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
11:35 am
Tue March 31, 2015

The Church On World Cafe

The Church.
Malcom Viles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:21 am

The Australian band The Church, best known in the U.S. for its 1988 hit "Under The Milky Way," has a new album (titled Further/Deeper) and a new guitarist, with Ian Haug replacing founding member Marty Willson-Piper. In this episode of World Cafe, singer, bassist and songwriter Steve Kilby presides over a set of new and old songs.

World Cafe
12:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

World Cafe Next: BKO Quintet

BKO Quintet.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 1:51 pm

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, BKO Quintet, is from the North African nation of Mali. Its album Bamako Today modernizes traditional Malian tunes and originals.

The band calls its music "Trad Actual Malian Sound." But, as you'll hear, it's also got a contemporary feel. In this segment, you can hear and download a couple of songs, including one in which BKO Quintet is joined by vocalist Piers Faccini singing in English.

World Cafe
12:13 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Houndmouth.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The rootsy Louisville rock band Houndmouth just released its second album, Little Neon Limelight. Like 2013's From The Hills Below The City, it pairs smart songwriting with huge sing-along choruses that prove hard to resist.

At times, Houndmouth's interplay recalls the perfectly ramshackle sound of The Band. In this session, its members perform a live set in front of an adoring crowd at World Cafe Live.

World Cafe
2:29 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

World Cafe Presents: Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile performs live on the World Cafe.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Brandi Carlile has a deserved reputation for a dynamic voice that she has really learned to work over the years. But it's always in service to the song. Case in point: this version of the new song "The Eye." It's a beautiful, subdued World Cafe performance with The Twins, Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

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World Cafe
1:08 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

Brandi Carlile.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 9:25 am

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

Courtney Barnett.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:22 am

When Courtney Barnett combined her previously released Australian EPs into A Sea of Split Peas in 2013 and put them out in the U.S., we fell in love. She's an amazing writer, with wordplay that manages to capture the stream of consciousness of the everyday without becoming overly clever.

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World Cafe
2:36 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

JD McPherson On World Cafe

JD Mcpherson.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

To hear JD McPherson say it, he heard Little Richard and there was no turning back. That pioneering hero and the music of Buddy Holly form the basis of the sound of the records McPherson has gone on to make. His song "North Side Gal" caught a lot of attention for his first album, which was made in a bit of a vacuum with nobody having many expectations.

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World Cafe
12:14 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

World Cafe Next: The Bright Light Social Hour

Bright Light Social Hour
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

Meet The Bright Light Social Hour, an Austin, Texas band that's just released its second album, Space Is Still the Place. The album is a thoughtful examination of what they call the "Future South," informed by a three-year stint of touring following the 2010 release of their self-titled debut.

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World Cafe
11:56 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Asleep At The Wheel On World Cafe

Asleep at the Wheel.
Wyatt McSpadden Courtesy of the artist

Asleep at the Wheel has been together for 45 years. They're the best-known and hardest-working western swing band around. Western swing is a genre of music that developed in Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930's combining country songs with jazz players and arrangements. It was primarily dance music and its king was Bob Wills.

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World Cafe
5:12 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Vintage Cafe: Steve Winwood

Steven Winwood.
Courtesy of the artist

Today's Vintage Cafe looks back to 2003, around the time Steve Winwood made a return to rock with the album About Time. He'd had a string of massive, synth-driven pop hits in the '80s ("Higher Love," et al), but clearly felt more comfortable revisiting his roots in bands like Traffic, Blind Faith and the Spencer Davis Group.

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