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

  • Monday, October 13, 2014 8:23am
    Chris Smither is David Dye's guest on the World Cafe. The bluesman, singer, and songwriter has released a new double-disc collection to commemorate his 50 years of music making. It's called Still on the Levee and includes material from throughout his career, re-recorded in his birthplace, New Orleans. He plays for a live audience today and discusses his early days and the advice he would give to his younger self.
  • Monday, October 6, 2014 3:13pm
    Tori Amos is David Dye's guest on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The singer-songwriter who released her breakthrough debut, Little Earthquakes, over 20 years ago has continued to challenge herself, exploring genres from to rock to pop to classical over the years. She talks about her musical experimentation today and performs songs from her new release, Unrepentant Geraldines, in front of an audience at World Cafe Live.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:54pm
    On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Sarah McLachlan. She recently released her first album in four years, called Shine On, and as we'll learn today, it comes after a particularly traumatic time for the Canadian singer-songwriter, with the passing of her father and her marriage ending. Don't miss this in-depth conversation, plus Sarah McLachlan's live performance.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:54pm
    Ought visit host David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. More Than Any Other Day is the new debut album from the four-piece, which formed in Montreal while studying at McGill University in 2012. Their post-punk music was influenced by the student protests that engulfed the city that year, as they'll explain in an insightful interview today. Plus, Ought perform live.
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:54pm
    Host David Dye welcomes Jonathan Wilson on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. His music channels the L.A. folk-rock sound of the '70s, and like-minded bands like Dawes and Father John Misty have sought him out as a producer. A host of collaborators and contributors joined Wilson on his new, second album Fanfare, as he'll discuss today, and Wilson performs with his band before a live audience.

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2:28pm

Mon June 2, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Esme Patterson

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 12:55 pm

Esme Patterson.
Courtesy of the artist

Esme Patterson is a founding member of the Denver folk septet Paper Bird. In 2012, she made her solo debut with All Princes, I, an album of personal songs that she felt didn't fit with the band. This year, Patterson released her second solo record, Woman to Woman. Each track corresponds to a famous song by a male musician about a female character — and is written from the woman's viewpoint instead.

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12:51pm

Tue May 27, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Landlady

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:51 pm

Landlady.
Aleksandra Sasha Arutyunova Courtesy of the artist

The Brooklyn band Landlady will release its first full-length album, Upright Behavior, this summer. Jazz enthusiast Adam Schatz leads the adventurous five-piece folk-rock band. Hear two songs from Landlady's debut on this edition of World Cafe: Next.

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3:23pm

Mon May 19, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Haley Bonar

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:15 pm

Haley Bonar.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is 31-year-old Minnesotan Haley Bonar. She was discovered at 19 by Alan Sparhawk of Low at an open mic in Duluth, Minn., and is about to release her fifth album, Last War. Here, we play two of its tracks, which you can download at the audio link.

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2:48pm

Mon May 12, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Pattern Is Movement

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:16 pm

Pattern Is Movement.
Courtesy of the artist

Time to embrace the Philadelphia band Pattern is Movement as our World Cafe: Next artist this week. Over the course of five albums, the band has evolved into a two-piece with Andrew Thibodeaux and Chris Ward. There are beautiful, almost baroque aspects of this largely electronic and percussive music on the duo's new self-titled album. We encourage you to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with a couple of songs.

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3:10pm

Mon May 5, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Sonny Knight

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 12:16 pm

Sonny Knight.
Nate Ryan Courtesy of the artist

"These are dreams that I had forgotten. Only now that they are starting to come true do I remember that I had them at all."

These words are from our World Cafe: Next artist this week, Sonny Knight.

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