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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.

Sheer Mag is a five-piece rock band from Philadelphia that sounds like it's headlining the EnormoDome, but comes from a busted-up building called the Nut House that's also home to slugs and roaches.

Beginning at noon ET on Sunday, July 30, you can watch Drive-By Truckers, Davy Knowles, The Record Company, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Adia Victoria and more perform live from day three of WXPN's 2017 XPoNential Music Festival.

Beginning at noon ET on Saturday, July 29, you can watch Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Strand Of Oaks, Rhiannon Giddens, The Suffers, Foxygen, Xenia Rubinos and more perform live form day two WXPN

Watch Angel Olsen And Offa Rex Perform Live

Jul 28, 2017

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to bring you Friday Night's live webcast of Angel Olsen & Offa Rex. We'll be back on Saturday with a live webcast from XPN Fest at 12pm ET.


Beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 28, you can watch Angel Olsen and Offa Rex (The Decemberists & Olivia Chaney) perform during the first night WXPN's XPoNential Music Festival.

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Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones shares wild, touching, and often shocking stories from his memoir Lonely Boy. From his working class childhood, to his downward spiral into heroin addiction, and the time he stole David Bowie’s gear, Jones talks about defining punk rock and surviving it, on an encore edition of the World Cafe.

ALA.NI On World Cafe

Jul 27, 2017

In this session, we are joined by ALA.NI, a British singer-songwriter whose debut album, You & I, is a remarkable update on the cabaret tradition.

The London-born, Paris-based performer was surprisingly candid during our World Cafe interview:

The XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru, offers an unparalleled experience for music discovery. With a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists (many of whom have recently performed World Cafe sessions), the XPoNential Music Festival has been pleasing audiences of all ages for more than a decade at the Camden Waterfront in Camden, N.J.

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Inspired by her great uncle, a Grenada-born cabaret star, Ala.Ni, has been singing since childhood. It shows on her new, acapella album, You & I.  She reflects on the secret love affair that inspired it and more, today on the World Cafe. https://www.vuhaus.com/embed/v2/videos/a594467e-c7a9-4d40-9528-c0a0a096a22e?autostart=false#

The country-music business is show business, whether the bright lights shine at the Grand Ole Opry or at a small dance hall on a lonely Western highway. Mark Wystrach, lead singer for Midland, learned the ropes of that business working at his parents' restaurant and dance hall, the Steak Out, in Sonoita, Ariz. Later he became an actor in Los Angeles, where he met Jess Carson, an Oregon farmer's son, and Cameron Duddy, a Hollywood kid whose love of music had led him to country, too.

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