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

Fri March 25, 2011
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Roger Waters On World Cafe

Pink Floyd left an incredible footprint on the musical community.
And at its core was George Roger Waters, who in 1968 became the primary songwriter and conceptual leader of the group. As a result of the songwriter's work, which includes the albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, Pink Floyd became a worldwide phenomenon.

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2:30pm

Thu March 24, 2011
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Summer Fiction On World Cafe

Summer Fiction is the moniker of Philadelphian Bill Ricchini. He manages to bottle up the warmth of an intimate singer-songwriter and the grandiosity of orchestral arrangements in his new project, Summer Fiction. On his eponymous debut album, Ricchini melds together strings, winds, harpsichord, piano, guitar, vocals and a wealth of percussive instruments.

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2:30pm

Wed March 23, 2011
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Broken Records On World Cafe

Edinburgh indie-rock band Broken Records started in the wake of a failed recording studio and label. Since then, it's been dubbed Scotland's Arcade Fire by NME. The effect of its chamber violins, cello, accordion, guitars, drums and bass is vibrant, and yet, this dynamic six-piece remains heavily rooted in anthemic pop-rock structures.

Striking up familiar tones, though darker than its predecessor, Let Me Come Home is a combination of yearning and frustration. It's an honest album that sheds a pop-tinged light on the darkest of emotions.

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2:30pm

Tue March 22, 2011
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Susan Werner On World Cafe

Over the last two decades, Susan Werner has explored genres ranging from jazz and folk to gospel and opera. Werner was merely 5 years old when she began playing guitar and singing publicly in church, and since then she also picked up the piano.

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2:30pm

Fri March 18, 2011
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G. Love On World Cafe

Self-proclaimed, "hip-hop blues" artist G. Love returns with his latest fusion of political messages and sophisticated song structures on Fixin' To Die. The album is still full of G Love's signature blend of blues, alt-rock, soul and hip-hop, but this time there's something more. The Avett Brothers have had a deep influence on G. Love this past year, and the result is a foray into folk music.

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