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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.

Latin Roots: Mariza

18 hours ago

Fado, a traditional form of languorous, sad music, has been entwined with the culture of Portugal for a long time. It is associated with a specific kind of sadness, known in Portuguese as saudade.

Maybe it's a good thing social media didn't exist back in 1913, when the influential Bengali poet, musician and painter Rabindranath Tagore became the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Kishi Bashi On World Cafe

Oct 19, 2016

Kaoru Ishibashi is a violin-playing songwriter and arranger who leads the band Kishi Bashi. After studying scoring at Berklee College of Music, he played as a sideman with Regina Spektor and Of Montreal. He formed Kishi Bashi in 2011, and the band has taken on many forms since then.

Ruby The RabbitFoot On World Cafe

Oct 18, 2016

Growing up on St. Simon's Island just off the coast of Georgia, Ruby Kendrick always heard that one of her aunts was a witch. Now, having renamed herself after a rabbit's foot talisman, Ruby the RabbitFoot is part of the thriving Athens, Ga., music scene.

World Cafe Next: Loamlands

Oct 17, 2016

Raleigh, N.C.'s Kym Register had a dilemma: When you're a committed member of the folk-punk scene, an outsider, a LGBTQ activist and a leader of the area's hip kids, is it cool to acknowledge the music that's in your heart — when that music is the guitar pop of bands like Fleetwood Mac that dominated your parents' record collection?

Peter Wolf On World Cafe

Oct 17, 2016

In this session, Peter Wolf, the former frontman of Boston's The J. Geils Band, performs songs from his new solo album, A Cure For Loneliness, released this past April. Wolf is a wise man and a music lifer. Originally from New York, he moved to Boston to study painting on a fine arts scholarship and ended up playing in a number of blues and R&B bands. He also worked as the overnight DJ at WBCN.

Ages And Ages On World Cafe

Oct 14, 2016

This August, the Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages released its third album, Something To Ruin. It features the big, sing-along choruses we have come to expect from the band whose style has been dubbed "choral rock." But with this album, Ages and Ages demonstrates it's gotten even more thoughtful about its songwriting.

Talia here with a "longtime listener, first-time caller" moment. I've admired David Dye from afar for years, so I was thrilled when he welcomed me to make my first on-air appearance as the new Contributing Host on World Cafe. We talked about my past work as a host at the CBC, my history as a professional head-banger and our shared love of small venues. David was even gracious enough to let me spin a couple tunes.


Friday, October 21, 2016:

Warpaint are back with Heads Up, their first record after the bandmates took two years to work on independent projects.


William Tyler On World Cafe

Oct 12, 2016

The roads less traveled, the blue routes — whatever you call them, if you do enough solo touring, you end up searching for alternatives to the interstate. Nashville guitarist William Tyler discovered the idea for his new album Modern Country while out on tour, on the back roads. Tyler is an instrumental artist, yet he still thinks of his music as having a narrative. "Modern Country is a love letter to what we're losing in America," he's said of the album. "To what we've already lost."