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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9:09am

Mon February 6, 2012
World Cafe

Polica On 'World Cafe: Next'

Channy Casselle of Polica combines jazz, blues and electronic elements with AutoTuned vocals for a chilling effect.
Colin Kerrigan

Polica's sound is crisp, minimalist and mesmerizing. Singer Channy Leaneagh plays her voice like an instrument, using AutoTune both in the studio and at live shows to manipulate her vocals. Against the sliding violins, saxophone solos, relaxed bass and dueling drums of Polica, it's hard to believe that before this, Leaneagh sang folk music for six years in her previous band, Roma di Luna.

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2:23pm

Fri February 3, 2012
World Cafe

Girls On World Cafe

Girls is known for its familiar, urgent, refreshingly simple music.
Sandy Kim

Girls' 2011 album Father, Son, Holy Ghost strikes a careful balance between creating music that sounds classic and writing something that's already been done. Ever since Girls' debut, Album, the band has been writing and recording music that's familiar, urgent and refreshingly simple.

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1:20pm

Thu February 2, 2012
World Cafe

JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound On World Cafe

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
Roper Courtesy of Bloodshot Records

JC Brooks and his band The Uptown Sound have made a name for themselves by bringing back the essentials of 1970s soul. Blending rock and R&B from the early '70s — with nods to the underground punk and hip-hop movements of the same period — the group is known for its classically retro sound. Guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein and bassist Ben Taylor provide the nitty-gritty groundwork for JC Brooks, a singer with funk flowing through his veins.

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2:44pm

Wed February 1, 2012
World Cafe

Centro-Matic On World Cafe

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 8:39 am

Centro-Matic.
Matt Pence

The celebrated alt-country group Centro-Matic hails from Denton, Texas. What began as a side project for singer-songwriter and guitarist Will Johnson in the 1990s soon grew into a full-fledged band. With 20 albums in just 14 years, Centro-Matic has built a solid reputation for playful yet masterful, country-infused rock. With Matt Pence, Scott Danborn and Mark Hedman supporting Johnson's quick wit and pop influences, Centro-Matic's catalog exudes both boundless energy and emotional restraint.

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3:23pm

Tue January 31, 2012
World Cafe

CANT On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 3:17 pm

Chris Taylor, who has worked with Grizzly Bear and others, now performs under the name CANT.
Bek Andersen

Chris Taylor may not be a household name, but you've probably encountered some of his work. Taylor was the bassist, producer and backing vocalist of Grizzly Bear on Yellow House and Veckatimest, in addition to running his own record label, Terrible Records.

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