World Cafe

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

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Feb 5, 2016

With seven albums, four EPs, seven 7" vinyl records and one live set under its belt, the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr. Dog released its eighth full-length LP Friday. For this record, The Psychedelic Swamp, the band revisited and re-recorded songs from a set of experimental cassette recordings it had made in 2000.

Latin Roots: Monsieur Periné

Feb 4, 2016

Basia Bulat On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2016

Best known for her use of the autoharp, Basia Bulat loves stringed instruments, but she concentrated on keyboards for her latest album, Good Advice, which was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Bulat says she pushed herself out of her comfort zone to make her fourth album a pop record. Hear the Canadian singer-songwriter perform some of those new songs live on this episode of World Cafe.

Two neighbors — Donnie Fritts and John Paul White, both from Florence, Alabama — make veteran songwriter and session man Fritts' new album, Oh My Goodness, some of his best work yet.

World Cafe Next: Brooke Waggoner

Feb 1, 2016

Brooke Waggoner is like anyone with a day job and a rich other life doing what she really loves: making music. Except Waggoner's day job is in music, too — maybe backing fellow Nashville resident Jack White on keyboards, or fashioning string arrangements for the TV show Nashville.

Lettuce On World Cafe

Jan 29, 2016

The Brooklyn band Lettuce has been at it for two decades now, mixing funk with hip-hop beats and contributions from guest rappers. Its new album Crush was recorded while the group was on tour, most importantly in New Orleans.

Shemekia Copeland On World Cafe

Jan 28, 2016

Shemekia Copeland, daughter of the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, got her start when she first took the stage with him at age 8; she released her first album 10 years later. In this session, she explains that she's always had a powerful voice, but had to learn the subtleties of singing.

In this episode, Copeland performs at WXPN's Free At Noon concert, where she sings songs from her latest album, Outskirts Of Love.

Benjamin Clementine On World Cafe

Jan 27, 2016

A Mercury Prize-winning musician, Benjamin Clementine worked his way up from playing the streets of Paris to performing in clubs and festivals. Clementine's theatrical voice is often compared to that of Nina Simone, whom the singer admits he didn't know about until people mentioned the comparison.

Korey Dane On World Cafe

Jan 26, 2016

Southern California roots and folk singer-songwriter Korey Dane grew up listening to classic music from The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. But at a young age, he was also introduced to Tom Waits, who was his main inspiration to become a songwriter. Dane says he started writing to get away from the mundane of the day-to-day, and he's never stopped since.

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