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
12:17 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

World Cafe Next: Monophonics

Monophonics.
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There is a quote on the website of our World Cafe: Next band this week, Monophonics. It's from Al Bell, the legendary one-time head of Stax Records: "One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!"

Actually, Al only got it half right. There are many more sides to the Monophonics. They are a psychedelic soul band from the San Francisco Bay Area that draws on many genres from the '60s and '70s, including psychedelic rock.

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World Cafe
3:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Latin Roots: Essential Cumbia

Colombian singer Totó La Momposina.
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Of all the styles of Latin music we've been exploring on our Latin Roots Essential series, there are few that are more essential than cumbia. Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago's Beat Latino is up to the task of exploring this wide-ranging genre. She brings some great musical picks — and she made this extended Spotify playlist for your further enjoyment.

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World Cafe
2:44 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Judah & The Lion On World Cafe

Judah & the Lion
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Judah & the Lion join us live today. They're a three-piece band from Nashville consisting of of Judah Akers (vocals and guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin) and Nate Zuercher (banjo).

In 2011, like many new young bands from Music City, they met at Belmont University. After a couple of EPs, they released their debut full length, Kids These Days, in September of last year.

One thing you will note is how upbeat these guys are lyrically. There is no way you can leave a concert with Judah & the Lion without feeling better than when you arrived.

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Feufollet On World Cafe

Feufollet.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 1:15 pm

Feufollet are from Lafayette, Louisiana and have been together since the late '90s, when the members were just kids. At that point, thanks to time spent in French immersion school, the band played the French Cajun music repertoire.

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World Cafe
12:55 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Delta Rae On World Cafe

Delta Rae.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:34 pm

The Hölljes family has churned out some impressive musicians: Siblings Brittany, Ian and Eric Hölljes are at the heart of the North Carolina band Delta Rae. Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins share lead vocals in the group, while Ian and Eric Hölljes write the songs.

Delta Rae's first album, which included a cameo from Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, came out in 2012, and the band just released a new one called After It All. Here, Delta Rae performs some of its new songs onstage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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World Cafe
1:50 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

World Cafe Next: Emil Friis

Emil Friis.
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This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a Danish singer-songwriter named Emil Friis, who's just released a dark, vibe-driven album called Sand In Your Eyes. Friis originally wrote this music for a French gangster film that didn't pan out before it became his new album.

Friis aims for a combination of Ennio Morricone's dusty landscapes and Lee Hazlewood's vocals. Hear and download two of his songs here, or through the World Cafe podcast.

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World Cafe
1:05 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

The Suffers On World Cafe

The Suffers.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 9:07 am

World Cafe's studio is rarely as crowded as it is during this session with the 10-piece Houston soul band The Suffers. An impeccably proficient group, it's got a tight rhythm section, airtight horn parts and a dynamic, energetic frontwoman in Kam Franklin.

World Cafe
12:32 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Nora Jane Struthers On World Cafe

Nora Jane Struthers.
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Nora Jane Struthers might never have become a professional musician were it not for a moment of euphoria at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Struthers had gone to school to study education — and was actually working as a teacher in Brooklyn — when she turned around to face away from the stage at Telluride. When she saw the crowd and the mountains, she decided to follow her heart and head to Nashville to make music.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Greg Holden On World Cafe

Greg Holden.
Myriam Santos Courtesy of the artist

Greg Holden isn't a name everyone knows — at least not yet — but his work has reached a massive audience. His song "Home" was a massive hit for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips a few years ago.

A U.K. singer-songwriter, Holden put out his own crowd-financed album in 2012, and is now making his major-label debut with Chase The Sun. On this episode of World Cafe, he performs a few songs and tells the story of how he took the money he made from "Home" to finance a backpacking trip to India.

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World Cafe
2:32 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr. On World Cafe

Tobias Jesso Jr.
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Piano-playing singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has seen his fortunes in the music business improve dramatically. The singer-songwriter recently put out his first album, Goon, which has received rave reviews and even been tweeted by Adele. But his career didn't take off until after he'd given up: In 2012, while recovering from a breakup in L.A., he was hit by a car, which impaled his hand on its hood ornament. While lying there, he saw a thief abscond with his bike. The next morning, he learned that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer.

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