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

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 9:13am
    On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is Courtney Barnett. The Australian singer-songwriter's first full-length is The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. We'll hear some of her lo-fi music and witty lyrics in a live performance today, and Barnett will talk about the stories in her songs, which all come from true events.
  • 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.

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12:44pm

Fri July 1, 2011
World Cafe

The Doobie Brothers On World Cafe

The Doobie Brothers perform live on this episode of World Cafe.
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The Doobie Brothers' chart-topping pop-rock was no doubt the soundtrack to many a summertime road trip during the band's 1970s heyday. This summer, the group is back on the road itself, touring in support of 2010's World Gone Crazy, its first studio album in 10 years. After more than 40 years of performing, the veteran rockers are in fine form, and their songs have a lived-in feel that could only come from years of experience.

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2:00pm

Thu June 30, 2011
World Cafe

Robbie Robertson On World Cafe

Robbie Robertson reflects on the experiences that inspired his latest album in an extensive interview on this World Cafe.
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As guitarist and principle songwriter for The Band, Robbie Robertson has made a lasting impact on Americana music. Since 1968, Robertson has released 14 albums with The Band, including four with Bob Dylan, and five solo records. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and ranked among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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2:30pm

Wed June 29, 2011
World Cafe

Low On World Cafe

Low.
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Since 1993, Low has captivated audiences worldwide with their austere, melancholy, and totally singular sound. Pioneers of the slowcore movement in indie rock, Low countered the sound and fury of grunge with quiet, minimal arrangements centered on the vocal harmonies of husband-and-wife duo Alan Sparhawk (guitar) and Mimi Parker (drums).

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2:30pm

Tue June 28, 2011
World Cafe

Eilen Jewell On World Cafe

Idaho singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell performs live on this episode of World Cafe.
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Eilen Jewell's latest album, Queen of the Minor Key, is a contemporary update on the classic sounds of roots rock, R&B and girl-group pop.

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2:30pm

Fri June 24, 2011
World Cafe

James Blake On World Cafe

London electronic producer James Blake performs live on this episode of World Cafe.
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In little more than a year, 22-year-old London electronic producer James Blake has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the most talked-about new artists around.

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