World Cafe

Weeknights, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight

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!

World Cafe Next: Emil Friis

20 hours ago

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a Danish singer-songwriter named Emil Friis, who's just released a dark, vibe-driven album called Sand In Your Eyes. Friis originally wrote this music for a French gangster film that didn't pan out before it became his new album.

Friis aims for a combination of Ennio Morricone's dusty landscapes and Lee Hazlewood's vocals. Hear and download two of his songs here, or through the World Cafe podcast.

The Suffers On World Cafe

21 hours ago

World Cafe's studio as rarely as crowded as it is during this session with the 10-piece Houston soul band The Suffers. An impeccably proficient group, it's got a tight rhythm section, airtight horn parts and a dynamic, energetic frontwoman in Kam Franklin.

Nora Jane Struthers On World Cafe

Apr 16, 2015

Nora Jane Struthers might never have become a professional musician were it not for a moment of euphoria at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Struthers had gone to school to study education — and was actually working as a teacher in Brooklyn — when she turned around to face away from the stage at Telluride. When she saw the crowd and the mountains, she decided to follow her heart and head to Nashville to make music.

Greg Holden On World Cafe

Apr 15, 2015

Greg Holden isn't a name everyone knows — at least not yet — but his work has reached a massive audience. His song "Home" was a massive hit for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips a few years ago.

A U.K. singer-songwriter, Holden put out his own crowd-financed album in 2012, and is now making his major-label debut with Chase The Sun. On this episode of World Cafe, he performs a few songs and tells the story of how he took the money he made from "Home" to finance a backpacking trip to India.

Tobias Jesso Jr. On World Cafe

Apr 14, 2015

Piano-playing singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has seen his fortunes in the music business improve dramatically. The singer-songwriter recently put out his first album, Goon, which has received rave reviews and even been tweeted by Adele. But his career didn't take off until after he'd given up: In 2012, while recovering from a breakup in L.A., he was hit by a car, which impaled his hand on its hood ornament. While lying there, he saw a thief abscond with his bike. The next morning, he learned that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer.

World Cafe Next: Hop Along

Apr 14, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is Philadelphia's Hop Along, a band that evolved from the solo freak-folk recordings singer Frances Quinlan made while still in high school. The music on Painted Shut, Hop Along's first album for a national label, is no one's folk music — it's brash and powerful, led by Frances' intense, almost abrasive vocals.

Laura Marling On World Cafe

Apr 13, 2015

U.K. singer-songwriter Laura Marling has had a packed career since she released her 2008 debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim, while still a teenager. Each subsequent record has been a critically acclaimed worldwide hit; her fifth full-length, Short Movie, came out last month.

Latin Roots: Essential Boleros

Apr 9, 2015

To hear Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson tell it, the bolero is everywhere — and not just in the Spanish-speaking world. The bolero, like so many Latin styles, originated in Cuba, but it's since spread around the world.

For her look at essential boleros, Johnson plays two songs you probably know, but may not know as boleros: the international standard "Besame Mucho" and the English-language ballad "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" from Dinah Washington.

Will Butler On World Cafe

Apr 9, 2015

Will Butler, the keyboard player and jack-of-all-instruments for Arcade Fire, has been playing smaller stages lately and liking it. Arcade Fire plays sheds and festivals — led by his brother, singer Win Butler — but he's been playing 150-seat clubs as a solo artist who's just released his debut album, Policy.

Matthew E. White On World Cafe

Apr 8, 2015

A few years ago, Matthew E. White and his crew formed a production company and studio in Richmond, Va., and called the enterprise Spacebomb. White and Spacebomb's first album, 2012's Big Inner, was produced primarily as a demo to showcase the group's strengths.

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