official group, only took form after Page joined.

Here, the band plays songs from its new album, Sleeping Operator.

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World Cafe
10:47 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

Jukebox The Ghost.
Eric Ryan Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:02 pm

Vocalist and pianist Ben Thornewill, singer-guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin met at George Washington University in 2003, then formed Jukebox The Ghost three years later. The D.C. pop band's self-titled fourth album comes out this week. In this interview and performance for World Cafe, Jukebox The Ghost tells guest host Michaela Majoun about placing piano in the foreground of its music, and explains how competition has been good for its songwriting.

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World Cafe
2:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:26 am

Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench formed The Stray Birds in Lancaster, Penn., in 2012, though they'd known each other and performed together in the city's tight-knit music community prior to that. The group's self-titled debut was well-received in folk circles, and was named one of NPR's Top 10 folk and Americana albums for 2012.

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