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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.

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.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

Folk band Hiss Golden Messenger has returned with Heart Like a Levee, a follow-up to their 2014 album Lateness of Dancers, a road album for someone who wants to get back home.


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."

Hi, World Cafe fans! I just moved to the U.S. from Toronto, Canada, to become World Cafe's new contributing host and producer. Yes, I'm from Drake's hometown. And yes, that's the most frequently asked question since I've been here. But if your musical knowledge north of the 49th parallel doesn't extend past Drizzy and The Six, you're in luck. I brought a pile of musical gifts across the border with me.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium On World Cafe

Oct 11, 2016

The Claypool Lennon Delirium is a new psychedelic collaboration that features the minds and musical expertise of Les Claypool, renowned for his work with Primus, and Sean Lennon, who's played with bands like The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and is also the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

World Cafe Next: Henry Jamison

Oct 10, 2016

Henry Jamison is a New Englander who is about to release his first EP, The Rains. There are a slew of singer-songwriters out there, all trying to turn their words into emotions that resonate. The Rains is not Jamison's first stab at this — he's previously worked with a band and with another producer — but when he finally went on his own, using his ancient Korg 8-track, the songs just worked. Jamison's descriptions of places ring true and his subtle production touches stand out. Hear two songs from the EP in the player above.

Lori McKenna On World Cafe

Oct 10, 2016

Talking with songwriter Lori McKenna is a little like talking to the other parents at back-to-school night. She may be an award-winning Nashville songwriter with multiple No. 1 hits to her name, but she lives a down-to earth lifestyle raising her five kids in Stoughton, Mass., far from Music Row. Perhaps it's that normal life that helps keep her songs grounded and relatable.