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World Cafe
8:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Latin Roots: Fania Records Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Fania Records celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Courtesy of the label

On today's episode of Latin Roots, the multitalented Rachel Faro helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fania Records. More than a record label, the imprint synonymous with salsa music was also a cross between a family and a way of life.

Fania's ascendance in the '60s was the product of immigration and a vibrant community of talented Puerto Rican players finding a new home in New York. And the closing of Havana to the outside world helped make New York even more of a Latin music center.

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World Cafe
8:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Nikki Lane On World Cafe

Nikki Lane.
Chuck Grant. Courtesy of the artist

Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut today. She released her first album in 2011 after moving to Nashville from New York, where she had been pursuing both fashion and music. She found each of those pursuits a little easier to manage in Tennessee.

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World Cafe
10:53 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Bob Mould On World Cafe

Bob Mould.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Bob Mould, one of the most influential artists from '80s punk with Hüsker Dü, has a new solo album, Beauty and Ruin.

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World Cafe
9:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ben Watt On World Cafe

Ben Watt.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's guest today is Ben Watt from Everything But The Girl, the band he led with his partner (now wife) Tracey Thorn in the '80s and '90s. He has a new solo album called Hendra, which he recorded with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

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Newport Folk Festival
9:41 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival

Hurray For The Riff Raff performed at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival — and makes a return engagement this year.
Meagan Beauchemin NPR

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:39 am

The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it?

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Newport Folk Festival
9:19 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ryan Adams Live webcast Friday @ 6PM

Ryan Adams
Credit Julia Brokaw

 Ryan Adams used to be the picture of ramshackle prolificacy — a man with Prince's desire to flood the market with product, not to mention an equally slippery grip on the quality-control lever. But Adams has   calmed down dramatically in recent years, for reasons ranging from a stabler personal life to his battles with Ménière's disease, which attacks the inner ear and affects hearing and balance. In September, the former Whiskeytown singer returns with his self-titled 14th studio album, which comes out nearly three years after his lightly brooding Ashes & Fire.

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World Cafe
3:43 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

World Cafe Next: Honeyblood

Honeyblood.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Honeyblood

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Honeyblood, the Glaswegian duo of singer Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar. The band's intriguing self-titled debut, released earlier this month, mixes country and folk with moments that veer into lo-fi punk. Download two of its songs here.

World Cafe
2:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Avett Brothers On World Cafe

The Avett Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

The Avett Brothers, led by siblings Seth and Scott Avett, released a proper debut in 2002, then went on to release five studio albums and two live compilations before breaking through to a mainstream audience with 2007's Emotionalism. For a follow-up, The Avett Brothers worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin on I and Love and You. The band performs three of its best-known songs here.

This segment originally ran on Sept. 24, 2009.

Station News
9:55 am
Mon July 21, 2014

World Cafe, July 21-25

Credit pastemagazine.com

Here's the line-up for this week! World Cafe airs at 2pm.

Monday, July 21, 2014

On this Vintage Cafe, David Dye looks back at his 2009 conversation with The Avett Brothers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Founding member of Everything But The Girl, English musician Ben Watt has a new solo record called Hendra.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hüsker Dü frontman, Bob Mould, just released his 11th solo album, Beauty & Ruin.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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World Cafe
4:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mammut On World Cafe

Mammút.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 3:44 pm

World Cafe's week-long series Sense of Place: Iceland draws to a close with an unexpected treat. We'd been in Reykjavik for a few days when we learned that June 17 would mark a daylong celebration of Icelandic National Day, the anniversary of Iceland's independence from Denmark in 1944. Events planned for the holiday ranged from outdoor chess matches to accordion concerts, culminating in a free outdoor show for an audience expected to hit 10,000.

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