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

Thu March 3, 2011
World Cafe

Wanda Jackson On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu March 31, 2011 12:30 pm

Wanda Jackson recently performed with Jack White on World Cafe.
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Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Wanda Jackson is widely regarded as a driving force behind rock music as far back as the 1950s. As one of the leading female figures in the genre, she has topped an otherwise male-dominated field with her daring voice, personality and outfits. Fusing together elements of country — she's known as one of America's first major female country singers — and rockabilly, Jackson became a treasured voice among country and rock lovers for the next 60 years.

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2:30pm

Wed March 2, 2011
World Cafe

Lissie On World Cafe

Singer-songwriter Lissie Maurus, who was born and raised in Rock Island, Ill., next to the Mississippi River, is known for her soulful, blues-infused Americana songs. The nature-loving, solitude-seeking Midwesterner began writing music in high school after picking up the guitar and quickly began performing in various coffee shops and open mics.

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2:30pm

Tue March 1, 2011
World Cafe

James Vincent McMorrow On World Cafe

Though the intrigue was always there, James Vincent McMorrow didn't decide to pick up a guitar until he was 19. His growing fascination with singing and songwriting was a pretty big shift from his affinity for heavy metal, but he quickly found a home in the pop world. According to McMorrow, he "just learned to play as many instruments as I could and listened to as many singers as I could... when I got to about (age) 19, 20, I started listening to singers. I normally just listened to bands."

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2:30pm

Mon February 28, 2011
World Cafe

The Rural Alberta Advantage On 'World Cafe: Next'

Stemming from rural Alberta, Canada, the three members of The Rural Alberta Advantage first met by hosting open stage nights at The Winchester. Jokingly stating that they were the reason the 120-year-old venue shut down, the trio — composed of Nils Edenloff, Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt — explores heartbreak through pop-tinged indie-folk.

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9:00am

Mon February 28, 2011
World Cafe

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

Intimate and hushed, Sharon Van Etten's folk tunes tend to quiet any room she plays them in. These are the type of nuanced songs that can render a crowd breathless.

Van Etten was introduced to an eclectic blend of folk and rock 'n' roll while growing up in Nashville. She worked her way to Brooklyn, and after a national tour in support of her debut album, Because I Was In Love, she turned to Epic, a seven-song LP that was one of NPR Music's favorite records of 2010.

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