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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5:11pm

Tue May 24, 2011
World Cafe

Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday On World Cafe

Suze Rotolo (right) on the cover of Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
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Suze Rotolo has been described as the '60s muse of Bob Dylan, the girl behind some of his most moving love songs and rousing political statements. The two met in the early 1960s in New York, and fell in love. She was a "red diaper baby," born to Communist sympathizers in the McCarthy era. She was living a politically active life in bohemian Greenwich Village when she met Dylan at a concert. Dylan described it as love at first sight, and the two soon became romantically involved.

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2:30pm

Tue May 24, 2011
World Cafe

Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings On World Cafe

Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings band appeared on World Cafe.
Michael Wilson

When you're one of the best guitarists in Nashville, you've achieved something of a legendary status in the music world — and that's exactly what Buddy Miller has done. The singer-songwriter has produced, written, recorded and played so much great music, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris call him one of the greatest musicians alive.

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2:30pm

Fri May 20, 2011
World Cafe

Steve Earle On World Cafe

Steve Earle performed on World Cafe.
Ted Barron

For more than three decades, Steve Earle has helped define modern country music. At the dawn of his career, Earle helped bring about the term "new country," and has been relentlessly touring and recording ever since.

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2:30pm

Thu May 19, 2011
World Cafe

The Joy Formidable On World Cafe

Matt Thomas, Ritzy Bryan and Rhyddian Dafydd of The Joy Formidable.
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The Joy Formidable is rooted in a childhood friendship. This trio from Northern Wales started to grow when Ritzy Bryan (vocals, guitar) and Rhydian Dafydd (bass, vocals) began to work together in bands. As a duo, they honed their knack for pop hooks and textured backgrounds; drummer Matthew Thomas joined when Bryan and Dafydd moved to London. Thomas added some high-energy metal chops to The Joy Formidable's pop anthems.

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2:30pm

Wed May 18, 2011
World Cafe

James McCartney On World Cafe

James McCartney, song of Paul, appeared on World Cafe.
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As son of Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and one of the most commercially successful songwriters of all time, it should come as no surprise that James McCartney has the music in him. The singer, songwriter and sculptor has been involved with his father's career for some time, contributing to solo albums and even accompanying Sir Paul on tour.

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