World Cafe on IPR Studio One

Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Hosted by David Dye

Since 1991, host David Dye has been exploring the frontiers of contemporary music for his listeners on a daily basis. Featuring live performance and interviews with established and emerging artists from across the musical spectrum, "World Cafe" is public radio's most listened to contemporary music program.

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World Cafe
1:30 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Kail Baxley: Music From An Amateur Boxer Who Danced For James Brown

Kail Baxley.
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When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., James Brown used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.

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World Cafe
4:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Next: Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee's new album is titled Cerulean Salt.
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The world is catching up with Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee, and with good reason. Her shows at SXSW, including an NPR showcase, were greeted rapturously. Her new album, Cerulean Salt, is a sonic leap forward from her debut, American Weekend, which was recorded in a bedroom in Alabama.

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World Cafe
1:33 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Calexico On World Cafe

Calexico.
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It's not easy to pin a single genre on Calexico. Joey Burns and John Convertino's band blends Americana, Tejano and indie rock music. Burns and Convertino began recording under the name — borrowed from the California border town — in 1996 in Tucson, Ariz., and have released several well-received albums, including this year's Algiers.

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World Cafe
10:36 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Ben Sollee On World Cafe

Ben Sollee.
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There's not much about Ben Sollee's career that could be described as conventional. The singer-songwriter's primary instrument is the cello, and his work ranges from traditional classical music to Asian folk tunes. Even his preferred method of transportation on tour deviates from the norm; he's been known to travel from one show to the next on a bicycle with his cello strapped to the back.

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World Cafe
2:17 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Two Hours Of Jimi Hendrix On World Cafe

The newest collection of Jimi Hendrix material is titled People, Hell and Angels.
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Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 7:47 am

More than 40 years after Jimi Hendrix's death, the guitarist and singer's legacy continues to grow. His label recently released People, Hell and Angels, an album of 12 previously unreleased recordings that Hendrix was working on for a planned follow-up to 1968's Electric Ladyland.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Latin Roots: Mexitrónica

Nortec Collective.
Paige Parsons Courtesy of the artist

With emerging styles that fuse traditional folk and modern genres, Mexico has become a hub for experimentation in music. In this 30th installment of Latin Roots, World Cafe host David Dye explores the prominence of Mexitrónica with Josh Norek, the co-host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated radio program The Latin Alternative.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Toro Y Moi On World Cafe

Toro Y Moi.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Performing and recording under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick draws on elements of soul, jazz, Latin disco, funk and modern pop. With Toro Y Moi's 2010 debut, Causers of This, Bundick became a pioneer of what's often called chillwave.

His new album, Anything in Return, is a set of electro-pop songs enhanced by his smooth vocals. In this installment of World Café, Toro Y Moi plays a few songs from the album and talks about the inspiration behind his lyrics.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Lions On World Cafe

The Lions.
Eric Coleman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 8:22 am

The Lions' members share a strong love of classic, Jamaican-inspired reggae. Hailing from different musical generations, the L.A. band's members craft a unique style which blends hip-hop and reggae with electrifying dub rhythms. Although the lineup has changed since The Lions' beginnings, the music has remained explosive and alluring.

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World Cafe
12:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Billy Bragg On World Cafe

Billy Bragg.
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Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:14 pm

With a career spanning more than 30 years, English musician Billy Bragg blends folk, rock and punk with messages about politics and love. His new album Tooth & Nail is his first release in five years.

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World Cafe
12:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Yo La Tengo On World Cafe

Yo La Tengo.
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Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 2:23 pm

After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-avoidance, the indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo returns with Fade, its first studio album in almost four years. The record, the band's 13th full-length release, features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showcasing Yo La Tengo's stately side.

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World Cafe
12:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Next: Duquette Johnston

Duquette Johnston.
Cary Norton Courtesy of the artist

After a three-year hiatus, Duquette Johnston is back with his upcoming release Rabbit Runs a Destiny.

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World Cafe
1:03 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Local Natives On World Cafe

Local Natives.
Bryan Sheffield Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:31 pm

Local Natives, a Los Angeles-based indie-rock outfit, made a splash in 2009 with its self-funded debut album Gorilla Manor. The band went on tour with Arcade Fire and The National in support of the record, which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 New Artist Chart.

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World Cafe
8:17 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

The Lone Bellow.
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Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:02 pm

Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are The Lone Bellow. Although Williams, the principal songwriter and lead singer, is a native Georgian, the group found its soulful folk-rock sound in Brooklyn. The group recorded its self-titled debut album on the Lower East Side, yet the lyrical, foot-stomping songs could have easily come from the heart of Nashville.

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World Cafe
8:16 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Allah-Las On World Cafe

Los Angeles garage rockers Allah-Las.
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The hazy garage rockers in Allah-Las are distinctly Californian, a group of guys whose lo-fi sound is a direct result of their low-key surroundings. Cool piece of trivia: three of the four men met while working at L.A.'s legendary Amoeba Records.

On today's studio session from World Cafe, the band performs three songs from its self-titled album, which was produced by retro-soul fetishist Nick Waterhouse.

World Cafe
5:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Trixie Whitley On World Cafe

Trixie Whitley.
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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:52 pm

At 25 years old, Trixie Whitley is already a veteran of the music industry. Growing up, she toured the world with her late father, singer-songwriter Chris Whitley, and gained repute as a DJ in Europe, spinning records in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and New York City.

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World Cafe
5:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Next: Birdie Busch And The Greatest Night

Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night.
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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 4:09 pm

Birdie Busch, Philadelphia's whimsical, verse-weaving siren, has always had a way with storytelling. Her lyrics are quirky, candid and infused with a sense of sentimentality.

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World Cafe
5:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Last Bison On World Cafe

The Last Bison.
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Few bands would categorize their sound as "mountaintop chamber music," yet The Last Bison's classical-influenced Southern folk-rock actually fits the bill. The septet emerged from the marshes of Chesapeake, Va., a couple years ago, and has since made a name for itself with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Singer-guitarist Ben Hardesty is the group's primary songwriter, and his style recalls the work of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes.

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World Cafe
3:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:41 pm

Grammy-winning blues-rock singer Ben Harper has made 10 studio albums over the course of his career. For his latest project, he teamed up with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite to release a collaborative album titled Get Up! Musselwhite, one of the few white musicians to gain exposure in the blues scene during the 1960s, has released 26 records and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

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World Cafe
1:19 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Latin Roots: Bolero

Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
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In this 29th installment of Latin Roots from World Café, David Dye and Grammy-winning Latin music producer Aaron Levinson embark on a transcontinental journey exploring the history and richness of bolero music — a slow-tempo dance with distinctive forms in Cuba and Spain. Bolero typically focuses on themes like love or loss, but as Dye and Levinson discuss, the critical difference between both forms is actually the rhythm.

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World Cafe
1:09 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Avett Brothers On World Cafe

The Avett Brothers.
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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 11:18 am

Scott and Seth Avett formed The Avett Brothers in their hometown of Concord, N.C. With an inspired mix of bluegrass, folk, pop, country and rock, the Avetts create a raw sound that can be solemn, energetic or catchy — sometimes all at the same time.

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World Cafe
4:10 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Y La Bamba On World Cafe

Y La Bamba.
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The Latin Alternative band Y La Bamba formed in Portland, Ore., in 2008 and attracted attention for its disarming fusion of traditional Mexican music and alternative rock.

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World Cafe
3:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:47 pm

Idaho native and folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has been named one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste. Ritter's seventh album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was released last March. Inspired by the breakup of his marriage, the record offers a raw and personal account of heartbreak and recovery.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Next: Jesse Dee

Jesse Dee.
Michael D. Spencer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 9:46 pm

Boston-based R&B singer-songwriter Jesse Dee has opened for concerts by soul legends Etta James and Al Green, among others. Released last month, his debut album On My Mind, In My Heart is an energetic collection of funky, feel-good grooves.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Guards On World Cafe

Guards.
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Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 2:35 pm

Richie Follin is the leader of the Brooklyn pop-rock band Guards. Listening to the group, it's hard not to mention the singer's older sister, Madeline Follin of Cults, as their shared upbringing and influences are obvious.

Beyond literal lineage, Cults and Guards share an aesthetic of buzzy and revitalized old-school pop. In perfect little-brother form, though, Guards is a bit edgier — a little grungier and more eclectic in a way that people with cool older siblings often are.

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World Cafe
1:32 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The xx On World Cafe

The xx.
Alexandra Waespi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 4:58 pm

Romy Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith are The xx, an indie-pop band formed in the London borough of Wandsworth. Layering spare arrangements with synths, pulsing bass and haunting vocals, The xx's minimalist approach helped win the trio's debut, xx, the Mercury Prize for Best Album in 2010.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra On World Cafe

Bryan Ferry.
Adam Whitehead Courtesy of the artist

Bryan Ferry says he only listens to 1920s jazz these days — and The Jazz Age, the new album from The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, backs up that claim. The Jazz Age finds Ferry doing a lot of listening, as he neither sings nor plays on the record.

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World Cafe
3:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Relatives On World Cafe

The Relatives.
Sam Butler Courtesy of the artist

Founded by brothers Rev. Gean West and Tommie West, The Relatives first surfaced in the 1970s with the single "Walking On." With its rhythmic fusion of traditional gospel and psychedelic funk, the quintet became known for its energetic live performances. However, the group disbanded in 1980, disappearing from the music world without so much as a full studio album to its name — until now.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Richard Thompson On World Cafe

Richard Thompson.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:08 pm

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17.

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World Cafe
2:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Next: Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner.
Nick Helderman Courtesy of the artist

Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner's debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities, offers a fresh take on the baroque pop sound of the 1960s.

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World Cafe
2:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Beach House On World Cafe

Beach House.
Liz Flyntz Courtesy of the artist

Sitting down with Beach House is a bit like listening to the band's music. No matter how many times we feature Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, they impress with their relaxed complexity and refreshing insight into how music can work.

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