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
2:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench formed The Stray Birds in Lancaster, Penn., in 2012, though they'd known each other and performed together in the city's tight-knit music community prior to that. The group's self-titled debut was well-received in folk circles, and was named one of NPR's Top 10 folk and Americana albums for 2012.

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World Cafe
1:22 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Budos Band On World Cafe

The Budos Band.
Justin Borucki Courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.

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World Cafe
11:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon And Bill Frisell On World Cafe

Sam Amidon (right) & Bill Frisell.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:58 am

Sam Amidon recycles music. The L.A.-based musician — he's originally from from Brattleboro, Vt., where his parents were both folk players — takes older songs, folk songs, and transforms them into his own music through rearrangement and sensitive performance.

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World Cafe
12:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Black Prairie On World Cafe

Black Prairie.
Jason Quigley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:03 pm

Fans of The Decemberists will be happy to hear that the band has a new album in the works, but that will surely put a crimp in the touring schedule of today's guest, Black Prairie. The Portland band, which recently released its third album, Fortune, features several of the non-Colin Meloy members of The Decemberists.

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World Cafe
10:46 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Bono On World Cafe

U2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:32 pm

U2 and singer Bono are accustomed to challenging their audience. In 1991, for example, Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV tour surprised the group's fans with a sharp left turn — in both sound and image — from 1988's Rattle And Hum.

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World Cafe
6:25 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

World Cafe Next: Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:58 am

You can't beat sibling harmony. Or "blood harmony" as sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz call their vocalizing. From Indianapolis, Lily & Madeleine will release their second album, Fumes, at the end of the month. As Madeleine says, "Fumes shows our transformation as musicians and as women, and was inspired by our experience on the road as well as the life experiences of people close to us. It's a perfect reflection of this stage of our lives."

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World Cafe
5:34 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Justin Townes Earle performs live at WXPN in Philadelphia.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:39 am

Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is back with a new album, Single Mothers, on a new label, Vagrant Records.

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World Cafe
2:51 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Latin Roots: Tango Essentials

Lidia Borda.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

On the latest installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, we examine the music of Argentina — specifically the tango. Musician Rachel Faro is here to tell us how tango, with its rich history, is much more than just songs. She plays pieces by classic tango singer Carlos Gardel and the more contemporary artist Lidia Borda.

World Cafe
1:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tweedy On World Cafe

Tweedy.
Chris Sikich XPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

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World Cafe
2:38 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Sounds Of Baltimore: Divine, Mama Cass And More

Divine, in John Waters' 1972 film Pink Flamingos.
Divine Heirs LLC

Erik Deatherage, host of WTMD's Morning Show, joins World Cafe for today's Sense Of Place to play songs by some of Baltimore's best musicians. With a tip of the hat to director John Waters, he starts with Divine's "Born To Be Cheap," then plays a song by the late Mama Cass and more in an eclectic set that touches on the city's diverse musical history.

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