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 February 1, 2011
World Cafe

Jake Shimabukuro On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue February 1, 2011 12:30 pm

One of the the world's top ukulele players, Jake Shimabukuro wows his audiences with intricate strumming and plucking, overwhelming enthusiasm and an electrifying stage presence. He began to play the ukulele at the tender age of 4 while living in Hawaii. He strummed along to all sorts of rock and pop he heard on the radio; he also learned to play an array of other instruments (piano, drums, classical guitar) to develop his ukulele skills.

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2:00pm

Mon January 31, 2011
World Cafe

Charlie Louvin On World Cafe

Charlie Louvin, half of the legendary Louvin Brothers and oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, died Wednesday, Jan. 26 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

The Louvin Brothers were mainstays on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s and '60s, and their harmonies influenced countless alternative country artists, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and The Byrds.

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6:21pm

Fri January 28, 2011
World Cafe

Amos Lee On World Cafe

An elementary school teacher turned musician, Philadelphia's Amos Lee takes his inspiration from the soul and folk artists of the '70s, including John Prine, Neil Young, James Taylor and Bill Withers.

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2:30pm

Thu January 27, 2011
World Cafe

Duffy On World Cafe

Before she was a part of the modern British Invasion, neo-soul singer Duffy was just another struggling artist. Working as a waitress during the day, she recorded songs at night and learned to make music by herself. Her debut album, Rockferry, was four years in the making, and well worth the effort. It soared up the album charts and substantiated Duffy's place in the industry.

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2:30pm

Wed January 26, 2011
World Cafe

Bilal On World Cafe

Growing up in Philadelphia, Bilal Oliver (better known as Bilal) lived in a world full of church music, soul and jazz. Taking his passion to New York, he performed frequently at night clubs, eventually forming strong relationships with artists such as Common, The Roots, Q-Tip and J Dilla.

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