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
4:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Relatives On World Cafe

The Relatives.
Sam Butler Courtesy of the artist

Founded by brothers Rev. Gean West and Tommie West, The Relatives first surfaced in the 1970s with the single "Walking On." With its rhythmic fusion of traditional gospel and psychedelic funk, the quintet became known for its energetic live performances. However, the group disbanded in 1980, disappearing from the music world without so much as a full studio album to its name — until now.

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World Cafe
2:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Richard Thompson On World Cafe

Richard Thompson.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 5:08 pm

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17.

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World Cafe
3:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Next: Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner.
Nick Helderman Courtesy of the artist

Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner's debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities, offers a fresh take on the baroque pop sound of the 1960s.

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World Cafe
3:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Beach House On World Cafe

Beach House.
Liz Flyntz Courtesy of the artist

Sitting down with Beach House is a bit like listening to the band's music. No matter how many times we feature Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, they impress with their relaxed complexity and refreshing insight into how music can work.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Ellie Goulding On World Cafe

Ellie Goulding.
Rachel Del Sordo WXPN

In 2010, Lights made Ellie Goulding a star. The British singer-songwriter's debut topped the U.K. albums chart that year, and became a stateside hit over the course of the next 18 months. Goulding has performed at the White House, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Nobel Peace Prize concert.

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World Cafe
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Latin Roots: Merengue

Merengue musician Wilfrido Vargas.
Courtesy of the artist

In this segment of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Grammy-winning Latin music producer Aaron Levinson and host David Dye ourney through the world of merengue music, starting with its roots in the Dominican Republic.

Largely influenced by the dictator Rafael Trujillo to celebrate his political agenda, merengue is a form of fast-paced, rhythmic music. Utilizing diatonic accordions, tamboras and the güira, traditional merengue bands have induced listeners around the world to move with the sounds of the tropical beat.

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World Cafe
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Camper Van Beethoven On World Cafe

Camper Van Beethoven.
Jason Thrasher Courtesy of the artist

After a nine-year hiatus, the venerable rock band Camper Van Beethoven has returned with its eighth studio album, La Costa Perdida. Thematically, the record revolves around midlife nostalgia and the group's California roots.

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World Cafe
2:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Erin McKeown On World Cafe

Erin McKeown.
Merri Cyr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 9:28 pm

Erin McKeown's new album, Manifestra, is a self-released, fan-funded vehicle for some of her personal and political folk-rock songs. She collaborated with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for "Baghdad to the Bayou" — Maddow wrote the words, which McKeown then fashioned into a song — while "In God We Trust," "The Politician" and "The Jailer" find the singer speaking out about the death penalty, foreign policy and income inequality.

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World Cafe
4:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Sera Cahoone On World Cafe

Sera Cahoone.
Hilary Harris Courtesy of the artist

When she was 21, Sera Cahoone moved from Denver to Seattle to support artists like Carissa's Wierd, Band of Horses and Patrick Park. By 2006, she was focusing on her own solo work and releasing her self-titled debut album.

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World Cafe
12:43 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Foxygen On World Cafe

Foxygen.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:22 am

Inspired by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Clash, among others, Foxygen's Sam France and Jonathan Rado channel their love of classic rock and psychedelia into a layered sound with sweetly airy vocals.

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