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
4:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Aloe Blacc On World Cafe

Aloe Blacc.
Ryan Calavano Courtesy of the artist

Aloe Blacc has been on a roll. It all started in 2010, when his album Good Things spawned "I Need A Dollar," the theme song to the HBO TV series How to Make It in America. That track would go on to become a major hit in Europe.

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World Cafe
1:54 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ought On World Cafe

Victoria Davis Courtesy of the artist

It's always helpful to understand an artist's background when making sense of its creations, especially when it comes to a group like Ought. The band and its debut album, More Than Any Other Day, were shaped significantly by events that occurred in its hometown of Montreal.

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World Cafe
1:41 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

Jonathan Wilson.
John Vettese Courtesy of the artist

Jonathan Wilson may be from North Carolina, but his sound and aesthetic are 100 percent L.A. Upon his arrival in that city, Wilson's focal point quickly became Laurel Canyon, where he worked to organize regular jam sessions. These gatherings brought together like-minded musicians who revere the California folk-rock sounds of the 1970s.

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Live from World Cafe Live
4:53 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

SOJA Live from World Cafe Live 08/15 @Noon


Join us Friday at Noon for Live from World Cafe Live as Soja performs a live midday concert. Seasoned 

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lydia Loveless On World Cafe

Lydia Loveless.
Patrick Crawford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:57 pm

Lydia Loveless released her third album, Somewhere Else, early this year. The 23-year-old released her first album when she was 19, though it was filled with songs she'd written early in her teenage years. By any measure, that's a lot of music in a short amount of time.

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World Cafe
4:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

World Cafe Next: Bernhoft

Fred Jonny Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Bernhoft

Our World Cafe: Next artist for this week is Norwegian singer-songwriter Bernhoft, who just released a new album of retro soul titled Islander. In contrast to his live, carefully built solo performances, the album was made much more loosely.

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Station News
11:04 am
Sat August 9, 2014

World Cafe, August 11-15


Nice variety of guests on the Cafe this week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Travel back in time to the 2011 release of James Blake’s self-titled debut album on this edition of Vintage Cafe.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Somewhere Else is the third studio album from alt-country musician, Lydia Loveless.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter and producer, Jonathan Wilson, has released his second solo album, Fanfare.

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World Cafe
12:28 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

tUnE-yArDs On World Cafe

Holly Andres Courtesy of the artist

One of the most inventive and imaginative artists working today, tUnE-yArDs began as a solo project for singer and multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus.

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World Cafe
5:08 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Latin Roots: 'Uncommon Common Ground'

Bio Ritmo.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's Latin Roots series continues with an unusual segment from Catalina Maria Johnson, who explores what she calls "uncommon common ground" — specifically, bands that consciously create hybrids from outside the boundaries of common Latin genres.

The new and exciting examples discussed here include the unexpected combination of Mexican and Indian music with a sitar player, as well as an American band that fuses jazz with salsa.

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World Cafe
4:42 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Sonny Knight & The Lakers On World Cafe

Sonny Knight & The Lakers.
Mike Madison Courtesy of the artist

Sonny Knight's new album with his band The Lakers is titled I'm Still Here, and "Here" has multiple meanings for Knight. It's Minneapolis, where he grew up and first started singing. "Here" also represents the soul music that he first started performing in his teens before life took him in different directions.

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