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!

Rayland Baxter On World Cafe

Sep 3, 2015

Rayland Baxter grew up in Nashville; he's the son of steel player Bucky Baxter, whose career included a lengthy stint with Bob Dylan. The younger Baxter spent his formative years hanging with another kid whose dad was on the road a lot: Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle.

Rayland Baxter's songwriting has evolved on his new second album Imaginary Man. He brings his full band in to perform live in the World Cafe studio — they even cover a song from Neil Young's classic album On The Beach.

The Mekons On World Cafe

Sep 2, 2015

The Mekons' devoted following and long history — the band formed in 1977 — has inspired a new documentary film called The Revenge Of The Mekons.

Boxed In On World Cafe

Sep 1, 2015

Boxed In is the work of London's Oli Bayston, whose musical goal has been to play the electronic and house music he loves in a band with more rock interaction. No loops and no click-tracks; just a drummer who keeps perfect time. Here, Bayston and company perform songs from their self-titled debut.

World Cafe Next: GospelbeacH

Aug 31, 2015

Pacific Surf Line, out Oct. 3, is a sunny, breezy debut from the group GospelbeacH. The band's members have been part of Beachwood Sparks, Further, The Tyde, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and Everest, among others. With the buoyant, country-influenced sound of Beachwood Sparks in mind, these musicians clearly clicked in the studio, as you'll hear in the two songs featured here.

Django Django On World Cafe

Aug 31, 2015

World Cafe's live guest, the band Django Django, has a new album called Born Under Saturn, which follows 2012's self-titled debut. Django Django's members, who met at Edinburgh University in Scotland, were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for that record.

Sam Beam & Ben Bridwell On World Cafe

Aug 20, 2015

On this episode of World Cafe, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses perform each other's songs.

Josh Rouse On World Cafe

Aug 19, 2015

Born in Nebraska, Josh Rouse released his first album in Nashville in 1998, at age 26. Now, 17 years later, Rouse has a new album called The Embers Of Time. This one, too, was recorded mostly in Nashville, but also in Spain, where he moved in 2005. He still lives there with his wife, Spanish artist Paz Suay.

Calexico On World Cafe

Aug 18, 2015

What started in the '90s as a collaboration between drummer John Convertino and singer-songwriter Joey Burns has ended up, some 20 years later, as the tremendous and seasoned band Calexico. Here, the duo performs a live set from the stage of World Cafe Live, recorded during last spring's NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia.

World Cafe Next: Martha Scanlan

Aug 17, 2015

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a folksinger who has been living on a family ranch in Montana for the last five years. Her name is Martha Scanlan, and after releasing her first two albums, she embraced a rural lifestyle with no music on her mind. But music came anyway.

The Bird And The Bee On World Cafe

Aug 17, 2015

It's hard not to use the word "effervescent" when describing the jazzy pop music of The Bird And The Bee. The duo of singer Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin started working together in 2006, and since then Kurstin has worked with the likes of Sia and Lily Allen, while George has begun singing with The Living Sisters.

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