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 April 13, 2011
World Cafe

DeVotchKa On World Cafe

Using an eclectic blend of styles from Slavic to American punk, the Denver-based quartet DeVotchKa entered the public consciousness when it scored the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine. The group's orchestral melodies and energetic pop has been called souped-up polka rock, but its members have found room to explore and mature over the past decade.

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2:30pm

Tue April 12, 2011
World Cafe

Bruce Cockburn On World Cafe

Bruce Cockburn has journeyed far and wide as a political activist and musician. But his extensive work can be traced back to the 1970's, when he first rose to prominence in Canada's folk-rock scene.

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2:30pm

Thu April 7, 2011
World Cafe

Nicole Atkins On World Cafe

Lots of things have changed from Nicole Atkins' debut, Neptune City. She has a new band, a new label and a new sound on Mondo Amore. Described with adjectives like "fierce," her sophomore LP is filled with dark songs (relatively speaking).

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2:30pm

Wed April 6, 2011
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Telekinesis On World Cafe

Hailing from Seattle, Michael Benjamin Lerner, the brains behind the band Telekinesis, knows a thing or two about brightening up rainy days. So even though his songs are full of dark tales, he manages to turn them into unsuspecting pop hits. After releasing his upbeat debut album, Telekinesis!, in 2009, Lerner was instantly recognized for his songwriting prowess and ability to play drums and sing simultaneously in live performance.

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2:30pm

Tue April 5, 2011
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Abigail Washburn On World Cafe

Abigail Washburn made her name as the leader of The Sparrow Quartet, a folk and bluegrass group that features her husband, Bela Fleck. Since then, she's stepped out on her own with two great solo albums, including this year's City of Refuge. It's another offering replete with folk and bluegrass, but it also demonstrates Washburn's efforts to break the mold of the modern folk singer.

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