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.



Tue August 2, 2011
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Caitlin Rose On World Cafe

Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose performs live on today's World Cafe.
Josh Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Although 23-year-old singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose was born and raised in Nashville, she first rose to acclaim in Europe, where her debut album put her name on the influential UK music magazine NME's "Cool List" for 2010. Rose's confident voice and dexterous delivery have earned her comparisons to great country singers like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

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Mon August 1, 2011
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William Elliott Whitmore On 'World Cafe: Next'

William Elliott Whitmore is this week's 'World Cafe: Next' artist.
David Black Courtesy of the artist

William Elliott Whitmore's folk songs may sound like something out of a bygone era, but they communicate with rare immediacy. Whitmore's stripped-down arrangements foreground his gritty, powerful voice and politically observant lyrics, an approach that has led some to call him a musical heir to the likes of Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.

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Fri July 29, 2011
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Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

The Tedeschi Trucks band performs live on today's World Cafe.
James Michin Courtesy of the artist

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife duo of guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitarist Derek Trucks, began out of practical consideration. Working together allowed the couple to continue performing while raising their young family.

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Thu July 28, 2011
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Thao And Mirah On World Cafe

Singer-songwriters Thao and Mirah recently paired up for a new collaborative project and perform together on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriters Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlin are more commonly known on a first-name-only basis as Thao and Mirah. Last year, the two friends decided to take a break from their respective solo careers and work together on a collaborative project. The result is Thao & Mirah, released earlier this year on Kill Rock Stars to a warm popular and critical reception.

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Wed July 27, 2011
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Dennis Coffey On World Cafe

Legendary funk guitarist Dennis Coffey plays live on today's World Cafe.
Doug Coombe Courtesy of the artist

It's hard to overstate the influence of Detroit guitarist Dennis Coffey. Coffey was one of the original Funk Brothers, the Motown house band that introduced a new sound to the label in the 1960s. Coffey's wah-wah guitar lines on Temptations hits like "Psychedelic Shack" and "Cloud 9" were as innovative as they were distinctive, defining the psychedelic and funk sound of the era.

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