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Since 1991, World Cafe has been a premier showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye.
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Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pmDavid Dye's guest is Bob Mould on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. He became one of the most influential artists of the '80s with seminal punk three-piece, H?sker D?. After a venture into dance music, he's released a string of guitar-driven albums since 2005, including the new one, Beauty and Ruin. Mould performs live today, and he'll share the stories from his life that inspired many of the new songs.
Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pmDavid Dye welcomes Dave and Phil Alvin on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The brothers formed influential band The Blasters in 1979, but later split up for over a decade. Now reunited, they've released Common Ground, a tribute to bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, whose career spanned the '30s through the '50s. Dave and Phil explain how they reinterpreted his songs and perform some live today.
Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pmHamilton Leithauser joins host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After playing together for over a decade, his celebrated band, The Walkmen, went on hiatus last year. Leithauser, along with the other band members, has since turned his focus to solo work and recently released a solo debut, Black Hours. He'll talk about the Sinatra-inspired collection today and performs a set from the stage of World Cafe Live.
Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pmOn this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Against Me!, who have a new album called Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The punk band's lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, changed her name from Tom Gabel and began living as a woman in 2012, after experiencing gender dysphoria all her life. We'll hear her story today, along with Against Me!'s rocking live performance.
Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pmOn this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is Sharon Van Etten. Her 2009 debut, Because I was in Love, was quickly embraced for its emotional honesty, and just three years later, The National's Aaron Dessner produced her successful disc, Tramp. Her new one, Are We There, was written completely on the road, as Van Etten explains today, and she plays for an audience at World Cafe Live.