World Cafe

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



Live from World Cafe Live
12:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Joe Henry Live from World Cafe Live 05/23 @ Noon

Joe Henry

Join us for our weekly Live Concert this Friday at Noon as Joe Henry performs with special guests Apache Relay. Singer/songwriter Joe Henry has been playing music professionally since the 80s, and with 12 

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Dum Dum Girls On World Cafe

Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls.
James Orlando Courtesy of the artist

Founded by vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Penny, Dum Dum Girls takes its name from Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys." The group brings its mix of lo-fi rock and noise-pop to its latest album, Too True, which was produced by longtime collaborator Richard Gottehrer.

During this session for World Cafe, Penny discusses how damaging her voice affected the time it took to record Too True — and, of course, the band plays a few tracks from the album.

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World Cafe
3:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Conor Oberst On World Cafe

Conor Oberst.
Butch Hogan Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst started releasing his own music on cassette from his home in Nebraska back in 1993, when he was only 13. Best known for his work as Bright Eyes, Oberst is also a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk.

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World Cafe
5:23 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

World Cafe Next: Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is 31-year-old Minnesotan Haley Bonar. She was discovered at 19 by Alan Sparhawk of Low at an open mic in Duluth, Minn., and is about to release her fifth album, Last War. Here, we play two of its tracks, which you can download at the audio link.

World Cafe
8:12 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ryley Walker On World Cafe

Ryley Walker.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:47 pm

This April, acoustic guitarist and songwriter Ryley Walker released his debut album, All Kinds Of You, on Tompkins Square Records. The Chicago resident takes inspiration from 1960s folk stars like Bert Jansch and Tim Hardin, and you can also hear hints of Walker's past in free jazz in the way he plays.

Listen to the promising — and funny — guitarist speak with World Cafe host David Dye and perform three songs in our studio.

World Cafe
5:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Gotye On World Cafe

Gotye's new album is titled Making Mirrors.
James Bryans

Our Vintage Cafe today is from 2012, the year the Melbourne, Australia-based artist Gotye's world-wide smash "Somebody That I Used To Know" was everywhere. The single has sold more than 30 million copies.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

World Cafe Next: Pattern Is Movement

Pattern Is Movement.
Courtesy of the artist

Time to embrace the Philadelphia band Pattern is Movement as our World Cafe: Next artist this week. Over the course of five albums, the band has evolved into a two-piece with Andrew Thibodeaux and Chris Ward. There are beautiful, almost baroque aspects of this largely electronic and percussive music on the duo's new self-titled album. We encourage you to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with a couple of songs.

World Cafe
10:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Black Keys On World Cafe

Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Who could have predicted, based on the modest blues-rock beginnings of The Black Keys' The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness, that the band would become the hit-making machine it is today?

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Music News
9:48 am
Mon May 12, 2014

World Cafe, May 12-16

You know who.

It's another week of cool stuff on the radio. Tune in weekdays at 2.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

On this 2012 Vintage Cafe Australian singer-songwriter, Gotye and his sensationally successful, multi-Grammy award winning album, Making Mirrors, which features “Somebody that I Used to Know”.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Black Keys return with Turn Blue, their highly anticipated eighth studio album.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

All Kinds of You is Chicago folk-rock musician, Ryley Walker’s debut album.

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World Cafe
6:05 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Ben & Ellen Harper On World Cafe

Ben Harper and his mother, Ellen Harper.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

In honor of Mother's Day, World Cafe welcomes singer Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, who've just released an album together titled Childhood Home.

Alongside his band The Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper has been making powerful, blues-influenced rock records since 1992. The most recent, Get Up! — which he recorded with harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite — won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.

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