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!

Today we have a lengthy conversation with The Tallest Man on Earth, the stage name for Swedish artist Kristian Matsson, as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm continues. Matsson started making folk-inspired music on his own in 2006, recording by himself and giving charismatic one-man performances. He added instruments and other players for the first time on his new album, Dark Bird Is Home, expanding the sonic possibilities.

Our former World Cafe: Next artists Small Feet are our guests as part of our Sense of Place — Stockholm series. Songwriter Simon Stålhamre, who leads the band, has been making music from an early age, but he only recently got the courage to make his first album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean.

Peter Bjorn and John, the band that brought whistling back to pop music with their 2006 hit "Young Folks" and its award-winning video, are our first guests as our Sense of Place visit to Stockholm begins. This session was recorded at X-Level studio in Stockholm with our World Cafe travel adventurers in attendance. The band has not released a new album in four years and is still in the midst of writing a new one, making this live performance even more exciting.

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is an LA band centered on the songwriting and vision of Trevor Beld Jimenez. The band achieves a barefoot, breezy looseness with their music, and it makes sense that Jimenez has a love for the LA music scene of the 1970s. This comes through on Tightropes, the album released earlier this year, especially with Jimenez's clear, wandering voice.

The Deslondes On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2015

Although it sure sounds it, nothing the New Orleans roots band The Deslondes does is easy. It's not easy to seamlessly play such a variety of music, from country to R&B and everything in between — and it's certainly not easy to have five singers and writers in one band and to operate as a collective.

Penelope Spheeris On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2015

The 1980s in LA were a tumultuous time musically. A number of homegrown movements formed in reaction to the over-produced, corporate music scene, and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris was there to document these beginnings with a series of three extraordinary films titled The Decline of Western Civilization. The first is on the LA punk scene and came out to unanimous praise in 1979. She used extreme filmmaking methods, got inside the nascent scene with her camera and at times seemingly dove off the stage in small venues.

World Cafe Next: Kevin Gordon

Jul 20, 2015

Our World Cafe: Next artist Kevin Gordon has been releasing albums since 2001, and his new one coming out in September, Long Gone Time, is a great example of the swampy rock he favors. Pay attention to his lyrics: After a punk rock youth in Monroe, La., he went on to graduate with a master's from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Gordon lives in Nashville now, and he can't shake his love of punk, poetry or Southern blues.

Warren Haynes On World Cafe

Jul 20, 2015

Warren Haynes is best known for playing lead guitar for Gov't Mule and being in the final lineup of The Allman Brothers Band, who recently put their career to bed with a last series of concerts at The Beacon Theater in New York. Meanwhile, Haynes has been making solo studio albums, each with a distinct style. His last one, 2011's Man in Motion, was his soul album.

For World Cafe's latest Latin Roots segment, Ernesto Lechner from The Latin Alternative is here to discuss progressive salsa. This 1970s music was influenced by the burgeoning prog-rock movement in the U.K. and the U.S., and, as Lechner puts it, there was a conscious effort to be as experimental as possible. He'll play a couple of examples (and include a Spotify playlist) on this page.