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
11:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Lady Lamb On World Cafe

Lady Lamb.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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World Cafe
3:48 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Twin Shadow On World Cafe

Twin Shadow.
Milan Zrnic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:21 pm

Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Florida, releasing his first album in 2010; his third, Eclipse, came out in March.

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World Cafe
3:50 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

John Moreland.
Kris Payne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:22 pm

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

World Cafe
3:41 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The London Souls On World Cafe

The London Souls.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:22 pm

The London Souls' members aren't from London; instead, they form a drum-and-guitar duo based in Brooklyn, where they carve their music out of the best of '60s psychedelic rock and soul.

Tash Neal (guitar) and Chris St. Hilaire (drums) have extraordinary communication live. On record, their music sounds like an undiscovered gem of British psychedelic rock or a lost Cream song.

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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The McCrary Sisters On World Cafe

The McCrary Sisters.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 2:26 pm

Our guests today, the Nashville based gospel group The McCrary Sisters, have a new album produced by Buddy Miller called Let's Go. It's their third. They released their debut in 2011.

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World Cafe
11:22 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band On World Cafe

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Jim White, the Southern-born filmmaker turned singer-songwriter turned novelist, has a new album — or at least half of one. Jim now lives in Athens, Ga., where he's become friends with a longtime local bluegrass group, The Packway Handle Band. When they asked him to produce their album, he said yes, but only if he could join the band and have them do some of his tunes. That's where the name of this project, Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band, comes from.

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World Cafe
3:51 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Dom La Nena On World Cafe

Dom La Nena.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:29 am

Dom La Nena is our guest today. She is a cello-playing singer-songwriter with a wonderfully soft, melodic style and a beautiful new record called Soyo. Born Dominique Pinto, she is originally from Brazil and traveled at an early age with her father to Paris, where she studied classical cello. She acquired her diminutive nickname as the youngest in her school.

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Donny Osmond On World Cafe

Donny Osmond.
Courtesy of the artist

If you're surprised that our World Cafe guest today is Donny Osmond, we can understand. After doing a little research, we decided that this former teen idol, television perennial and middle American mainstay might have some stories to tell.

The numbers say a lot: 100 million albums sold, 33 gold records, including 18 before he was 13 years old.

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World Cafe
12:17 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

World Cafe Next: Monophonics

Monophonics.
Courtesy of the artist

There is a quote on the website of our World Cafe: Next band this week, Monophonics. It's from Al Bell, the legendary one-time head of Stax Records: "One of the best live soul bands I have ever seen!"

Actually, Al only got it half right. There are many more sides to the Monophonics. They are a psychedelic soul band from the San Francisco Bay Area that draws on many genres from the '60s and '70s, including psychedelic rock.

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World Cafe
3:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Latin Roots: Essential Cumbia

Colombian singer Totó La Momposina.
Courtesy of the artist

Of all the styles of Latin music we've been exploring on our Latin Roots Essential series, there are few that are more essential than cumbia. Catalina Maria Johnson from Chicago's Beat Latino is up to the task of exploring this wide-ranging genre. She brings some great musical picks — and she made this extended Spotify playlist for your further enjoyment.

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