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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2:48pm

Wed February 29, 2012
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The Soul Rebels On World Cafe

The Soul Rebels infuse elements of brass band sound, marching band dynamics, jazz and soul into their music.
Rick Olivier Courtesy of the artist

The Soul Rebels could not be more aptly named. Formed in the '90s, the band originated within the New Orleans brass-band scene. Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss gathered jazz musicians from around New Orleans to create a sound based in soul and specific performance styles, but with the capacity to evolve. The result rebels against the rules of soul while paying homage to the genre.

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2:17pm

Tue February 28, 2012
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Laura Gibson On World Cafe

Laura Gibson's new album is titled La Grande.
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Laura Gibson's new album, La Grande, is built around a surprising musical contrast: Her hushed voice remains as quiet as ever, but her songs are louder and more complex. Although simplicity and lack of volume characterize Gibson's earlier work, her music today feels bigger without sacrificing intimacy: It meditates on mortality, carrying a weight of seriousness without being heavy. It's dark, but dispensed with a light touch.

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12:48pm

Mon February 27, 2012
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Harriet On 'World Cafe: Next'

Harriet.
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Harriet blends Americana and electronic music to create a sound that embodies the L.A. rock scene: Its debut EP, Tell the Right Story, sounds like a chillwave re-imagination of Kings of Leon or The National. The group combines hoarse vocals, dramatic riffs and electronic flourishes on its debut — available for free on Harriet's website, though probably not for long.

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1:05pm

Fri February 24, 2012
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Nada Surf On World Cafe

Nada Surf.
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On Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, the long-running band alternates between infectious optimism and sweet sadness. In spite of countless label changes, the group has remained remarkably consistent in its 20 years together: Blending good-natured affirmations with catchy pop-rock hooks, Nada Surf sounds like a bunch of fresh-faced kids, albeit unusually wise ones.

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10:12am

Wed February 22, 2012
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Los Campesinos! On World Cafe

Los Campesinos! has earned a reputation for dark humor and danceable beats.
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After first coming together as a trio at Cardiff University in 2006, Los Campesinos! has blossomed into a septet with a reputation for lively indie-rock, in the spirit of everyone from Modest Mouse to Broken Social Scene to Belle and Sebastian. The generous joy in the Los Campesinos!

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