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

Tue February 1, 2011
World Cafe

Jake Shimabukuro On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue February 1, 2011 12:30 pm

One of the the world's top ukulele players, Jake Shimabukuro wows his audiences with intricate strumming and plucking, overwhelming enthusiasm and an electrifying stage presence. He began to play the ukulele at the tender age of 4 while living in Hawaii. He strummed along to all sorts of rock and pop he heard on the radio; he also learned to play an array of other instruments (piano, drums, classical guitar) to develop his ukulele skills.

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2:00pm

Mon January 31, 2011
World Cafe

Charlie Louvin On World Cafe

Charlie Louvin, half of the legendary Louvin Brothers and oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, died Wednesday, Jan. 26 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

The Louvin Brothers were mainstays on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s and '60s, and their harmonies influenced countless alternative country artists, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and The Byrds.

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6:21pm

Fri January 28, 2011
World Cafe

Amos Lee On World Cafe

An elementary school teacher turned musician, Philadelphia's Amos Lee takes his inspiration from the soul and folk artists of the '70s, including John Prine, Neil Young, James Taylor and Bill Withers.

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2:30pm

Thu January 27, 2011
World Cafe

Duffy On World Cafe

Before she was a part of the modern British Invasion, neo-soul singer Duffy was just another struggling artist. Working as a waitress during the day, she recorded songs at night and learned to make music by herself. Her debut album, Rockferry, was four years in the making, and well worth the effort. It soared up the album charts and substantiated Duffy's place in the industry.

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2:30pm

Wed January 26, 2011
World Cafe

Bilal On World Cafe

Growing up in Philadelphia, Bilal Oliver (better known as Bilal) lived in a world full of church music, soul and jazz. Taking his passion to New York, he performed frequently at night clubs, eventually forming strong relationships with artists such as Common, The Roots, Q-Tip and J Dilla.

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