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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2:27pm

Thu September 5, 2013
World Cafe

Latin Roots: Joe Arroyo

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:35 am

Colombian singer Joe Arroyo (left) arrives at the Latin Grammy awards in 2008.
Michael Buckner Getty Images
  • Latin Roots On World Cafe

In this installment of our Latin Roots series, The Latin Alternative co-host Ernesto Lechner discusses his favorite singer, an influential Colombian musician named Joe Arroyo.

Arroyo began singing at age 10 in the whorehouses of Cartagena. He was discovered by Fruko (a.k.a. Julio Ernesto Estrada) when he was a teenager and soon joined the salsa player's band, Fruko Y Sus Tesos.

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1:08pm

Thu September 5, 2013
World Cafe

James Cotton On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:30 pm

James Cotton
Christopher Durst Courtesy of the artist

Harmonica master James Cotton is a giant of the blues. Born in 1935 on a cotton plantation in Tunica, Miss., he learned the instrument from Sonny Boy Williamson, who had a radio program right across the river in West Helena, Ark. After listening to the show and imitating him on a harmonica, Cotton met Williamson, who took him under his wing.

At 15, Cotton met and played with Howlin' Wolf, who took him to record at Sun Studios in Memphis. Later, while on tour, Muddy Waters asked Cotton to replace Junior Wells in his band; Cotton stayed on the road with Waters for a dozen years.

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1:01pm

Wed September 4, 2013
World Cafe

Natalia Clavier On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:30 pm

Natalia Clavier.
Courtesy of the artist

There was never any doubt that Argentine vocalist Natalia Clavier could sing. She's been proving that for years, performing jazz and serving as the anonymous voice on hundreds of techno and dance songs, most recorded when she lived in Barcelona after moving there from Buenos Aires. For years, she's also been the go-to live voice for Thievery Corporation, and she remains part of its live act.

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1:01pm

Wed September 4, 2013
World Cafe

Youth Lagoon On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:30 pm

Youth Lagoon performs live at NPR Music's SXSW showcase in March 2013.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Youth Lagoon is the work of Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers. The title of his first album, 2011's The Year of Hibernation, captures what was going on: a solo bedroom project that explored the theme of emerging from isolation. It sounded great, and the positive response got Powers out of the bedroom and on the road for a year.

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12:11pm

Tue September 3, 2013
World Cafe

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:31 pm

Houndmouth.
Courtesy of the artist

Houndmouth is a rootsy rock band from New Albany, Ind., right across the river from Louisville. In an age of loops, samples and all things digital, Houndmouth is a refreshingly straightforward rock band with guitars, B-3 and all members singing in harmony.

The group recently released its debut album, From the Hills Below the City. Hear Houndmouth perform four of its songs on this installment of World Cafe.

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