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World Cafe

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

Heart Like A Levee, the new album from Hiss Golden Messenger, soulfully weaves together all the musical styles we have come to expect from the North Carolina band. Led by M.C. Taylor, the band marries airy country, Van Morrison-style soul and dusty rock 'n' roll with lyrics that feel both universal and surprisingly personal.

Kula Shaker On World Cafe

Oct 25, 2016

Kula Shaker had a huge hit with its 1996 debut album, K, which went double platinum in the U.K. The band's music was profoundly affected by frontman Crispian Mills' travels in India. Kula Shaker's second album, Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts, was not as successful, and the band went on hiatus from 1999 to 2004. Now, 20 years after K, comes a companion album, K 2.0, filled with the psychedelic spirituality of the still-evolving band.

World Cafe Next: Walker Lukens

Oct 24, 2016

Is indie-rock singer-songwriter Walker Lukens ready to break out of his Austin bubble? Lukens' 2013 album Devoted was well received locally. Now, he's back with a new EP produced and recorded by Spoon drummer Jim Eno. (Lukens and Eno connected in a typically Austin manner: by striking up a conversation in a bar.)

Whitney On World Cafe

Oct 24, 2016

Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek were feeling pretty low in the winter of 2014. They had each gone through a romantic breakup; the band they used to play in, Smith Westerns, had broken up, too. Things were looking pretty grim until the day Kakacek brought home a tape machine, and an impromptu recording session made way for a new songwriting outlet. They called their new band Whitney.

Leonard Cohen's new album, You Want It Darker, certainly delivers on the promise of its title. It's a meditation on mortality that soars to the highest of musical heights and sinks to the lowest of vocal and existential depths. The record is truly one of the 82-year-old Cohen's best — and it was produced by his son, fellow musician Adam Cohen.

Warpaint On World Cafe

Oct 21, 2016

The Los Angeles band Warpaint put out its first album in 2010 — six years after the band formed. In fact, Warpaint has always taken its time. In the two years between its self-titled 2014 album and its most recent release, Heads Up, its members worked on other projects, including bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg's solo album.

Latin Roots: Mariza

Oct 20, 2016

Fado, a traditional form of languorous, sad music, has been entwined with the culture of Portugal for a long time. It is associated with a specific kind of sadness, known in Portuguese as saudade.

Maybe it's a good thing social media didn't exist back in 1913, when the influential Bengali poet, musician and painter Rabindranath Tagore became the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Kishi Bashi On World Cafe

Oct 19, 2016

Kaoru Ishibashi is a violin-playing songwriter and arranger who leads the band Kishi Bashi. After studying scoring at Berklee College of Music, he played as a sideman with Regina Spektor and Of Montreal. He formed Kishi Bashi in 2011, and the band has taken on many forms since then.

Ruby The RabbitFoot On World Cafe

Oct 18, 2016

Growing up on St. Simon's Island just off the coast of Georgia, Ruby Kendrick always heard that one of her aunts was a witch. Now, having renamed herself after a rabbit's foot talisman, Ruby the RabbitFoot is part of the thriving Athens, Ga., music scene.

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