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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2:00pm

Mon January 17, 2011
World Cafe

Janelle Monae On World Cafe

Janelle Monae is a fiery and energetic wonderball of a performer, one who sings, writes songs, dances and acts

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2:30pm

Fri January 14, 2011
World Cafe

Old 97's On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon January 31, 2011 12:30 pm

Old 97's is one of the premier alt-country acts operating these days. Led by vocalist Rhett Miller, the Dallas band was one of the most beloved indie bands of the 1990s.

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2:30pm

Thu January 13, 2011
World Cafe

Dale Watson On World Cafe

When Dale Watson came to Nashville to record his new record Carryin’ On, he didn't subscribe to "Nashville’s definition of country music.” Though he's always defied convention, Watson decided to step outside of his own boundaries for his latest release. Recorded at Nashville’s Hilltop Studios, Watson used legendary Nashville session players Lloyd Green, Hargus Robbins and Pete Wade. He also took a more matured approached to this album -- singing of family and loosening grips on everything that ultimately can't be controlled.

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2:38pm

Wed January 12, 2011
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Brad On World Cafe

Officially forming in 1992, the Seattle band Brad has been in and out of the picture for years. With members Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Shawn Smith (Pigeonhed and Satchel), Regan Hagar (Satchel and Malfunkshun) and Jeremy Toback working with multiple bands and side projects at once, it's been difficult for Brad to survive the tumult. But no matter how long the hiatuses last, Brad always seems to gravitate back together and work on new material.

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2:30pm

Tue January 11, 2011
World Cafe

Peter Case On World Cafe

Self-described autodidact and three-time Grammy nominee Peter Case has seen it all. As a young musician, he dropped out of high school to travel and make music. He ended up in California, where he built a reputation through a series of bands, including power-pop legends The Nerves. Case eventually found lasting success when he went solo in the mid-1980s.

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