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
12:58 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Wolf Alice On World Cafe

Wolf Alice.
Jenn Five Courtesy of the artist

The North London rock band Wolf Alice, which took its name from an Angela Carter short story, has spent recent the last few years creating serious buzz in the U.K. and beyond. Wolf Alice's new full-length album is titled My Love Is Cool.

Wolf Alice has been labeled many things — post-grunge, alternative rock and so on — but its members call their own sound "distorted pop music," and that works just fine. Here the band plays a live studio set for World Cafe.

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World Cafe
5:02 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Small Feet

Small Feet.
Courtesy of the artist.

World Cafe is traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of July as part of its Sense Of Place series. Consider this episode a little preview, as this week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Swedish band Small Feet.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Saun & Starr On World Cafe

Saun & Starr.
Joe Del Tufo WXPN

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:38 pm

You may have heard Saun & Starr singing live with The Dap-Kings. Now, these two seasoned former backup singers are taking center stage.

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World Cafe
4:29 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Sam Outlaw On World Cafe

Sam Outlaw.
Matt Wignall Courtesy of the artist

Unlikely though it may seem, "Outlaw" is Sam Outlaw's mother's maiden name. As it happens, the L.A. country singer, whose debut album is appropriately called Angeleno, has an improbable story to go with that name.

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World Cafe
3:19 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

On World Cafe, A Look At The Grateful Dead's Legacy

David Browne's new book.
Courtesy of the author.

The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour concerts in California have wrapped up, and this weekend, the band moves on to Chicago for its final three shows. From its beginnings in San Francisco, and certainly since the 1970s, the Dead has inspired fans to join it — following the group became a lifestyle.

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World Cafe
2:49 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

DMA's On World Cafe

DMA's.
Courtesy of the artist.

The Australian trio DMA's experienced radio success with the first three singles its members released. On the heels of sold-out tours in Australia and a journey across the U.S., DMA's just released a self-titled EP, with a full-length debut due out next year. The band performs some of its new songs in this World Cafe session, including the hit "Delete."

World Cafe
2:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Richard Thompson On World Cafe

Richard Thompson.
Megan Lynch XPN

Richard Thompson has appeared on World Cafe many times before, beginning with Rumour And Sigh in 1991, and now he has a new album called Still. While in his teens, Thompson joined Fairport Convention, dubbed the "British Byrds" for its combination of traditional and original music. His solo career, consisting of more than 25 albums (some with then-wife Linda Thompson), began shortly thereafter.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

World Cafe Next: Boxed In

Boxed In.
Daniel Harris Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is British keyboardist, producer and vocalist Oli Bayston, who records smart, indie-rock-influenced house music with Boxed In. Hear a few songs on this episode, and head over to the World Cafe Tumblr for more.

World Cafe
3:06 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

James McMurtry On World Cafe

James McMurtry.
Jeremy Zimmerman / WXPN

James McMurtry writes wonderfully detailed narrative songs, making his characters come alive with humor and poignancy. He remains an exquisite guitarist, whether he's playing electric or 12-string acoustic, as he is in this World Cafe session. Earlier this year, McMurtry released Complicated Game, his first new studio album in six years.

World Cafe
1:10 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Latin Roots: Women In Salsa

Celia Cruz.
Courtesy of the artist

For this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, producer Aaron Levinson joins the show to discuss women in salsa. As he readily acknowledges, women have had a tough time in the genre's male-dominated world, Celia Cruz being the exception — she's arguably the most beloved figure in salsa, regardless of gender. He discusses other artists, too, including an all-female salsa band that started in the 1930s.

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