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!

Birds Of Chicago On World Cafe

Jul 19, 2016

Birds Of Chicago's JT Nero and Allison Russell have been making what they call "secular gospel" records together since 2012. Before that, the now-married couple had worked with other bands — including, in Russell's case, the Canadian roots-music group Po' Girl. The duo's new album, Real Midnight, was produced by Joe Henry.

In this session for World Cafe, Russell and Nero perform songs from the new record and discuss touring as a young family.

World Cafe Next: Pinegrove

Jul 18, 2016

The thoughtful New Jersey indie-rock band Pinegrove is the featured artist on this week's installment of World Cafe: Next. The group features singer-guitarist Evan Stephens Hall, as well as brothers Jack and Nick Levine on drums and guitar, respectively.

Pinegrove's new album, Cardinal, is its sixth — and first since the release of a mixtape in 2010. Hear two of its songs as part of this segment, using the audio link above.

John Doe On World Cafe

Jul 18, 2016

John Doe has been a founding member of the L.A. punk band X, a solo artist, an actor, a member of the folk-rock band The Knitters, and now the author of a new memoir about the early days of L.A. punk, titled Under The Big Black Sun. Doe also has a new album out, titled The Westerner, on which he performs a song with his former wife and fellow X founder, Exene Cervenka.

This week, World Cafe rebroadcasts some of its best sessions from the last several months. Listen in for some conversations and performances that garnered a lot of interest when they originally aired. You'll hear from up-and-comers, such as the gritty blues-rock trio The Record Company, as well as veteran musicians like Lucinda Williams.

Frightened Rabbit On World Cafe

Jul 8, 2016

Upon hearing Frightened Rabbit's 2008 album Midnight Organ Fight, it was easy to fall in love with songwriter and lead singer Scott Hutchison's self-deprecating everyman persona. Still, the U.S. hadn't fully embraced the Glasgow band until its most recent album, Painting Of A Panic Attack, released earlier this year.

Author Bob Mehr has written the biography of The Replacements that fans have been awaiting for a long time. For Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements, he talked with band members, insiders and family members and got the whole story of the Minneapolis band whose disastrous, drunken shows are almost as revered as the transcendent ones.

Seratones On World Cafe

Jul 7, 2016

Shreveport, La.'s Seratones are proof that the governing spirit of punk rock is alive and well in the 21st century. Lead singer A. J. Haynes says that she'd been struggling to sound like Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz vocalists before she met up with the musicians who became Seratones. With them, she found to her great joy that blues-infused punk came much more naturally. Hear the band, which released its debut album in May, perform live in the World Cafe studio.

Heron Oblivion On World Cafe

Jul 6, 2016

Heron Oblivion, which released its self-titled debut album in March, unites former members of loud psychedelic bands from the San Francisco Bay area (Comets On Fire, Sic Alps) with drummer and singer Meg Baird, who comes from an East Coast folk background.

Darrell Scott On World Cafe

Jul 5, 2016

One of Nashville's most in-demand session musicians and songwriters, Darrell Scott has played a wide variety of instruments on countless sessions and recently toured with Robert Plant and Band of Joy. He's also written hit songs for the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and others — all while maintaining his own solo career.

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