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
1:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra with interloping World Cafe host David Dye (ensousaphoned, right).
Rich McKie WXPN

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

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World Cafe
3:58 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Liz Longley On World Cafe

Liz Longley.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The latest installment in World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series features singer-songwriter Liz Longley. Now based in Nashville, she got her start in the Philly suburbs.

Longley played in local clubs before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Her musical travels led her to Nashville, where she used a Kickstarter campaign to make the album she always wanted.

World Cafe
11:18 am
Thu May 21, 2015

The Golden Age Of Philly Soul On World Cafe

Gamble & Huff and Thom Bell.
Courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia is experiencing an exciting wave of young rock acts, but it's almost certainly never going to top the impact of Philadelphia International Records and the work of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970s.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Dr Dog.
Cameron Pollack WXPN

World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Philadelphia series had to include Dr. Dog. The band formed in 2001 in West Philadelphia, built around the writing skills of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.

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World Cafe
3:59 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Hop Along On World Cafe

Hop Along.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:46 am

The Philadelphia band Hop Along started out with a folk sound back in 2004, when singer-songwriter Frances Quinlan began recording during her senior year of high school. Hop Along took on more of a rock edge in 2008 with the addition of her brother on drums; the group later added bassist Tyler Long and guitarist Joe Reinhardt.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

The Districts On World Cafe

The Districts.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 3:56 pm

Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus and Braden Lawrence formed The Districts in 2009, while they were still in high school; they released their debut album in 2012 and moved from Lititz, Penn., to Philly shortly thereafter.

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World Cafe
4:58 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

World Cafe Next: Cayetana

Cayetana.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

The three women who form Cayetana — Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch — made a thrilling debut last year with Nervous Like Me. They're a big part of why Philly's homegrown rock scene has gotten so much attention lately.

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World Cafe
4:19 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Waxahatchee On World Cafe

Waxahatchee.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 10:05 am

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World Cafe
3:22 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids On World Cafe

The Milk Carton Kids.
Rocco Peditto Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:50 am

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World Cafe
4:22 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Sleater-Kinney On World Cafe

Sleater-Kinney.
Brigitte Sire Courtesy of the artist

Sleater-Kinney's triumphant 2015 began with the January release of No Cities To Love, the newly reunited band's first album since 2005's The Woods. On this episode of World Cafe, we'll hear excepts from a recent Sleater-Kinney concert in Paris and sit down with Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss to discuss their remarkable careers.

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