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

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:33pm
    Pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith visits host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The longtime Minneapolis favorite rose to national attention in 2010 with the acclaimed disc, The Reluctant Graveyard, and now he returns with Heart Murmurs. We'll hear some of the new songs live today, plus Messersmith shares about his songwriting process.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 10:13am
    The Pixies join host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Debuting in 1987, they became indie icons with albums like Surfer Rosa and Doolittle before going on a twelve-year hiatus. Last year, The Pixies recorded new music that has so far been released on two EPS. We'll hear some of those songs live, as well as old hits, and they discuss the recent departure of original bassist, Kim Deal.
  • Monday, March 31, 2014 9:03am
    On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, Michaela Majoun welcomes Lake Street Dive. After nearly a decade together, it was their recent show-stopping performance in the documentary Another Day, Another Time that captured wide-spread attention. They released a new album, Bad Self Portraits, just last month, and today Lake Street Dive play live and recall their start as jazz students.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:33am
    Hurray For The Riff Raff visit host David Dye on World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Lead singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra left her Bronx home at age 17 to ride the rails across the country before landing in New Orleans. Now, her band has released their debut Americana album, Small Town Heroes. In this episode, Hurray For The Riff Raff perform live and Segarra talks about her unconventional musical education.
  • Monday, March 17, 2014 3:13pm
    Dumpstaphunk join host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville, originally formed the band for a New Orleans Jazz Fest appearance, but they've continued playing together for a decade. As explained in today's interview, Dumpstaphunk worked with guests like Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ani DiFranco on their new album, plus we'll hear live songs from Dirty Word.

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3:30pm

Tue July 19, 2011
World Cafe

The Low Anthem On World Cafe

The Low Anthem.
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The Low Anthem's markedly pleasant tunes contain some of the sweetest sounds in modern Americana. The band's music features husky vocals, poetic lyrics, rich harmonies, even some heavy blues guitar. In concert, the group has been known to forgo PA systems and amplification in order to blend with its surroundings.

Hear three songs from the Rhode Island foursome recorded live at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, as well as an interview with founding members Ben Knox Miller and Jeffrey Prystowsky.

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2:30pm

Tue July 19, 2011
World Cafe

Chris Bathgate On World Cafe

Michigan singer-songwriter Chris Bathgate performs on today's World Cafe.
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Chris Bathgate is a singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, Mich., whose melancholy indie-folk has earned him a loyal following in the Midwest and beyond. His stark yet lovely new album, Salt Year, has been compared to like-minded songwriters Damien Jurado and Will Oldham.

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2:30pm

Fri July 15, 2011
World Cafe

Beady Eye On World Cafe

Beady Eye perform live on today's World Cafe.
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In the 1990s, megahits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" made Oasis the most popular band of the Britpop era. Meanwhile, the group was plagued by disputes between its famously contentious leaders, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. When Noel permanently split from the band in 2009, the remaining members reformed as Beady Eye, releasing their '60s-inspired debut Different Gear, Still Speeding in February.

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2:30pm

Thu July 14, 2011
World Cafe

Okkervil River On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 12:48 pm

Hear an in-depth interview with Okkervil River's Will Scheff (left) and Patrick Pestorius (center) on today's World Cafe.
Alexandra Valenti Courtesy of the artist

Austin's critically acclaimed band Okkervil River seem to outdo itself with each new release. The group's grand, emotionally gripping arrangements and witty, literate lyrics have earned comparisons to rock 'n' roll greats like Elvis Costello, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen.

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2:30pm

Wed July 13, 2011
World Cafe

Diego Garcia On World Cafe

Diego Garcia performs live on today's World Cafe.
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Diego Garcia first rose to prominence in the New York indie rock scene as frontman of the moody post-punk group Elefant. When Elefant split in 2010, Garcia pursued a solo career, culminating in the release of his debut album, Laura, earlier this year.

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