World Cafe

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From live in-studio performances and interviews with top musicians to new and undiscovered artists from around the globe –World Cafe is the place to hear contemporary popular music!

Weaves On World Cafe

Oct 5, 2016

The Toronto art-rock quartet Weaves released its self-titled debut album this past summer. It's filled with quirky, angular melodies; lead singer Jasmyn Burke's rhythmic, deadpan delivery; and an enervating sense that things could fall apart at any moment. Along with Burke, the band includes guitarist Morgan Waters, drummer Spencer Cole and bassist Zach Bines. When Weaves performs live, the visual focus is Burke's frenetic movement. But she's only one piece of the four-part musical show —...

Kaia Kater On World Cafe

Oct 4, 2016

Canadian banjo player and songwriter Kaia Kater draws on the influences of both Canadian folk music and her Afro-Caribbean roots. In this session, Kater discusses her multicultural influences and what it was like to grow up playing an instrument that might not have been the coolest. She also talks about the difference in sound between her debut and her latest album, Nine Pin , and performs songs from each. Copyright 2016 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit WXPN-FM .

case/lang/veirs On World Cafe

Oct 3, 2016

The supergroup case/lang/veirs comprises singer-songwriters Neko Case , k.d. lang and Laura Veirs . Each is a well-established artist in the world of folk and alt-country in her own right, and their individual styles all emerge on their first, self-titled album, produced by Veirs' husband, Tucker Martine. In this session, hear live performances and a conversation about how the three came together so spectacularly. Copyright 2016 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit WXPN-FM .

Shovels & Rope On World Cafe

Sep 30, 2016

The last album of original songs from the Charleston, S.C., band Shovels & Rope was 2014's Swimmin' Time . The duo put out an album of covers in 2015, but for the forthcoming album Little Seeds , it was time for Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent to put in some writin' time. As Hearst and Trent made Little Seeds , they often had to contend with the challenge of having their newborn in the next room. They persevered, perhaps concentrating a little harder due to the...

Hear three sessions recorded during World Cafe 's yearly visit to the Camp Stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. This year's event, the 55th annual installment of the festival, took place Aug. 18-21, 2016. Liz Longley

Singer-songwriter Liz Longley recently released her new album Weightless , produced by Band Of Horses bassist Bill Reynolds . Longley, who's originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, moved to Nashville in 2011 and put...

In October 2014, World Cafe ventured to Lafayette, La., with a camera crew under the direction of filmmaker Robert Mugge , who would turn the trip into the documentary Zydeco Crossroads . The documentary captures the state of the Creole music scene in and around Lafayette through a series of live performances and interviews I did with some of the great musicians of zydeco, including C.J. Chenier , Chubby Carrier, Nathan Williams, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Creole United and...

Jon Cleary On World Cafe

Sep 27, 2016

If you've seen Bonnie Raitt live, chances are you saw Jon Cleary at the piano. Cleary's New Orleans-style playing has been a part of Raitt's show for years, and he continues to be a beloved fixture of the Crescent City. The Englishman is also an in-demand session musician who's recorded with Eric Clapton , B.B. King , Taj Mahal and others. In this session, hear Cleary and his band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, perform songs from his Grammy-winning album GoGo Juice . You'll also...

World Cafe Next: Brent Cobb

Sep 26, 2016

Brent Cobb is from rural Georgia, but he's been paying the bills as a songwriter in Nashville for the last 10 years. These days, he's an overnight sensation with a major-label debut produced by his cousin Dave Cobb . The simply produced, largely acoustic Shine On Rainy Day is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson 's debut for its importance, of Billy Joe Shaver for its down-home intelligence and even of James Taylor for its deceptively lazy delivery. Hear two songs in this segment, and...

Kyle Craft On World Cafe

Sep 26, 2016

Kyle Craft 's music encompasses a diverse set of influences. Originally from Shreveport, La., his voice carries southern cadences and his songs revolve around distinct characters and situations that could only be from that town by the Mississippi. But you also hear the influences of David Bowie , under whose spell Craft fell at a young age, and of Craft's adopted hometown of Portland, Ore. That's where he made his outstanding debut album, Dolls Of Highland , with producers Brandon...

The long, hot summer comes to an end today — according to the calendar, at least — and here at World Cafe , we're beginning to get into the spirit of the changing seasons. Feeling the autumnal vibes, we've selected some of our favorite songs that reflect the transition to the cooler days of fall. Listen below for season-appropriate songs by Joanna Newsom, Simon & Garfunkel, Yo La Tengo and more. Copyright 2016 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit WXPN-FM .