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!

Benjamin Clementine On World Cafe

Jan 27, 2016

A Mercury Prize-winning musician, Benjamin Clementine worked his way up from playing the streets of Paris to performing in clubs and festivals. Clementine's theatrical voice is often compared to that of Nina Simone, whom the singer admits he didn't know about until people mentioned the comparison.

Korey Dane On World Cafe

Jan 26, 2016

Southern California roots and folk singer-songwriter Korey Dane grew up listening to classic music from The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. But at a young age, he was also introduced to Tom Waits, who was his main inspiration to become a songwriter. Dane says he started writing to get away from the mundane of the day-to-day, and he's never stopped since.

Latin Roots: Essential Divas

Jan 22, 2016

For this Latin Roots segment, Catalina Maria Johnson of the Chicago radio program Beat Latino had the daunting task of picking just three of the many Latin divas to feature. You'll hear from the great Cuban singer Celia Cruz, Mexico's Chavela Vargas and Argentina's Mercedes Sosa.

Stream the complete segment and be sure to check out Johnson's Spotify playlist for more.

Watch: Dr. Dog, Live At World Cafe

Jan 21, 2016

The Philadelphia indie-rock sextet Dr. Dog returns to its formative years with the release of Psychedelic Swamp, a "new old" album that comes out Feb. 5. The collection is a re-recording of the band's long-out-of-print debut, which was produced at home on an 8-track in the late '90s and early '00s and self-released on cassette. Those hard-to-find early recordings capture Dr.

World Cafe Presents: 'Side Tracks'

Jan 19, 2016

Welcome to a week of World Cafe "Side Tracks," where we look back on past guests that came in for a session — not with their best-known band, but with a side project. In each session, we speak to the artists about juggling both acts and the origin story of their "other band." Stream the complete sessions below.

World Cafe Next: Eliza Hardy Jones

Jan 19, 2016

Eliza Hardy Jones has been a fixture on the Philadelphia music scene for years. She was part of the duo Buried Beds in the early 2000s, and has lent assistance on tour with other bands, including Strand Of Oaks. Jones' solo debut, Because Become, is a mature pop album she made with longtime producer Nick Krill, as well as Dave Hartley (who worked with The War On Drugs) and Brian McTear.

G. Love On World Cafe

Jan 15, 2016

Foals On World Cafe

Jan 14, 2016

Yannis Philippakis, lead singer of the U.K. indie-rock band Foals, is known for leaping off balconies at live shows. Though he didn't have the chance to stage-dive in the World Cafe studio, that didn't stop Foals from recording an amazing session of songs from the group's fourth and latest album, What Went Down.

All Songs Considered, the NPR podcast and radio show hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, has been fostering public-radio listeners' musical discovery for 16 years. To celebrate, the two picked their favorite song from each of those 16 years to spotlight in a recent episode of the show.

Darlingside On World Cafe

Jan 13, 2016

Darlingside is a folk-pop group formed at Williams College in western Massachusetts. The band's lovely music is full of layered harmonies and arrangements — a sound you can hear for yourself in this session as the band performs songs from Birds Say, its first nationally released full-length album.

Don't forget to grab a free download of Darlingside's World Cafe performance of "Go Back" below.

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