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
1:04 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie On World Cafe

Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Cameron Pollack/WXPN

At 74, Buffy Sainte-Marie still has the passion of her youth on her new album Power In The Blood. The Cree songwriter wrote hits like "Universal Soldier" and "Until It's Time For You To Go" in the 1960s, but that was before she was blacklisted from American radio in the 1970s. Sainte-Marie also won a Grammy and an Oscar for her part in writing "Up Where We Belong," recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the 1982 film An Officer And A Gentleman.

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World Cafe
12:52 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

James Taylor On World Cafe

James Taylor.
Courtesy of the artist

James Taylor put out his first album on Apple Records in 1968. He wrote wistfully about halcyon days in North Carolina, but he also addressed darker subjects like a mental hospital and heroin addiction. Those songs, and the ones on the eponymous 1970 album that followed, solidified a generational love affair with Taylor's music.

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World Cafe
3:45 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Heartless Bastards On World Cafe

Heartless Bastards.
Cameron Pollack/WXPN

Singer-guitarist Erika Wennerstrom performs with elegance and power, and she's been doing so with Heartless Bastards for a good long time now. The band recently performed songs from its new album Restless Ones live on stage at Philadelphia's Non-COMMvention. Wennerstrom says she and the band got to take their time with the new album — enough time to let happy accidents happen along the way.

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World Cafe
4:16 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Best Coast On World Cafe

Best Coast.
Joe del Tufo

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 4:46 pm

Best Coast just returned with a new album called California Nights, which expands on the band's soaring beach-rock sound. In fact, expansion seems to be the point of California Nights: Members Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno allow themselves to head into uncharted areas, both sonically and lyrically.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

World Cafe Next: Summer Fiction

Summer Fiction.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe first got to know Bill Ricchini in Philadelphia, where he produced his first record as Summer Fiction, then didn't hear from him for a while. Four years later, he calls Brooklyn home and has a new Summer Fiction album out called Himalaya. Ricchini traveled to a small U.K. studio to record his latest batch of guitar-driven pop with producer Brian Christinzio (BC Camplight).

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World Cafe
3:40 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

San Fermin On World Cafe

San Fermin
Rich McKie WXPN

San Fermin's new second album is Jackrabbit, and you can hear in this World Cafe session how things have changed for the band since its debut. The group's self-titled debut was entirely written and arranged by Ellis Ludwig-Leone — for him, the band had grown out of a post-Yale composition project.

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World Cafe
11:46 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear On World Cafe

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.
Jeremy Zimmerman WXPN

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 3:55 pm

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World Cafe
11:04 am
Wed June 10, 2015

The Helio Sequence On World Cafe

The Helio Sequence.
William Anthony Courtesy of the artist.

World Cafe welcomes back Oregon duo The Helio Sequence, featuring Brandon Summers on vocals and guitars and Benjamin Weikel on drums and keyboards. They recently released their self-titled sixth album, which contains some of their most refined pop music yet.

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World Cafe
3:28 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

World Cafe Next: Meg Mac

Meg Mac.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next pick is Sydney's Meg Mac, who was named Triple J radio's Unearthed Artist Of 2014. While Mac's big voice is a major part of the attraction, it's her intense live connection that brings her gospel-tinged soul music home. In this segment, you can hear two songs from the MEGMAC EP — and download World Cafe: Next podcasts at worldcafe.tumblr.com.

World Cafe
3:11 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

My Morning Jacket On World Cafe

My Morning Jacket.
Courtesy of the artist.

For My Morning Jacket, the place in which music is recorded makes a difference in the experience — and the outcome. The band's new album The Waterfall was recorded near Stinson Beach in Northern California, and singer Jim James describes the beautiful vista outside the studio's giant window in this World Cafe interview. James says that waterfalls specifically inspired him, and that he often thinks about being able to stop one with his mind.

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