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
3:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

Michael Doucet.
John Vettese XPN

On today's installment of World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., we speak with Michael Doucet, who plays Cajun, Creole, zydeco and other traditional music as a founding member and fiddler of Lafayette band BeauSoleil.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

World Cafe Next: Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:32 pm

This week, World Cafe takes its Sense Of Place series to Lafayette, La. Though the city is known for Cajun and zydeco music, we begin with a cheerful pop band, Royal Teeth. Fronted by Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, the group (though currently based in New Orleans) formed in Lafayette in 2010. Its first full-length album is titled Glow.

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World Cafe
12:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Foxygen On World Cafe

Sam France of Foxygen.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Foxygen re-creates the shambolic pop brilliance of '60s and '70s rock music with casual virtuosity. The homage is so spot-on, in fact, that vocalist Sam France's wild live performances and the band's more outré sonic explorations might just be par for the course.

Either way, France broke at least one mic stand during his performance for World Cafe; he says that happens most nights. Earlier this year, France and bandmate Jonathan Rado released their third album as Foxygen, the double-length ...And Star Power.

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World Cafe
12:17 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Honeyblood On World Cafe

Honeyblood.
Laura Coulson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:39 am

Honeyblood's debut EP, Thrift Shop, was recorded in a bathroom and it sounds like it. There, fuzz shaded and refracted the emotion in singer-songwriter and guitarist Stina Tweeddale's unwavering voice. The Glaswegian duo — now Tweeddale and Cat Myers, after the departure of original drummer Shona McVicar — demonstrates that its songs are just as effective in high fidelity on its self-titled full-length debut.

Hear live version of songs from that record on today's episode of World Cafe.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lia Ices On World Cafe

Lia Ices.
Jersey Walz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:04 pm

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World Cafe
1:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad.
Courtesy of the artist

The Twilight Sad, the Scottish trio of singer James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine, makes thick-accented rock that can be rousing, bleak or both. The group has as much in common with the moody post-punk group Interpol as it does with its fellow Scots in Frightened Rabbit.

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World Cafe
1:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Milky Chance On World Cafe

Milky Chance.
David Ulrich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 10:09 am

Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.

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World Cafe
4:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Hip-Hop

Ana Tijoux.
Inti Gajardo G. Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:01 am

Josh Norek, co-host of The Latin Alternative and co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, joins World Cafe today to explore Latin hip-hop.

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

King Tuff On World Cafe

King Tuff.
Brittany Salerno XPN

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:02 am

Since he was a kid in Vermont, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas has been drawn to the layered, retro-leaning, guitar-driven sounds of garage-based pop and classic rock. His new album, Black Moon Spell, is filled with catchy power pop and chiming layers of guitars. On today's episode of World Cafe, Thomas and his road band perform songs from the record in the studio.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

J Mascis On World Cafe

J Mascis.
Justin Lapriore Courtesy of the artist

Dinosaur Jr.'s early albums (You're Living All Over Me, Bug, Where You Been) established a specific sound: whirling, layered, blown-out. At the time, it was some of the loudest — and prettiest — stuff around.

Frontman J Mascis' solo career, alternatively, has seen the guitarist and singer apply his dense, intricate fretwork to a quieter sonic spectrum. Mascis plays songs from his new album, Tied To A Star, on the World Cafe Live stage on today's episode of World Cafe.

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