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

Thu February 17, 2011
World Cafe

Fitz And The Tantrums On World Cafe

It all started with the 88 keys of an old organ. Frontman Michael Fitzpatrick recalls his ex-girlfriend hurriedly phoning him about the instrument for sale next door, and when Fitzpatrick finally got it home that night, the first pieces of the soon-to-be single "Breaking the Chains of Love" began to form. As he put it, "sometimes, the music gods just give it to you."

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2:30pm

Wed February 16, 2011
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Superchunk On World Cafe

Flashback to 1989: Superchunk had just released its debut 7". More than two decades later, the North Carolina band is still kicking. The long hiatus following the release of 2001's Here's To Shutting Up stirred speculation that the youthful punk-rock outfit would never return, but last year's Majesty Shredding put that fear to rest and sparked a whole new wave of Superchunk excitement.

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2:00pm

Tue February 15, 2011
World Cafe

Badly Drawn Boy On World Cafe

Damon Gough's brainchild Badly Drawn Boy has returned to the scene with an exciting fourth studio album, It's What I'm Thinking Pt.1: Photographing Snowflakes. Often teaming up with frequent collaborator Andy Votel, Gough is a prolific pop songwriter with a knack for great storytelling, which he often weaves into his live shows.

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2:30pm

Fri February 11, 2011
World Cafe

Bobby Long On World Cafe

British singer-songwriter Bobby Long has been writing keenly crafted songs since taking up the guitar at age 16. After relocating from his native Wessex, he became a fixture at open-mic nights around London while attending college there. Among his companions on the circuit were fellow musicians Marcus Foster and Robert Pattinson, the former with whom he co-wrote a song that the latter would sing in the popular tween movie Twilight.

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3:30pm

Thu February 10, 2011
World Cafe

The Greenhornes On World Cafe

With a classic garage rock and blues style, The Greenhornes have been widely recognized for taking a step forward in rock by taking a step back. Started in 1996, the Cincinnati trio — composed of Craig Fox, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence — grew up listening to Britain's greatest rock bands, like The Kinks, The Who and The Zombies.

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