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!

Aero Flynn On World Cafe

Jul 16, 2015

The Eaux Claires music festival — a celebration of the musical community surrounding the Eau Claire, Wis., area — begins Friday, and the World Cafe studios are filled with musicians who call the city home.

Boots On World Cafe

Jul 15, 2015

Jordy Asher, who goes by the name Boots, knows what it's like to work with high-profile artists: He's produced and written for musicians like FKA twigs and Run The Jewels. He didn't come into his own prominence, though, until his name was listed with many tracks on Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album.

John Moreland On World Cafe

Jul 14, 2015

After starting out in the punk scene, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland decided it was best to start writing about himself. That attitude, and a new Americana sound, helped lend depth and honesty to his new album, High On Tulsa Heat. Moreland's World Cafe session is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful in a while — check out the audio link on this page for more.

World Cafe Next: Oscar

Jul 13, 2015

Oscar Scheller is a North London-based purveyor of electronic grooves, creating music in his bedroom that he calls "gangsta melancholy." The resulting sounds, though, are much grander than the space in which they're created. When his work goes out into the world, he drops the last name and records as Oscar.

So far, Oscar has released an EP of songs carried by his rich voice, called Beautiful Words. You can hear and download two of its songs on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

Meg Mac On World Cafe

Jul 13, 2015

Melbourne-based pop singer Meg Mac got her start when her song won an unsigned-artists contest in Triple J Radio's Unearthed competition, which was a big enough deal to jump-start things in Australia. Now, Mac has made her way to the U.S. with a new EP and a cool, powerful performance style.

Lowland Hum On World Cafe

Jul 8, 2015

Lowland Hum's Lauren Plank Groans and Daniel Levi Groans are a married couple from Greensboro, N.C. After they got married, they released their debut album Native Air in 2013, and put out a self-titled follow-up this year.

Wolf Alice On World Cafe

Jul 7, 2015

The North London rock band Wolf Alice, which took its name from an Angela Carter short story, has spent recent the last few years creating serious buzz in the U.K. and beyond. Wolf Alice's new full-length album is titled My Love Is Cool.

Wolf Alice has been labeled many things — post-grunge, alternative rock and so on — but its members call their own sound "distorted pop music," and that works just fine. Here the band plays a live studio set for World Cafe.

World Cafe Next: Small Feet

Jul 6, 2015

World Cafe is traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of July as part of its Sense Of Place series. Consider this episode a little preview, as this week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Swedish band Small Feet.

Saun & Starr On World Cafe

Jul 6, 2015

You may have heard Saun & Starr singing live with The Dap-Kings. Now, these two seasoned former backup singers are taking center stage.

As Fourth Of July weekend approaches, World Cafe wanted to hear about a style of Latin music that had its beginnings — at least in part — here in the U.S. That style is norteño: music that comes from the border between the U.S. and Mexico and is equally popular in both countries.

Ernesto Lechner, journalist and co-host of The Latin Alternative, leads us through the corridos and other music in the still-evolving norteño style.