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
4:02 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Latin Roots: Philly Edition

El Caribefunk splits its time between Colombia and Philadelphia.
German Gomez Polo Courtesy of the artist

"Latin Roots" meets our "Sense of Place: Philly" series as Philadelphia-based reporter Aaron Levinson plays some local Latin music. First up is the "political and funky" El Malito & the 33rd Century, followed by El Caribefunk, a band that splits its time between Philadelphia and Colombia. We also salute Pupi Legarreta, an important figure in Afro-Cuban music who emigrated to the U.S.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Beloved by both Garrison Keillor and Jack White, Pokey LaFarge describes his own music — a mix of old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century — as timeless rather than retro.

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World Cafe
12:42 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Kopecky On World Cafe

Kopecky Family Band.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:05 pm

Founded in 2007 by Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon, The Kopecky Family Band — which recently shortened its name to Kopecky — is known for big, brash folk-pop that's uplifting in its sweep. The group didn't release its debut album, Kids Raising Kids, until 2012, after years spent honing its crisp, polished sound.

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World Cafe
2:29 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Lee Ann Womack On World Cafe

Lee Ann Womack.
Scarpati Courtesy of the artist

A flat-out great singer, Lee Ann Womack made her first album in 1997 — and three years later experienced a career-making crossover hit. "I Hope You Dance," which won a Grammy for Best Country Song, still gets played at huge moments like weddings and christenings.

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

World Cafe Next: Abram Shook

Abram Shook.
Courtney Chavanell Courtesy of the artist

This week's installment of World Cafe: Next is from Austin singer-songwriter Abram Shook, who's been part of the Shearwater touring band in recent years. In that time, he's also released two wonderfully arranged and artful albums of his own: Sun Marquee and the new Landscape Dream. You can hear and download two of his new songs on this page.

World Cafe
1:59 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford & Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

One of the best-selling rock bands in recent years, Mumford & Sons is coming off a smashing success with 2012's Babel, which sold a million copies and won Album Of The Year at the Grammys.

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World Cafe
4:14 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Sugar Tongue Slim On World Cafe

Sugar Tongue Slim.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:41 pm

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series is a perfect opportunity to feature the work of local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim, or S.T.S. He's just released S.T.S. X RJD2, a collaboration with the Philly DJ; it's a high point for both artists.

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World Cafe
1:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra with interloping World Cafe host David Dye (ensousaphoned, right).
Rich McKie WXPN

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

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World Cafe
3:58 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Liz Longley On World Cafe

Liz Longley.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The latest installment in World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series features singer-songwriter Liz Longley. Now based in Nashville, she got her start in the Philly suburbs.

Longley played in local clubs before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Her musical travels led her to Nashville, where she used a Kickstarter campaign to make the album she always wanted.

World Cafe
11:18 am
Thu May 21, 2015

The Golden Age Of Philly Soul On World Cafe

Gamble & Huff and Thom Bell.
Courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia is experiencing an exciting wave of young rock acts, but it's almost certainly never going to top the impact of Philadelphia International Records and the work of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970s.

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