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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2:30pm

Tue July 12, 2011
World Cafe

Sarah Jarosz On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue July 12, 2011 3:18 pm

Bluegrass-inspired singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz performs on today's World Cafe.
Scott Simontacchi Courtesy of the artist

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz made a name for herself as a bluegrass prodigy, releasing her debut album in 2009 at the age of 18.

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2:30pm

Fri July 8, 2011
World Cafe

My Morning Jacket On World Cafe

My Morning Jacket perform live on today's World Cafe.
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In the past decade, the members of My Morning Jacket have gradually transformed from devotees of country-tinged classic rock to fearless sonic explorers, incorporating elements of psychedelia, funk, prog, reggae and metal into their eclectic repertoire.

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2:30pm

Thu July 7, 2011
World Cafe

Foster The People On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 7:00 am

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Los Angeles's Foster the People seemingly appeared out of nowhere, taking the blogosphere and Top 40 radio by storm with the viral single "Pumped Up Kicks," a breezy summer jam with a subtly sinister edge.

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2:00pm

Wed July 6, 2011
World Cafe

Lykke Li On World Cafe

Lykke Li performs live on today's World Cafe.
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Since her 2008 debut, Sweden's Lykke Li has built an impressive resume. Her songs have been featured on the soundtrack of Twilight and covered by the cast of Glee, and she's worked with an all-star cast of remixers and collaborators including Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Beck.

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2:30pm

Tue July 5, 2011
World Cafe

Jessica Lea Mayfield on World Cafe

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs four songs from her new album on today's World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Jessica Lea Mayfield's latest album, Tell Me, is a dark affair, full of wry, yet powerfully moving tales of bitterness and heartbreak. Mayfield began performing at a young age with her family's bluegrass band, One Way Rider.

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