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
4:08 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: ABBA The Museum

ABBA The Museum.
John Vettese/XPN

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World Cafe
11:31 am
Tue July 28, 2015

World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man on Earth.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

Today we have a lengthy conversation with The Tallest Man on Earth, the stage name for Swedish artist Kristian Matsson, as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm continues. Matsson started making folk-inspired music on his own in 2006, recording by himself and giving charismatic one-man performances. He added instruments and other players for the first time on his new album, Dark Bird Is Home, expanding the sonic possibilities.

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World Cafe
4:53 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: Small Feet

Simon Stålhamre of Small Feet.
Courtesy of the artist

Our former World Cafe: Next artists Small Feet are our guests as part of our Sense of Place — Stockholm series. Songwriter Simon Stålhamre, who leads the band, has been making music from an early age, but he only recently got the courage to make his first album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean.

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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

World Cafe Sense Of Place — Stockholm: Peter Bjorn And John

Peter Bjorn and John.
Joachim Belaieff XPN

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:04 pm

Peter Bjorn and John, the band that brought whistling back to pop music with their 2006 hit "Young Folks" and its award-winning video, are our first guests as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm begins. This session was recorded at X-Level studio in Stockholm with our World Cafe travel adventurers in attendance. The band has not released a new album in four years and is still in the midst of writing a new one, making this live performance even more exciting.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Tall Tales And The Silver Lining On World Cafe

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining.
Betsy Winchell Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 5:13 pm

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is an LA band centered on the songwriting and vision of Trevor Beld Jimenez. The band achieves a barefoot, breezy looseness with their music, and it makes sense that Jimenez has a love for the LA music scene of the 1970s. This comes through on Tightropes, the album released earlier this year, especially with Jimenez's clear, wandering voice.

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World Cafe
8:23 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

The Deslondes On World Cafe

The Deslondes.
Elena Ricci Courtesy of the artist

Although it sure sounds it, nothing the New Orleans roots band The Deslondes does is easy. It's not easy to seamlessly play such a variety of music, from country to R&B and everything in between — and it's certainly not easy to have five singers and writers in one band and to operate as a collective.

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World Cafe
6:03 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Penelope Spheeris On World Cafe

The Decline of Western Civilization, a series of three films by Penelope Spheeris.
Courtesy of the filmmaker

The 1980s in LA were a tumultuous time musically. A number of homegrown movements formed in reaction to the over-produced, corporate music scene, and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris was there to document these beginnings with a series of three extraordinary films titled The Decline of Western Civilization. The first is on the LA punk scene and came out to unanimous praise in 1979. She used extreme filmmaking methods, got inside the nascent scene with her camera and at times seemingly dove off the stage in small venues.

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

World Cafe Next: Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon.
Courtesy of the artist

Our World Cafe: Next artist Kevin Gordon has been releasing albums since 2001, and his new one coming out in September, Long Gone Time, is a great example of the swampy rock he favors. Pay attention to his lyrics: After a punk rock youth in Monroe, La., he went on to graduate with a master's from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Gordon lives in Nashville now, and he can't shake his love of punk, poetry or Southern blues.

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World Cafe
3:43 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Warren Haynes On World Cafe

Warren Haynes.
Cameron Pollack/WXPN

Warren Haynes is best known for playing lead guitar for Gov't Mule and being in the final lineup of The Allman Brothers Band, who recently put their career to bed with a last series of concerts at The Beacon Theater in New York. Meanwhile, Haynes has been making solo studio albums, each with a distinct style. His last one, 2011's Man in Motion, was his soul album.

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World Cafe
5:15 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Latin Roots: Prog Rock? How About Prog Salsa?

Sonora Ponceña, a Puerto Rican salsa band, has been active for 50 years. They're one of the bands picked by Ernesto Lechner to showcase the music known as "progressive salsa."
Courtesy of the artist

For World Cafe's latest Latin Roots segment, Ernesto Lechner from The Latin Alternative is here to discuss progressive salsa. This 1970s music was influenced by the burgeoning prog-rock movement in the U.K. and the U.S., and, as Lechner puts it, there was a conscious effort to be as experimental as possible. He'll play a couple of examples (and include a Spotify playlist) on this page.

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