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

  • 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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12:30pm

Tue September 6, 2011
World Cafe

City and Colour on World Cafe

Dallas Green, aka City and Colour.
Vanessa Heins

City and Colour is the alias of Canadian Dallas Green, a Juno Award recipient who is known for his work with the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. He released his first solo record in 2005 under the name City and Colour, a spinoff of his own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a color. (Maybe he created this moniker to dispel any confusion that might arise for baseball fans — Green was named for the former Philadelphia Phillies manager, whose team won the World Series around the time Green was born.)

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12:30pm

Fri September 2, 2011
World Cafe

Bon Iver On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:28 pm

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
D.L. Anderson

This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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12:30pm

Thu September 1, 2011
World Cafe

Anna Calvi on World Cafe

Anna Calvi.
Courtesy of the artist

Described as shy and unassuming offstage, Anna Calvi demands attention when she has a guitar in her hands. She has the tendency to look her audience directly in the eyes when she performs. It's this tiptoeing of the line between seductive and unsettling that has helped her gain a dedicated following with the release of her 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated debut.

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12:30pm

Wed August 31, 2011
World Cafe

Marques Toliver on World Cafe

Marques Toliver.
Courtesy of the artist

Marques Toliver, a classically-trained violinist, builds on his Suzuki method foundation to craft songs that effortlessly blend R&B and gospel.

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12:30pm

Tue August 30, 2011
World Cafe

David Bromberg On World Cafe

David Bromberg.
Judy Sirota Rosenthal

Grammy-nominated roots musician David Bromberg started his career as a session guitarist in the 1960s for the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker. He ventured out on his own to record a debut album in 1971, and has since created a unique style of blues that prominently features brass accompaniment, known as "hillbilly jazz."

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