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.



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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Tue July 26, 2011
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Lloyd Cole On World Cafe

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole performs on today's World Cafe.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. With his band, The Commotions, he made an album now heralded as a classic of the U.K. post-punk era, 1984's Rattlesnakes.

Cole subsequently moved to the U.S., and has released a steady stream of records since the 1980s. To release his latest album, Broken Record, Cole reached out to his fans and funded the record entirely through pre-sales.

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Fri July 22, 2011
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Cults On World Cafe

Cults perform live and talk about their new self-titled debut album on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Cults began as a bedroom recording collaboration between guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin. When their first single, "Go Outside," went viral in the indie blogosphere, the Brooklyn-based duo became an overnight success, landing a major-label record deal and a rapidly expanding audience.

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Thu July 21, 2011
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The Black Angels On World Cafe

Austin, TX neo-psychedelic band the Black Angels perform live on today's World Cafe.
Alexandra Valenti Courtesy of the artist

Austin neo-psychedelic band The Black Angels took its name from the Velvet Underground classic "The Black Angels Death Song." While the group's sultry, reverb-laden grooves draw on the Velvets' pioneering experimental rock, it also pays homage to Austin's own rich history of psychedelic music, dating to the mid-'60s with Roky Erickson and his band the 13th Floor Elevators.

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Wed July 20, 2011
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Alexander Ebert On World Cafe

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros plays live from his new solo record on today's World Cafe.
Adarsha Benjamin Courtesy of the artist

Alex Ebert launched his musical career as frontman for the quirky Los Angeles dance-rock group Ima Robot. When the band stagnated in 2007, he reinvented himself as Edward Sharpe, leader of neo-hippie folk collective the Magnetic Zeros, whose hit single "Home" climbed the charts in 2010.

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