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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2:30pm

Wed June 1, 2011
World Cafe

Kurt Vile And The Violators On World Cafe

Kurt Vile.
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Born on the outskirts of Philadelphia to a family of 10 siblings, Kurt Vile exudes an inspiring grasp of classic rock and modern form. Taking tips from both oldies stations and friends, Vile has a great ability to transform an old sound with just the right touch of the here and now.

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2:30pm

Tue May 31, 2011
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The Cave Singers On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue May 31, 2011 12:30 pm

The Cave Singers.
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The Cave Singers are no doubt inspired by the rain and shine of the Pacific Northwest. Formed in 2007 from the dissolution of bands such as Pretty Girls Make Graves and Hint Hint, this trio has built a sound full of dark folk, with more than a hint of punk rock. Pete Quirk (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Derek Fudesco (guitar and bass) and Marty Lund (drums, guitar) have found their own niche in contemporary Americana. After signing with Matador and releasing two albums, the band jumped to Jagjaguwar and released another set of enticing songs, No Witch.

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2:30pm

Fri May 27, 2011
World Cafe

TV On The Radio On World Cafe

Originally published on Fri August 12, 2011 3:56 pm

TV on the Radio appeared on World Cafe.
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Brooklyn band TV on the Radio are simply one of the biggest acts in rock music today. Combining everything from jazz, soul, hip-hop and electro-pop, the group has carved out a niche entirely its own.

This April, TV on the Radio released Nine Types of Light, its fourth LP and another bold step that defied expectations. Coming off of the funky percussion and new wave synths of Dear Science, the record is downright calm by comparison. Some have called it a lovers' album, full of muted beats and humble melodies.

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2:30pm

Thu May 26, 2011
World Cafe

Hayes Carll On World Cafe

Hayes Carll performed on World Cafe.
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Hayes Carll is a dry-witted folk musician whose humble music is poised, but infused with humorous anecdotes. Hailing from Texas, the singer-songwriter first picked up a guitar at the age of 15. He followed a common route through college while singing on the side, moving around Texas in search of success. But his music is anything but common. He eventually returned to Houston, his hometown,and began to develop a following.

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2:43pm

Wed May 25, 2011
World Cafe

?uestlove's 'Philly-Paris Lockdown' On World Cafe

The Roots' ?uestlove on stage during his collaboration with singer Keren Ann, "Philly-Paris Lockdown," part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
George Feder

?uestlove, born Ahmir Khalib Thompson, is the renowned drummer of Grammy-winning Philadelphia band The Roots, but that's just the beginning. He's also a DJ, journalist and record producer. He's worked with Common, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Jay-Z, Bilal... the list goes on and on. And, of course, he's on network television almost every weeknight as the leader of the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

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