Fri October 7, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: The Beatles

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 9:52 pm

The Beatles, left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, producer George Martin, John Lennon.

Chris Ware Getty Images

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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Thu October 6, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Singer-Songwriters

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:54 pm

Left to right: Aimee Mann, Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega.

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On today's jam-packed session, host David Dye takes us on a journey through the singer-songwriter movement of the 1990s, with artists who were at the forefront of the World Cafe program in its infancy.

We hear from Suzanne Vega, seen by many as the standard-bearer for this moment in music with her impeccable knack for storytelling in a neo-folk style. She stopped by the studio in 1993, in the wake of "Tom's Diner," one of her most popular hits.

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Thu October 6, 2011
Music Interviews

Radiohead: Everything In Its Right Place

Thom Yorke at Radiohead's Sept. 28 concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York.

Kevin Mazur WireImage

Radiohead's first hit, "Creep," was everywhere in 1993. The band could have reacted as many other modern-rock acts did in the '90s: by repeating the same old sound, album after album, before fading into the background. Instead, the group made each record a reinvention, from the spare and haunting Kid A to In Rainbows, which sounded, well, sexy. It's all helped make Radiohead one of the most inventive and important bands in the world.

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Thu October 6, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Fountains Of Wayne: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 7:00 am

Amanda Steen NPR
  • Audio Only: Fountains Of Wayne's Tiny Desk Concert

Fountains of Wayne has always been slightly miscast as a chipper band of power-pop ironists, thanks in part to the omnipresence of the 2003 novelty hit "Stacy's Mom." But even that song is infused with a melancholy churn: Sure, "Stacy's Mom" makes light of adolescent desire and delusion, but songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger still find a way to relate to the raw, unrequited want that exists at the core of every undersexed teenager — and in the spirit of everyone who's

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Wed October 5, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:54 pm

Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.

Larry Busacca Getty Images

Over the years, World Cafe has seen its share of guitar gods.

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