World Cafe

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

Violent Femmes On World Cafe

Aug 1, 2016

Violent Femmes' self-titled debut album spoke to hordes of teenagers and college kids when it came out in 1983. The record's acoustic-rock sound, lead singer and songwriter Gordon Gano's brash yet vulnerable teenage snark and his delightfully shocking language made it an album to embrace as if only a few knew about it. Four years after its release, Violent Femmes went gold without ever having appeared on the Billboard album charts — and after 10 years, it went platinum.

Moreland & Arbuckle On World Cafe

Jul 29, 2016

When harmonica ace Dustin Arbuckle met guitarist Aaron Moreland at an open mic in their hometown of Wichita, Kan., the two immediately decided that they'd better combine talents. That was in 2001, and they've been playing roadhouse blues together ever since.

Latin Roots: 'Quiero Creedence'

Jul 28, 2016

Like the recently released collection of Morrissey songs sung by Latin artists on the Mexrrissey compilation, Quiero Creedence explores another English-speaking artist beloved by Latin audiences. Josh Norek, co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative, explains that working-class Mexicans, among others, really embrace the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Bonnie Raitt On World Cafe

Jul 27, 2016

Right from the beginning, Bonnie Raitt has had an ear for great songs. Over the years. she's mined the work of John Prine, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Paul Brady and others. When she couldn't find the right songs, she'd write them herself, and she's sung them all with a soulful delivery.

Elizabeth Cook On World Cafe

Jul 26, 2016

Grand Ole Opry member and East Nashville singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook has dealt with many personal challenges, including deaths in her family and her own divorce, over the last few years. The upside is that those experiences provided the seeds for some new songs. Cook, who also hosts the satellite-radio show Apron Strings, has never shied away from writing about her family — whether it's her father, who ran moonshine before becoming a welder, or her sister, who's battled heroin addiction.

WXPN in Philadelphia is hosting its own music festival this weekend, and you can watch many of the acts live on VuHaus, public radio's new music discovery platform.

Sunday's Webcast Schedule

  • Eliza Jones - 12 p.m. ET
  • Chicano Batman - 12:30 p.m. ET
  • The Marcus King Band - 1 p.m. ET
  • Diane Coffee - 1:40 p.m. ET
  • The Districts - 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Oliver John Rodgers - 3:15 p.m. ET
  • Mavis Staples - 3:55 p.m. ET

WXPN in Philadelphia is hosting its own music festival this weekend, and you can watch many of the acts live on VuHaus, public radio's new music discovery platform.

Saturday's Webcast Schedule

  • Kississippi - 12 p.m. ET
  • Ben Arnold - 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Esme Patterson - 1:05 p.m. ET
  • The Revivalists - 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Darlingside - 2:35 p.m. ET
  • The Felice Brothers - 3:20 p.m. ET
  • The Record Company - 4:10 p.m. ET

John Doe of X was World Cafe's guest earlier this week, as he played live with a rock band that included original X drummer DJ Bonebrake. You can hear it again in the World Cafe archive. Doe also discussed the early days of the L.A. punk scene to which X belonged.

Esmé Patterson On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2016

Originally from Colorado and part of the same singer-songwriter scene that gave us Nathaniel Rateliff, Esmé Patterson was initially part of the folk band Paper Bird with her sister. Patterson has increasingly let loose her inner rocker on each new solo album — particularly on her third record, released this past June, titled We Were Wild.

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