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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3:00pm

Mon May 16, 2011
World Cafe

Sarah Jarosz On 'World Cafe: Next'

Texas bluegrass prodigy Sarah Jarosz is this week's "World Cafe: Next" artist.
Courtesy of the artist

Sarah Jarosz may only be 20 years old, but this Americana bluegrass darling has been shaking up the stage for a few years now. Since the release of her debut album, the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter has earned three Austin Music Awards and nominations for a Grammy and Americana Music Award, all while attending Boston's New England Conservatory for contemporary improvisation.

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2:30pm

Fri May 13, 2011
World Cafe

Alison Krauss And Union Station On World Cafe

Alison Krauss and Union Station perform on World Cafe.
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Alison Krauss, the folk and bluegrass songwriter and fiddler who has warmed the hearts of millions, is one of the most accomplished musicians working today, regardless of genre. Her remarkable career, which began at the tender age of 14, has spanned 25 years, 11 studio albums and the epochal soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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2:30pm

Thu May 12, 2011
World Cafe

The Kills On World Cafe

The Kills performed on World Cafe.
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Indie rock duo The Kills came together when Alison "VV" Mosshart heard British guitarist Jamie "Hotel" Hince practicing in a hotel room. Mosshart and Hince began airmailing work tapes back and forth across the Atlantic, but soon realized that a long-distance collaboration was too taxing. Mosshart moved across the pond from her hometown in Florida to London, and The Kills were born.

The duo developed a reputation from powerful live shows, and the band's lo-fi punk style drew comparisons to the White Stripes — part garage rock, part blues.

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2:30pm

Wed May 11, 2011
World Cafe

The Mountain Goats On World Cafe

The Mountain Goats performed on World Cafe.
D.L. Anderson

The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster, and the band's been around, in one form or another, since 1991. Darnielle's lo-fi beginnings involved just his poetry, his guitar and a dual-cassette recorder, but resulted in some of the finer albums of the '90s (Zopilote Machine, Nine Black Poppies, Full Force Galesburg).

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2:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
World Cafe

The Civil Wars On World Cafe

John Paul White and Joy Williams hail from very different parts of the country (Alabama and California, respectively), and both are free spirits when it comes to their solo music careers. But when the two crossed paths at a songwriting camp in Nashville, the rest, as they say, is history. Both knew that they had some special collaborative magic, and they've managed to mix their songwriting styles into something truly moving.

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