World Cafe

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

This week, World Cafe rebroadcasts some of its best sessions from the last several months. Listen in for some conversations and performances that garnered a lot of interest when they originally aired.

Madrid garage rockers Hinds closed out the SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase with a spirited and fun set of songs from the band's debut album, Leave Me Alone. The all-women four-piece captures the punky spirit of The Runaways and the pop smarts of The Bangles. Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote lead the band with a magnetic charm that's enhanced by their Spanish accents and irresistible smiles.

Mary Guibert, mother of the late Jeff Buckley, joins World Cafe to share selections from You and I, a newly released set of demos Buckley recorded in 1993. She says her son was in the process of finding his voice during that time, just before the 1994 release of his only studio album, Grace.

Iggy Pop On World Cafe

Mar 18, 2016

Post Pop Depression is the 17th solo album by Iggy Pop, who fronted The Stooges and helped define what became punk rock in the 1970s. The album was released Friday, and he joins World Cafe along with Josh Homme from Queens of The Stone Age, who secretly produced the album in the California desert.

Watch public radio favorites Jack Garratt, Chvrches, The Heavy, Bombino, Lucius and

Aubrie Sellers On World Cafe

Mar 17, 2016

Aubrie Sellers grew up in Nashville, the daughter of singer Lee Ann Womack and writer and sideman Jason Sellers. She's now developing her own sound, which she calls "garage country."

Sellers and her band joined World Cafe to perform songs from her new album, New City Blues, live in the studio. Stream the three-part session above.

Latin Roots: Mexrrissey

Mar 17, 2016

In this episode of Latin Roots, contributor Josh Norek discusses Mexico's fascination with The Smiths lead singer Morrissey, suggesting that Latinos make up the bulk of Morrissey's fans in the United States. Norek says that enthusiasm gave rise to a recent project called Mexrrissey, led by Mexican producer Camilo Lara, which has released an album filled with Latin reinventions of Morrissey's songs.

M. Ward On World Cafe

Mar 16, 2016

M. Ward recently released his new solo album, More Rain, which features doo-wop-style vocals that he says were inspired by his love of The Beach Boys. His Los Angeles roots are apparent in the lyrics of "Girl From Conejo Valley".

Unknown Mortal Orchestra On World Cafe

Mar 15, 2016

At the helm of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is Ruban Nielson, a Portland, Ore., resident originally from New Zealand. He says that UMO's most recent album, Multi-Love, was inspired by the true story of a polyamorous relationship into which he entered with his wife and another woman.

World Cafe Next: Quiet Life

Mar 14, 2016

Quiet Life is a roots-rock band that claims no fixed address. Instead, with brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman at its center, the band travels the country in its vegetable-oil-powered van. In the summer of 2014, Quiet Life landed at Mount Slippery Studio outside of Philadelphia, where Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken helped make what Sean Spellman says he was hoping would become a "summer" record.