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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!

World Cafe Next: Sunflower Bean

Jan 11, 2016

The New York band Sunflower Bean rocks harder than its name might suggest. Together as a trio since 2013, the band buzzes and chimes psychedelically on its first full-length album, Human Ceremony. As lead singer and bassist Julia Cumming puts it, in describing the stylistic pull within Sunflower Bean's music, "You're allowed to obsess over Black Sabbath as well as The Cure.

Jeff Lynne's ELO On World Cafe

Jan 8, 2016

This past August, Jeff Lynne released Alone In The Universe, the first new ELO album in 14 years. In this session, Lynne explains how ELO's performance at a 2014 benefit concert in Hyde Park inspired him to make a new album. ELO is known for its 30- to 40-person orchestras, which allowed Lynne to produce such a full sound, but in today's session he confesses to the fatigue that comes with doing it all the time.

Latin Roots: Andean Music

Jan 7, 2016

For this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Catalina Maria Johnson discusses the importance and influence of Andean music, both old and new. We'll hear the song that inspired Paul Simon's "El Condor Pasa" with the classic sound of Peruvian pipes and more. Hear the complete segment above and check out the Andean Music Spotify Playlist for more.

Jesse Malin On World Cafe

Jan 7, 2016

Lifelong rocker Jesse Malin was born in Queens and formed the hardcore band Heart Attack when he was 12. More than a decade later, in 1991, he became the leader of the glam- and punk-influenced band D Generation, which recently re-formed to tour and is releasing its first album of new music in more than 15 years later this year.

Flamin' Groovies On World Cafe

Jan 6, 2016

After getting its start in San Francisco in 1965 and holding onto an early-'50s rock sound that was out of place with the psychedelic ballroom scene, the Flamin' Groovies gained more fame in the early '70s when Cyril Jordan took sole control from original member Roy Loney.

Phil Cook On World Cafe

Jan 5, 2016

Phil Cook returns to World Cafe, but this time he's not supporting M.C. Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger. Instead, he's here to perform songs from his first solo album, Southland Mission. Three years in the making, the album is also the first solo release from a member of Megafaun, Cook's psychedelic folk band with friends who'd moved to North Carolina from Eau Claire, Wisc.

World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

Jan 4, 2016

Kick off the new year by meeting Marlon Williams, a stunning artist from New Zealand. After growing up in a Maori household, Williams went to university to study classical music, but ultimately left to chase other creative pursuits.

Williams' stylistically diverse debut album, out internationally Feb. 19, is held together by the singer's fluid voice and the way he emotionally inhabits his songs. Download the audio segment to get two songs, but remember that they represent only a couple of facets of this remarkable performer.

World Cafe's 2016 Preview

Jan 4, 2016

As we put 2015 to rest, World Cafe invites NPR Music's Ann Powers to take a look at musical offerings for the new year. Several major, established artists have announced new releases — including David Bowie, who has a marvelous, jazz-informed album called Blackstar coming out Jan. 8. Powers also spotlights a new release from Lucinda Williams, as well as a set of covers that the late Jeff Buckley recorded as demos and a new album from Philadelphia's Santigold.

World Cafe's Best Of 2015

Dec 29, 2015

More than 200 bands were featured on World Cafe this year, including many incredible sessions. This week on the show, we're re-airing eight of the best guest performances of 2015. Listen back to each one from the archives below.

Your Christmas celebration is about to get funkier — and, it goes without saying, better. Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, one of the world's top soul bands ever since the release of Dap Dipping in 2002, has released a joy-packed album for the season — titled It's A Holiday Soul Party — and recently visited World Cafe to perform its songs live.