World Cafe

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

Sunflower Bean On World Cafe

Apr 6, 2016

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Apr 5, 2016

Originally from Maine, Ray LaMontagne began his career in 2004; his first album, Trouble, was a widely beloved success. Since then, LaMontagne has worked with an assortment of producers and bands, challenging them — and himself — to something different each time.

Watch Live: The Lumineers In Concert

Apr 5, 2016

Even if you don't know much else about Denver folk-rock band The Lumineers, you definitely know "Ho Hey." After the band released its self-titled debut in 2012, that stomp-along single became ubiquitous, and helped make The Lumineers an instant summer-festival mainstay.

World Cafe Next: Birds Of Chicago

Apr 4, 2016

This week's World Cafe: Next discovery is Birds Of Chicago, a group centered on the voices of Allison Russell and JT Nero. The band began in 2012 when Nero started writing songs for Russell, who'd previously been in the Canadian roots group Po'Girl.

Bob Moog, the electronic-music pioneer and inventor of the synthesizer that bears his name, loved Asheville, N.C., and lived there for years. That's why the Moog Foundation, run by his daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa, is located there. In this segment, Moog-Koussa discusses her father's relationship to the area and his history as an inventor. Check out the Spotify playlist on this page for more Moog-centric music.

Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith grew up with Appalachian music, having been carried by their artist parents to festivals and mountain-music gatherings around the Asheville, N.C., area. The banjo- and fiddle-playing sisters embraced that music in their own way and formed the band Rising Appalachia in 2005. Their latest album is last year's Wider Circles.

Ben Harper's work with his longtime backing band, The Innocent Criminals, dates back to 1993. Percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboard player Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward joined Harper in most of his musical endeavors until 2008, when the band went on hiatus. In 2015, The Innocent Criminals reunited for a run of shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco — and discovered that Harper had been working on a slew of material for a new record.

Sense Of Place Asheville: The Honeycutters

Mar 31, 2016

The Honeycutters, a long-running Americana band from Asheville, N.C., is coming into its own with a new album, On The Ropes. The group is centered on the voice and songs of Amanda Anne Platt, who has a way with a heartbreak tune.