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
4:52 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

World Cafe Guest DJ: Florence Welch

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, whose new album is titled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
Courtesy of the artist

Florence Welch, the charismatic lead singer of Florence + The Machine, joins World Cafe today as guest DJ. The band's new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, comes out Tuesday.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

World Cafe Next: The Deslondes

The Deslondes.
Elena Ricci Courtesy of the artist

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is a roots band we happened upon during the first weekend at Jazz Fest in their hometown, New Orleans. The Deslondes, named after a local street, grew out of an earlier incarnation of Hurray for the Riff Raff and still sometimes tour with that band's Alynda Lee Segarra, a fellow New Orleanian.

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World Cafe
1:30 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Dawes On World Cafe

Dawes.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:00 pm

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World Cafe
4:02 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Latin Roots: Philly Edition

El Caribefunk splits its time between Colombia and Philadelphia.
German Gomez Polo Courtesy of the artist

"Latin Roots" meets our "Sense of Place: Philly" series as Philadelphia-based reporter Aaron Levinson plays some local Latin music. First up is the "political and funky" El Malito & the 33rd Century, followed by El Caribefunk, a band that splits its time between Philadelphia and Colombia. We also salute Pupi Legarreta, an important figure in Afro-Cuban music who emigrated to the U.S.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Beloved by both Garrison Keillor and Jack White, Pokey LaFarge describes his own music — a mix of old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century — as timeless rather than retro.

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World Cafe
12:42 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Kopecky On World Cafe

Kopecky Family Band.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:05 pm

Founded in 2007 by Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon, The Kopecky Family Band — which recently shortened its name to Kopecky — is known for big, brash folk-pop that's uplifting in its sweep. The group didn't release its debut album, Kids Raising Kids, until 2012, after years spent honing its crisp, polished sound.

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World Cafe
2:29 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Lee Ann Womack On World Cafe

Lee Ann Womack.
Scarpati Courtesy of the artist

A flat-out great singer, Lee Ann Womack made her first album in 1997 — and three years later experienced a career-making crossover hit. "I Hope You Dance," which won a Grammy for Best Country Song, still gets played at huge moments like weddings and christenings.

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World Cafe
2:11 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

World Cafe Next: Abram Shook

Abram Shook.
Courtney Chavanell Courtesy of the artist

This week's installment of World Cafe: Next is from Austin singer-songwriter Abram Shook, who's been part of the Shearwater touring band in recent years. In that time, he's also released two wonderfully arranged and artful albums of his own: Sun Marquee and the new Landscape Dream. You can hear and download two of his new songs on this page.

World Cafe
1:59 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Mumford & Sons On World Cafe

Mumford & Sons.
Courtesy of the artist

One of the best-selling rock bands in recent years, Mumford & Sons is coming off a smashing success with 2012's Babel, which sold a million copies and won Album Of The Year at the Grammys.

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World Cafe
4:14 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Sugar Tongue Slim On World Cafe

Sugar Tongue Slim.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:41 pm

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series is a perfect opportunity to feature the work of local rapper Sugar Tongue Slim, or S.T.S. He's just released S.T.S. X RJD2, a collaboration with the Philly DJ; it's a high point for both artists.

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