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
3:43 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Warren Haynes On World Cafe

Warren Haynes.
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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."
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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.

World Cafe
3:07 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Aero Flynn On World Cafe

Aero Flynn.
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The Eaux Claires music festival — a celebration of the musical community surrounding the Eau Claire, Wis., area — begins Friday, and the World Cafe studios are filled with musicians who call the city home.

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World Cafe
3:03 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Boots On World Cafe

Boots.
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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 4:07 pm

Jordy Asher, who goes by the name Boots, knows what it's like to work with high-profile artists: He's produced and written for musicians like FKA twigs and Run The Jewels. He didn't come into his own prominence, though, until his name was listed with many tracks on Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album.

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World Cafe
3:47 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

John Moreland On World Cafe

John Moreland.
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After starting out in the punk scene, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland decided it was best to start writing about himself. That attitude, and a new Americana sound, helped lend depth and honesty to his new album, High On Tulsa Heat. Moreland's World Cafe session is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful in a while — check out the audio link on this page for more.

World Cafe
4:05 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

World Cafe Next: Oscar

Oscar.
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Oscar Scheller is a North London-based purveyor of electronic grooves, creating music in his bedroom that he calls "gangsta melancholy." The resulting sounds, though, are much grander than the space in which they're created. When his work goes out into the world, he drops the last name and records as Oscar.

So far, Oscar has released an EP of songs carried by his rich voice, called Beautiful Words. You can hear and download two of its songs on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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World Cafe
3:40 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Meg Mac On World Cafe

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Melbourne-based pop singer Meg Mac got her start when her song won an unsigned-artists contest in Triple J Radio's Unearthed competition, which was a big enough deal to jump-start things in Australia. Now, Mac has made her way to the U.S. with a new EP and a cool, powerful performance style.

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World Cafe
4:14 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Lowland Hum On World Cafe

Lowland Hum.
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Lowland Hum's Lauren Plank Groans and Daniel Levi Groans are a married couple from Greensboro, N.C. After they got married, they released their debut album Native Air in 2013, and put out a self-titled follow-up this year.

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Wolf Alice On World Cafe

Wolf Alice.
Jenn Five Courtesy of the artist

The North London rock band Wolf Alice, which took its name from an Angela Carter short story, has spent recent the last few years creating serious buzz in the U.K. and beyond. Wolf Alice's new full-length album is titled My Love Is Cool.

Wolf Alice has been labeled many things — post-grunge, alternative rock and so on — but its members call their own sound "distorted pop music," and that works just fine. Here the band plays a live studio set for World Cafe.

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World Cafe
5:02 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Small Feet

Small Feet.
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World Cafe is traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of July as part of its Sense Of Place series. Consider this episode a little preview, as this week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Swedish band Small Feet.

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