World Cafe

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

Lera Lynn On World Cafe

Sep 16, 2015

The annual Americana Music Festival is taking place in Nashville this week, with an awards ceremony this evening and big concerts and showcases to follow all week long.

One of the people performing is Lera Lynn, World Cafe's guest today. She developed an instant audience through her performances on this season of HBO's True Detective — many discovered her singing in the background in the dive bar The Black Rose while the action took place.

The Silver Lake Chorus On World Cafe

Sep 15, 2015

It's safe to say The Silver Lake Chorus probably sings cooler songs than your high-school chorus did. Silver Lake, Calif., the chorus' home, is a popular spot among musicians.

World Cafe Next: Phil Cook

Sep 14, 2015

Most often found as a bandmate or a collaborator, Phil Cook is rarely out front. His best-known project, Megafaun, formed when he and other members of the legendary Eau Claire, Wisc., band DeYarmond Edison relocated to North Carolina. Cook has found many like-minded musicians there — for example, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, with whom he's collaborated extensively.

Beirut On World Cafe

Sep 11, 2015

From the beginning, the work of Zach Condon and Beirut has been put together in a startlingly inventive style. Condon loves Balkan brass, so he made it part of his music, learning to play the instruments in order to produce the sound he'd heard in his head.

Ben Folds On World Cafe

Sep 10, 2015

Ben Folds has worn many musical hats, including pop-rock pianist and a cappella patron. On his new album, So There, he sets out in yet another direction by pairing a piano concerto he recorded with the Nashville Symphony and a batch of songs he wrote in collaboration with New York chamber ensemble yMusic. It's not classical and it certainly isn't rock — call it baroque pop.

Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2015

On one level, Low Cut Connie seems far removed from folk music. There wasn't an acoustic guitar in sight during the band's Philadelphia Folk Festival performance. But its straight-ahead rock 'n' roll sound, propelled by Adam Weiner's piano, certainly puts it next in line of a tradition of classic bar bands.

Tall Heights On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2015

Tall Heights makes its World Cafe debut with a set recorded live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Tim Harrington (guitar and vocals) and Paul Wright (cello and vocals) started out playing as a duo on Boston streets, where they entranced passerby with their gorgeous harmonies and the unique interplay of cello and guitar. Even though Tall Heights is now a quartet, the intimacy remains.

Hear the band perform two songs from its forthcoming EP, Holding On, Holding Out, due in October.

Lindi Ortega On World Cafe

Sep 9, 2015

Going into Lindi Ortega's performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, we already knew that the Toronto country singer's new album, Faded Gloryville, was full of great songwriting. What we weren't prepared for? How tight and roadworthy her band is. Listen to this fantastic performance of some of Ortega's best yet, recorded live under the stars for World Cafe.

World Cafe Next: John Mark Nelson

Sep 8, 2015

John Mark Nelson is just 21, but he's already figured out how to make a cohesive album in I'm Not Afraid, on which he sings with easy confidence. On this week's episode of World Cafe: Next, you can hear two songs from the Twin Cities singer-songwriter — and download them as part of the World Cafe: Next podcast, available at the show's Tumblr.

Galactic On World Cafe

Sep 8, 2015

There can't help but be a New Orleans vibe in the World Cafe house when Galactic joins the show live. Almost 20 years into its career, the New Orleans funk band returns in support of its 11th album, Into The Deep.