World Cafe

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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

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:23am
    Kaiser Chiefs visit host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The indie-rockers' lead albums, Employment and Yours Truly, Angry Mob, were huge successes, including the hit song "Ruby." Now, after a three-year hiatus, Kaiser Chiefs return with Education, Education, Education and War, which they showcase live today, and the band talks about the recent departure of founding member, Nick Hodgson.
  • Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:23pm
    On this episode of the World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, host David Dye welcomes Real Estate. The four-piece New Jersey band released their third indie-rock album, "Atlas," this year. They'll play a live set in the studio and talk about receiving Jeff Tweedy's blessing for the record, which was recorded in the Wilco studio.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:36pm
    Drive-By Truckers join host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The highly influential Southern rock band have been led through numerous incarnations by songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. They'll share about the recording process for the latest release, English Oceans, today, and Drive-By Truckers perform live.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:35pm
    Brett Dennen joins host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The California singer-songwriter has released five albums since 2004, including the new one, Smoke and Mirrors. He'll play some of his energetic folk-pop songs today, and Dennen will discuss how his music has evolved over the years.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:34pm
    David Dye welcomes Lost In The Trees on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The North Carolina band has released a string of orchestral folk pop albums since singer-songwriter Ari Picker assembled the group in 2007. Their new record, Past Life, is more guitar-driven, as we'll hear in today's live performance. Plus, Picker shares about his songwriting process.

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12:08pm

Wed October 5, 2011
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World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:54 pm

Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.

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Over the years, World Cafe has seen its share of guitar gods.

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6:00am

Wed October 5, 2011
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World Cafe is 20!

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This week, the Public Radio music show The World Café with host David Dye is celebrating two decades of sharing new and familiar music with listeners. Dye talked about his long career with KUNC’s Wendy Wham

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2:26pm

Tue October 4, 2011
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World Cafe Looks Back: Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:55 pm

Roseanne Cash.

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World Cafe has been lucky enough to feature Rosanne Cash more than once; in fact, her interview from 2006 is one of our absolute favorites of the past 20 years.

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11:57am

Mon October 3, 2011
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World Cafe Looks Back: Jack White

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 11:57 am

Jack White of The White Stripes performs during the fourth and final day of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival June 17, 2007 in Manchester, Tennessee.

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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12:32pm

Fri September 30, 2011
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Ryan Adams On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 2:53 pm

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In this Vintage Cafe session from 2011, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams had just released the album Ashes & Fire. Adams had taken a couple years off between recording his last record with The Cardinals and this one. At the time, the delay was unusual for the prolific singer-songwriter, though he did put out a vinyl-only metal record called Orion. He also spent time relearning how to play guitar after a serious hand injury.

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