World Cafe

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

Car Seat Headrest On World Cafe

Jun 2, 2016

It's only June, but there are critics who have already named Car Seat Headrest's Teens Of Denial their top album of 2016. After recording 11 self-released albums in his bedroom and car (hence his band's name), songwriter Will Toledo has released his first studio album of new songs for Matador Records. It's a deep, personal, honest, sarcastic and relatable look at his post-college life — if Toledo doesn't watch out, he is going to be called the voice of a generation.

Parker Millsap On World Cafe

Jun 1, 2016

Parker Millsap grew up in the small town of Purcell, Okla., where he began singing in the Pentecostal church his parents attended. In 2014, he released his self-titled debut, which was full of songs and characters from his youth and earned him an Americana Emerging Artist of the Year nomination.

Boogarins On World Cafe

May 31, 2016

The Brazilian band Boogarins makes its World Cafe debut with a performance recorded onstage at World Cafe Live and an interview with guitarists Dinho Almeida and Benke Ferraz, who started the band while attending high school in the small central Brazilian city of Goiânia.

World Cafe Next: Bonnie Bishop

May 30, 2016

Many have discovered Bonnie Bishop through Bonnie Raitt, who recorded Bishop's song "Not Cause I Wanted To" on her latest album, Dig In Deep. But Bishop's own new album, Ain't Who I Was, is a treat in and of itself. Produced by Nashville superproducer Dave Cobb, the album is reminiscent of the sound of Dusty Springfield's classic Dusty In Memphis in the way it straddles the line between soul and country.

While writing for Rolling Stone in the mid-'90s, Rich Cohen got an enviable assignment: basically, to embed himself with The Rolling Stones during their tour behind Voodoo Lounge. It was the start of a relationship that's given Cohen a unique vantage point to write his new Stones history, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones. Cohen's perspective is also shaped — favorably — by the fact that he didn't grow up with The Rolling Stones' music in the '60s and '70s.

Charles Bradley On World Cafe

May 27, 2016

Charles Bradley isn't exactly reviving soul music — the rest of us are just catching up with how he has always sung. The soul singer, who's originally from Brooklyn, saw James Brown on stage at the Apollo in 1962 and was transfixed.

Quilt On World Cafe

May 26, 2016

The Brooklyn-based band Quilt has really solidified its sound on its new album, Plaza. The band, which was often labeled "psychedelic" when it started in Boston, has written some more straightforward, hooky songs for Plaza.

Songhoy Blues On World Cafe

May 25, 2016

Songhoy Blues started when, displaced from their homes in the north of Mali, members Garba Touré, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré fled Timbuktu in 2012 and traveled to Bamako, where they decided to form a band to play for fellow refugees. Songhoy Blues' instrumentation — two guitars, bass and drums —represents a younger person's take on more traditional desert-blues bands.

Thursday, July 28, 2016:

A Vintage Cafe from 2011 with Scottish folk artist Bert Jansch.

The mountain hamlet of Woodstock in upstate New York was well known as an artists' colony even before the mid-'60s influx of musicians. In fact, it was known well enough among the musicians who lived there, particularly Bob Dylan, that it lent its name to the famous festival that actually took place many miles away.

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