World Cafe

Monday - Friday 7pm
David Dye

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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Audio Archive

  • Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pm
    David 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 6:21pm
    David 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 6:21pm
    Hamilton 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 6:21pm
    On 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 6:21pm
    On 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.

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2:22pm

Mon July 7, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Kutosis

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  • Hear Two Songs By Kutosis

We call on Cardiff, Wales for our World Cafe: Next artists this week. Kutosis is a power-pop trio whose music has been described as "post punk, reverb-drenched and breezy." Their second album, Dream It Away, was released in June on Jealous Lover's Club Records. From album artwork to song titles, this group is all about surfing — a fitting match for their sunny power pop.

Don't forget to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from Kutosis.

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12:41pm

Mon June 30, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Heaven's Jail

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  • Hear Two Songs By Heaven's Jail

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Brooklyn band Heaven's Jail. Frontman Francesco Ferorelli grew up listening to metal and hip-hop, later discovered country, and now plays indie-rock music. Producer Matthew Houck (of Phosphorescent fame) says of Ferorelli, "[He] is my favorite kind of songwriter — sensitive but not sappy, smart but not precious."

Ace Called Zero, the debut album by Heaven's Jail, is due out August 26. Download two songs as part of the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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3:28pm

Mon June 9, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Beaty Heart

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:02 am

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  • Hear Two Songs By Beaty Heart

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a trio from South London. Beaty Heart makes rock music that keeps you on your toes: It's quirky, irreverent and complicated, with a tropical vibe that recalls Vampire Weekend.

Download two songs by the band at the audio link.

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2:28pm

Mon June 2, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Esme Patterson

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:55 pm

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  • Hear Two Songs By Esme Patterson

Esme Patterson is a founding member of the Denver folk septet Paper Bird. In 2012, she made her solo debut with All Princes, I, an album of personal songs that she felt didn't fit with the band. This year, Patterson released her second solo record, Woman to Woman. Each track corresponds to a famous song by a male musician about a female character — and is written from the woman's viewpoint instead.

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12:51pm

Tue May 27, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Landlady

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The Brooklyn band Landlady will release its first full-length album, Upright Behavior, this summer. Jazz enthusiast Adam Schatz leads the adventurous five-piece folk-rock band. Hear two songs from Landlady's debut on this edition of World Cafe: Next.

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