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World Cafe

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoOAW5RxMeA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f93w847CuSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwItd7FLvGA Since 1981, Naoko Yamano has been the lead singer and driving force behind the pioneering Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife. She's still based in the band's hometown of Osaka, and after 35 years in the biz, she's about as plugged into the music scene in her home country as it gets. So when Yamano visited World Cafe with her bandmates to play tracks off Shonen...

In 1981 in Osaka, Japan, three young women with a shared love of the Ramones , The Beatles and the Buzzcocks decided to quit their office jobs and start a band. 35 years later, the members of Shonen Knife have cemented their status as cult heroes and pop-punk icons. The band's musical canon includes playful songs like "Banana Chips," "I Am A Cat" and "Flying Jelly Attack," and its touring history includes eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with Kurt Cobain while on the road with...

On Tuesday morning, the nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced. Out of all the nominations, the category World Cafe is watching most closely is Best Alternative Music Album; those nominees are David Bowie , Bon Iver , PJ Harvey , Iggy Pop and Radiohead . But we have favorites nominated in many other categories, too. Among them are Adele , Anderson .Paak , Sturgill Simpson , The Record Company, Snarky Puppy , Alabama Shakes , William Bell, Bob Dylan , Willie Nelson , The Avett...

Founded in 1983, Southern Culture On The Skids has been touting the virtues of dirt-track racing, Little Debbie pastries and kudzu for over 30 years. The North Carolina band — made up of Rick Miller, Dave Hartman and Mary Huff — plays music that amalgamates rock, funky old soul and country, presented with tongue firmly in cheek. Southern Culture On The Skids' latest album, The Electric Pinecones , is named after an acoustic spin-off project from its past, back when the band sometimes opened...

The Marcus King Band joins World Cafe 's Dan Reed for an interview and performance recorded onstage at World Cafe Live. King, a 20-year-old guitarist who hails from South Carolina, released his self-titled second album earlier this year on ATO Records. The record was produced by another guitarist from the Carolinas, Warren Haynes, whom King says he's always admired as a songwriter. It's easy to think of King as a young musician who's keeping the blues alive, but he says he doesn't want to...

Leif Vollebekk , a singer-songwriter from Montreal, is preparing to release the new album Twin Solitude after a period of extensive touring, including some time soaking in the music scene in Reykjavik, Iceland. Just before this album, Vollebekk put out an EP of covers; he feels he has found his songwriting voice after trying on other artists' styles. Hear two songs from Twin Solitude in the player above. Copyright 2016 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit WXPN-FM .

Amanda Shires first hit the road when she was 15 years old, as a fiddler with the Texas Playboys. Between releasing four of her own solo records and playing with the Thrift Store Cowboys or with her husband Jason Isbell 's ensemble, The 400 Unit, she's been on the road ever since. Until recently, when — at 34 weeks pregnant — she decided it was time to take a break from the road, waddle home and sit down for a minute. Or at least that was the plan. Shires found herself alone and overcome with...

The Rolling Stones ' new album is a collection of blues covers called Blue & Lonesome . Recorded in three days during December of last year, with co-producer Don Was, the album pays tribute to the blues legends that inspired the band when it was just getting started. The new album captures the Stones in all their gritty, bluesy, rocking glory, and the recordings have the swagger and energy of the most classic Rolling Stones sides.

As the New York Times reported, the album ...

I'll bet that all of us can remember what we were doing and thinking on this past Election Day. The members of Drive-By Truckers were at World Cafe Live, performing and discussing their new album, American Band . The timing couldn't have been better — American Band may be the most political record of Drive-By Truckers' career, though the band has been writing songs about being from the South since its 2001 debut. (Principal songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley both come from Alabama.)...

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