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
1:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Harvey Kubernik On World Cafe

David Dye and Harvey Kubernik.
Rich McKie WXPN

We get the history of the bohemian area of Hollywood known as Laurel Canyon from historian and author Harvey Kubernik. His book Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon describes the musically fertile area that has provided escape for Angelenos since the 1920's.

World Cafe
3:28 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Jackson Browne On World Cafe

Jackson Browne.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Jackson Browne is World Cafe's guest for the full hour today. The singer-songwriter and social activist has long resided at the heart of Los Angeles' famed Laurel Canyon sound.

A star for more than 40 years, Browne recently released a new album called Standing In The Breach. In this episode, he performs with his full band at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and discusses his early days.

World Cafe
4:57 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

World Cafe Next: Dorothy

Dorothy.
Courtesy of the artist

All this week, World Cafe is taking a look at Los Angeles as part of its Sense Of Place series. For World Cafe: Next, Kevin Bronson of the website Buzzbands.la calls attention to the band Dorothy, which he describes as "old-school rock without the clichés." Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

World Cafe
4:45 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Father John Misty On World Cafe

Father John Misty.
Ricco Peditto WXPN

Back in 2012, it was an important year for Josh Tillman. That was the year he unleashed his Father John Misty persona on the world, with his debut album Fear Fun. It was also the year he met and fell in love with a photographer and filmmaker; their relationship became the inspiration for the songs on his new album, I Love You, Honeybear.

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World Cafe
3:21 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Cookies On World Cafe

Cookies.
Emily Keegin Courtesy of the artist

Before forming Cookies, Ben Sterling led Mobius Band, a group he formed in college. As that band faded, Sterling took the opportunity to figure out how his music should sound. On Cookies' debut album, Music For Touching, it sounds like bright, breezy electro-pop with high production values — a challenge, given that he records much of it himself. Here, Sterling performs with drummer Cinque Kemp, bassist Aakaash Israni and singer Ashley Giorgi.

World Cafe
4:09 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Angaleena Presley On World Cafe

Angaleena Presley.
Courtesy of the artist

A member of the best-selling trio Pistol Annies — alongside Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert — Angaleena Presley knows what it was like to grow up a coal miner's daughter in Beauty, Ky. Those experiences helped inform the stories she tells on her solo debut, American Middle Class, which came out last year. On this episode of World Cafe, she discusses the album and sings a few of its songs.

World Cafe
4:22 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Owen Pallett On World Cafe

Owen Pallett.
Peter Juhl Courtesy of the artist

Owen Pallett made wonderful, genre-defying music under the name Final Fantasy, then began recording albums like last year's In Conflict under his own name. He sings, composes and arranges songs marked by elaborately looped sounds, particularly violin lines.

Pallett has toured extensively with Arcade Fire, on whose albums he's contributed dating back to Funeral. In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the score to the film Her. This appearance on World Cafe features songs from In Conflict.

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World Cafe
3:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

The Lone Bellow.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The Lone Bellow joins World Cafe today to perform in front of a live audience. The Brooklyn folk-rock trio has roots in the American South, with stories and images from its ancestral home permeating the songs on both The Lone Bellow's self-titled 2013 debut and this year's Then Came The Morning. The new disc was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner.

Between bits of enlightening conversation, The Lone Bellow gives an energetic performance of three songs from the new album, recorded at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.

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World Cafe
11:32 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Stray Birds On World Cafe

The Stray Birds.
Rich McKie WXPN

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World Cafe
5:03 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Latin Roots: Canciones De Cuna

Raul Midón's lullaby "Duérmete Mi Niño" is featured on this episode of Latin Roots.
Courtesy of the artist

In World Cafe's newest Latin Roots segment, Rachel Faro returns to discuss lullabies, or canciones de cuna. Many of these songs are passed down from grandmothers to babies and end up becoming songs that everyone knows. Faro will play a couple of examples, and then you can explore her Spotify playlist if you truly need to drift off to sleep.

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