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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.

Billy Bragg And Joe Henry On World Cafe

Sep 13, 2016

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry recorded much of their new album, Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad, during a four-day rail trip, stopping to use the natural acoustics at train stations across the country.

World Cafe Next: Middle Kids

Sep 12, 2016

Middle Kids, a three-piece band from Sydney, Australia, is just starting out — but, as you'll hear from its first two singles, it's already come quite a long way. Lead singer Hannah Joy's voice has the emotional range to carry these fine, accomplished songs. Listen in the player above and get in on the ground floor with Middle Kids before the band releases its first EP later this fall.

Joseph On World Cafe

Sep 12, 2016

Don't let the name fool you: The Portland, Ore., band Joseph is a trio of sisters, none of whom are called Joseph. They're actually Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner, who named their band after the Oregon town where their grandfather Jo once lived. Natalie was the Closner sister responsible for the group's formation; after she'd begun writing and performing, she realized how much more powerful the music could be with the addition of her siblings' voices.

The story goes that when he was 16 years old, Bob Weir met Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip began. Now, with the forthcoming release of Blue Mountain, Weir's first new solo album since 1978's Heaven Helps The Fool, comes a little pre-Dead history.

Local Natives On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2016

Those who have followed Local Natives since the release of its debut, Gorilla Manor, in 2009 --- or for even longer, since the band had formed in Los Angeles years earlier — can't help but notice how the band has constantly toyed with its sound. For its second album, 2013's Hummingbird, Local Natives switched things up by working with producer Aaron Dessner of The National.

Latin Roots: Céu

Sep 8, 2016

The Brazilian artist Céu started off studying classical music before discovering the beauty of Brazilian guitar music. Now, the singer from São Paulo has turned to electronics on her latest album, Tropix, whose title hints at her intent to blend tropical music with synths and loops. São Paulo is a vibrant musical center, and Céu discusses the opportunities that living there has given her in this interview.

The Head And The Heart On World Cafe

Sep 7, 2016

The Seattle band The Head and the Heart had major success with its second album, Let's Be Still, which came out on Sub Pop in 2013. Its folk-pop sound, superior harmonies and fine writing struck a chord with audiences and sent the band on the road for over a year.

Frankie Lee On World Cafe

Sep 6, 2016

Minneapolis country-folk singer Frankie Lee's debut album, American Dreamer, came out in the U.K. last year and was just released here in the U.S. His father, also a musician, died when Lee was 12. Lee inherited his dad's albums, some of his instruments and his friends, who guided the young singer in his love of music. He traveled to Austin, Nashville and Los Angeles and lived in each city for a while before returning to the Twin Cities, where he went back to his family's farming roots before delving deep into music.

World Cafe Next: LVL UP

Sep 5, 2016

The New York band LVL UP, whose four members met at SUNY Purchase, makes propulsive, experimental indie rock that sounds a little like Dinosaur Jr. with more pop melodies. The band is getting ready to release its third album, Return To Love, which comes out Sept. 23 on Sub Pop Records. LVL UP's two guitarists, Mike Caridi and Dave Benton, lead the way as the songs get louder and denser and turn unexpected corners. Hear two tracks at the audio link above.

Amos Lee On World Cafe

Sep 5, 2016

Singer-songwriter Amos Lee started singing at open mics in Philadelphia, and since then his career has grown onto ever-larger stages across the globe. Now, for the first time, Lee has produced one of his own albums. It's called Spirit, and it brings to the forefront the R&B qualities his fluid voice has always exhibited.

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