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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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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:13amThe Seattle six-piece Pickwick started out performing singer Galen Disstons acoustic songs, but have since changed course to a more groove oriented band sound. Cant Talk Medicine is their debut studio album, which the band showcases live today, and they will explain their musical transformation, and play live.
Monday, May 6, 2013 10:33amMichaela Majoun welcomes Dawes on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The L.A. rock band made a big impact when they debuted in 2009 with what' has been described as their So-Cal, Laurel Canyon sound. Dawes style has expanded a bit on their new album, Stories Don't End, as we will hear in today's set from the stage of World Cafe Live. Plus, singer and songwriter, Taylor Goldsmith, explains why the group decided to self-release this, their third, disc.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:44amFormed in 1995, Eels is a fixture of the indie-rock scene led by Mark Oliver Everett, who performs under the stage name E. His latest, _Wonderful, Glorious_ marks the first record to include the other members of Eels in the writing process. Learn why in this interview, plus a stellar live set drawn from the new album.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:30pmOn this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, host David Dye is joined by English singer-songwriter, Billy Bragg. His first release in five years is a more introspective record than the political catalog he's become known for since the '70s. It's called Tooth and Nail and was produced by Bragg's friend and fellow musician, Joe Henry. In this interview, Bragg explains how the new album relates to Mermaid Avenue, his 1998 tribute to Woody Guthrie, and he'll discuss how frustration drives much of his songwriting.
Monday, April 15, 2013 4:14pmDavid Dye welcomes Jim James on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. As the frontman of My Morning Jacket, James has been making exciting rock for fifteen years and has also recorded collaborations under the alias Yim Yames, but now comes his first solo effort, Regions of Light and Sound of God. James departs from his band's sound on this album, which draws inspiration from '70s soul as well as Lynd Ward's graphic novel, God's Man. In this interview, James talks about the role of spirituality on the record and in his own songwriting practice, and he'll explain how the solo project came about, starting with his recuperation period after falling off the stage during a 2008 show.