World Cafe

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

Latin Roots: Gina Chavez

Aug 13, 2015

World Cafe's Latin Roots segment today features a performance by bilingual Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez. Chavez's latest album, Up-Rooted, has been well-received in her hometown, where she won the Austin Music Award for Artist Of The Year, among other honors.

Join as host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. 

Langhorne Slim On World Cafe

Aug 13, 2015

Langhorne Slim, a.k.a. Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter Sean Skolnick, returns to World Cafe to perform songs from his new album, The Spirit Moves. Slim released his debut album in 2008, back when he was a solo artist; nowadays, he performs with a full band called Langhorne Slim & The Law.

In this World Cafe session — recorded at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia — Slim talks about his new life in Nashville, making a record sober for the first time, and the endorsement deal he signed based on his trademark hat.

The Weather Station On World Cafe

Aug 12, 2015

The Weather Station, led by Canadian artist Tamara Lindeman, has drawn an extraordinary amount of praise for the new album Loyalty.

Ike Reilly On World Cafe

Aug 11, 2015

Ike Reilly returns to World Cafe with songs from his seventh album, Born On Fire. A cocky, charming rock 'n' roll singer from the Chicago area, Reilly shares a hometown with the late comedian Chris Farley, whose new biopic features a song from Reilly's new album.

In this episode of World Cafe, Reilly tells the story of the hard-drive crash that ate the first recordings of his new album — plus, of course, he and his band The Ike Reilly Assassination perform live.

World Cafe Next: Liz Vice

Aug 10, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Liz Vice, a singer-songwriter from Portland, Ore., who learned to sing in church. Growing up, Vice had dreams of working as a filmmaker, but her dreams were put off when autoimmune disease led to a series of medical setbacks in her teens; she finally received a kidney transplant. Vice will release her debut album, There's A Light, on Sept. 25.

SOAK On World Cafe

Aug 10, 2015

Bridie Monds-Watson is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland. She just released her debut album as SOAK, titled Before We Forgot How To Dream, which contains songs written when she was as young as 14. Monds-Watson writes forcefully and thoughtfully about topics like divorce and bullying, while wrapping her words in gorgeous arrangements.

Joss Stone On World Cafe

Aug 6, 2015

Joss Stone's new album, Water For Your Soul, covers a lot of stylistic ground. It started with reggae sessions partly inspired by her work in SuperHeavy with Damian Marley, who helped produce the record.

Anderson East On World Cafe

Aug 5, 2015

Crooks On World Cafe

Aug 4, 2015

World Cafe's guest today is a Texas-style, hard-rocking country band. Based in Austin, Crooks formed in 2007 as a duo that played folk and country; in the years that followed, it developed a bolder and louder honky-tonk sound. You can hear that sound on Wildfire, just out, and in this studio session recorded for World Cafe.