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!

After flying into Austin from Bath, England, the psychedelic funk and retro soul band The Heavy performed a high-energy set of songs drawn mostly from its new album, Hurt & The Merciless, out April 1. The album is the group's first new release since 2012 — hence lead singer Kelvin Swaby's comment, "Thanks for being here, we've been away for a while."

The Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches brought a stripped-down setup to its SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase Friday, as it rearranged new and old songs in a nuanced, more minimal fashion compared to the arena-ready sound of the trio's albums. Chvrches peppered its five-song set for VuHaus with songs from its most recent album, Every Open Eye, as well as its 2014 debut, The Bones Of What You Believe.

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.

Madrid garage rockers Hinds closed out the SXSW Radio Day Stage showcase with a spirited and fun set of songs from the band's debut album, Leave Me Alone. The all-women four-piece captures the punky spirit of The Runaways and the pop smarts of The Bangles. Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote lead the band with a magnetic charm that's enhanced by their Spanish accents and irresistible smiles.

Mary Guibert, mother of the late Jeff Buckley, joins World Cafe to share selections from You and I, a newly released set of demos Buckley recorded in 1993. She says her son was in the process of finding his voice during that time, just before the 1994 release of his only studio album, Grace.

Iggy Pop On World Cafe

Mar 18, 2016

Post Pop Depression is the 17th solo album by Iggy Pop, who fronted The Stooges and helped define what became punk rock in the 1970s. The album was released Friday, and he joins World Cafe along with Josh Homme from Queens of The Stone Age, who secretly produced the album in the California desert.

Watch public radio favorites Jack Garratt, Chvrches, The Heavy, Bombino, Lucius and

Aubrie Sellers On World Cafe

Mar 17, 2016

Aubrie Sellers grew up in Nashville, the daughter of singer Lee Ann Womack and writer and sideman Jason Sellers. She's now developing her own sound, which she calls "garage country."

Sellers and her band joined World Cafe to perform songs from her new album, New City Blues, live in the studio. Stream the three-part session above.

Latin Roots: Mexrrissey

Mar 17, 2016

In this episode of Latin Roots, contributor Josh Norek discusses Mexico's fascination with The Smiths lead singer Morrissey, suggesting that Latinos make up the bulk of Morrissey's fans in the United States. Norek says that enthusiasm gave rise to a recent project called Mexrrissey, led by Mexican producer Camilo Lara, which has released an album filled with Latin reinventions of Morrissey's songs.

M. Ward On World Cafe

Mar 16, 2016

M. Ward recently released his new solo album, More Rain, which features doo-wop-style vocals that he says were inspired by his love of The Beach Boys. His Los Angeles roots are apparent in the lyrics of "Girl From Conejo Valley".

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