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World Cafe World Cafe is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia and distributed by NPR (National Public Radio). It is hosted by Raina Douris, along with contributing host Stephen Kallao.

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Sue Foley’s love of the blues took her from her hometown of Ottawa, Canada to Austin, Texas when she was just 21 years o...
03/17/2022
World Cafe Playlist for 03/17/2022 - World Cafe Playlists

Sue Foley’s love of the blues took her from her hometown of Ottawa, Canada to Austin, Texas when she was just 21 years old. Now, she’s got 15 albums under her belt – and she took the stage in Nashville for Americana Fest 2021 to shred some serious blues guitar. You’ll hear that live performance today, from Sue Foley. Tune in!

Sue Foley’s love of the blues took her from her hometown of Ottawa, Canada to Austin, Texas when she was just 21 years old. Now, she’s got 15 albums under her belt – and she took the stage in Nashville for Americana Fest 2021 to shred some serious blues guitar. You’ll hear that live performa...

In 2012, we were introduced to new voices like Alabama Shakes, alt-J, Kishi Bashi and Lianne La Havas. Lana Del Rey rele...
03/16/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary Playlist: 2012

In 2012, we were introduced to new voices like Alabama Shakes, alt-J, Kishi Bashi and Lianne La Havas. Lana Del Rey released her major label debut, Born To Die, along with Frank Ocean's Channel Orange.

We were introduced to new voices like Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Kishi Bashi and Lianne La Havas. Lana Del Rey released her major label debut, Born To Die, along with Frank Ocean's Channel Orange.

Just added! British R&B star Celeste has had a remarkable last few years. Watch her perform for the World Cafe.
03/16/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary: 30 Under 30

Just added! British R&B star Celeste has had a remarkable last few years. Watch her perform for the World Cafe.

We've chosen 30 artists who are 30 years old or younger that we believe are poised to be the next generation of World Cafe stars. Each week, we'll reveal one of the artists on that list.

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2006) Scottish sextet Camera Obscura crafts delicate, shimmering indie-pop that rew...
03/16/2022
Camera Obscura: Airy and Literate

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2006) Scottish sextet Camera Obscura crafts delicate, shimmering indie-pop that rewards repeated listens. Featuring the airy vocals and literate lyrics of Tracyanne Campbell, the songs convey a deceptive simplicity that belies their poignancy.

Scottish sextet Camera Obscura crafts delicate, shimmering indie-pop that rewards repeated listens. Featuring the airy vocals and literate lyrics of Tracyanne Campbell, the songs convey a deceptive simplicity that belies their poignancy.

The World Cafe 30th Anniversary continues today as we revisit a session with Björk, as well as a memorable moment with M...
03/16/2022
World Cafe Playlist for 03/16/2022 - World Cafe Playlists

The World Cafe 30th Anniversary continues today as we revisit a session with Björk, as well as a memorable moment with Michael McDonald. Tune in!

Do you remember when Bjork won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival? Back in 2000 she was honored for her role in the musical drama Dancer In The Dark, a movie she also wrote the score for.

The phrase "young at heart" is a cliché, but when it comes to Elvis Costello, it really does apply. 'The Boy Named If' i...
03/15/2022
Elvis Costello is still trying to grow up : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

The phrase "young at heart" is a cliché, but when it comes to Elvis Costello, it really does apply. 'The Boy Named If' is a trip through the inner life of a young person growing up full of imagination and self-discovery.

The phrase "young at heart" is a cliché, but when it comes to Elvis Costello, it really does apply. The Boy Named If is a trip through the inner life of a young person growing up full of imagination and self-discovery.

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2020) Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath share stories behind their beauti...
03/15/2022
Friction Is Essential To What Makes Sylvan Esso's Creative Collaboration Tick

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2020) Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath share stories behind their beautiful album, Free Love, and perform stripped-down versions of songs from the record.

Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath share stories behind their beautiful new album, Free Love, and perform stripped-down versions of songs from the record.

Tune in today for an encore of Elvis Costello’s latest session - PLUS songs from Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Margo Price,...
03/15/2022
World Cafe Playlist for 03/15/2022 - World Cafe Playlists

Tune in today for an encore of Elvis Costello’s latest session - PLUS songs from Khruangbin & Leon Bridges, Margo Price, and more!

Elvis Costello is host Raina Douris’ guest on the next World Cafe. We’ll hear some of the songs from Elvis’ new album, The Boy Named If. And Elvis tells stories about growing up in the flight path of Heathrow Airport, discovering the liberation that playing the guitar brought him, and ...

It was almost 20 years ago when My Morning Jacket first dropped by the Cafe, right around the time the band's major-labe...
03/14/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary: First Times

It was almost 20 years ago when My Morning Jacket first dropped by the Cafe, right around the time the band's major-label debut, It Still Moves, was released.

In the First Times series, the team at World Cafe is dig into the archives for some very early performances from artists destined for big, big things.

When Lo Moon set out to make their sophomore album 'A Modern Life,' they wanted to capture the energy of their live show...
03/14/2022
World Cafe Playlist for 03/14/2022 - World Cafe Playlists

When Lo Moon set out to make their sophomore album 'A Modern Life,' they wanted to capture the energy of their live show. And then live shows kinda stopped. Today, you’ll hear Lo Moon’s first performance in front of a live audience in about 2 years and frontman Matt Lowell talks about the most difficult part of writing and recording. Tune in!

When Lo Moon set out to make their sophomore album A Modern Life, they wanted to capture the energy of their live show. And then live shows kinda stopped. You’ll hear Lo Moon’s first performance in front of a live audience in about 2 years and frontman Matt Lowell talks about the most difficult ...

03/14/2022
World Cafe Schedule: March 14 - March 18

Hey, I’m Raina Douris, and here’s what’s coming up this week on the World Cafe.
3/14 - Lo Moon
3/15 - Elvis Costello (Encore)
3/16 - #WC30
3/17 - Sue Foley
3/18 - Billy Strings
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Listen to the archives: worldcafe.org

2011 was an exemplary year, with memorable releases by Drake, Radiohead,  Adele, PJ Harvey and more.
03/14/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary Playlist: 2011

2011 was an exemplary year, with memorable releases by Drake, Radiohead, Adele, PJ Harvey and more.

2011 was an exemplary year, with memorable releases by Drake, Radiohead, Adele, PJ Harvey and more.

It's the World Cafe, on the go! Listen and subscribe on NPR Music, or anywhere you enjoy podcasts!
03/13/2022
World Cafe Words and Music Podcast

It's the World Cafe, on the go! Listen and subscribe on NPR Music, or anywhere you enjoy podcasts!

WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

Dylan Cartlidge was releasing tracks for several years, but it was when he became one of the subjects of a BBC documenta...
03/13/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary: 30 Under 30

Dylan Cartlidge was releasing tracks for several years, but it was when he became one of the subjects of a BBC documentary called The Mighty Redcar that things really took off.

We've chosen 30 artists who are 30 years old or younger that we believe are poised to be the next generation of World Cafe stars. Each week, we'll reveal one of the artists on that list.

It was almost 20 years ago when My Morning Jacket first dropped by the Cafe, right around the time the band's major-labe...
03/12/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary: First Times

It was almost 20 years ago when My Morning Jacket first dropped by the Cafe, right around the time the band's major-label debut, It Still Moves, was released.

In the First Times series, the team at World Cafe is dig into the archives for some very early performances from artists destined for big, big things.

Dylan Cartlidge was releasing tracks for several years, but it was when he became one of the subjects of a BBC documenta...
03/11/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary: 30 Under 30

Dylan Cartlidge was releasing tracks for several years, but it was when he became one of the subjects of a BBC documentary called The Mighty Redcar that things really took off.

We've chosen 30 artists who are 30 years old or younger that we believe are poised to be the next generation of World Cafe stars. Each week, we'll reveal one of the artists on that list.

🍍playlist update🍍 All the best new releases all curated into one stellar bilingual playlist, find it in our link in bio ...
03/11/2022
World Cafe's Best New LatinX Playlist

🍍playlist update🍍 All the best new releases all curated into one stellar bilingual playlist, find it in our link in bio 🔗

The Latinx music scene is thriving and @byronfotoes is on top of it! Digging through countless outlets, press releases, profiles and so on, just to bring you the best! All you gotta do is sit back, relax and press play!

Kansado + MJ Nebreda + Vesicapiscis + Las Áñez + Del Mismo Racimo + The Tiarras + Julepe + Raye Zaragoza + Adrian Bello + URBØI + Paco & Pedro + Francisca Valenzuela + Era de Oro + Porter + Leslie Grace + Centavrvs + La Vela Puerca + Arroba Nat + Zona ganjah oficial + AGUATURBIA BAND + BALTHVS

Check em out!👇
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We've launched a Best New LatinX Spotify playlist of new music from established and rising artists from the United States, Central and South America.

2011 was an exemplary year, with memorable releases by Drake, Radiohead,  Adele, PJ Harvey and more.
03/11/2022
World Cafe 30th Anniversary Playlist: 2011

2011 was an exemplary year, with memorable releases by Drake, Radiohead, Adele, PJ Harvey and more.

2011 was an exemplary year, with memorable releases by Drake, Radiohead, Adele, PJ Harvey and more.

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2007) Few bands can rival The Polyphonic Spree's stage presence — not to mention it...
03/11/2022
The Polyphonic Spree: Euphoric and Cathartic

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2007) Few bands can rival The Polyphonic Spree's stage presence — not to mention its size: The group boasts a whopping two dozen members, who combine to make a sound that can be sprawling, inspiring and haunting, sometimes all at once.

Few bands can rival The Polyphonic Spree's stage presence — not to mention its size: The group boasts a whopping two dozen members, who combine to make a sound that can be sprawling, inspiring and haunting, sometimes all at once.

RÜFÜS DU SOL are one of the biggest electronic music groups in the world, but after years of late nights and touring the...
03/11/2022
World Cafe Playlist for 03/11/2022 - World Cafe Playlists

RÜFÜS DU SOL are one of the biggest electronic music groups in the world, but after years of late nights and touring they realized that they’d developed some bad habits and had stopped communicating with each other. So they decamped to Joshua Tree, came up with a plan to practice self-care, and released the album Surrender. Hear a live performance on today's show!

Rufus Du Sol are one of the biggest electronic music groups in the world, but after years of late nights and touring they realized that they’d developed some bad habits and had stopped communicating with each other. So they decamped to Joshua Tree, came up with a plan to practice self-care, and re...

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2018) As an innovator of punk 10 years before the genre had a name, Wayne Kramer ha...
03/10/2022
Wayne Kramer On World Cafe

From the 30th Anniversary Archives: (2018) As an innovator of punk 10 years before the genre had a name, Wayne Kramer has seen some things. His autobiography is no fairy tale, though there is something magical about it.

As an innovator of punk 10 years before the genre had a name, Wayne Kramer has seen some things. His new autobiography is no fairy tale, though there is something magical about it.

Brandy Clark has an impressive resume as a songwriter in Nashville – working with Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, LeAnn ...
03/10/2022
World Cafe Playlist for 03/10/2022 - World Cafe Playlists

Brandy Clark has an impressive resume as a songwriter in Nashville – working with Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes and Sheryl Crow. She’s also a solo artist in her own right, as heard on today's show. We’ll feature a mini-concert from the stage of Americana Fest in Nashville. Tune in!

Brandy Clark has an impressive resume as a songwriter in Nashville – working with Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes and Sheryl Crow. She’s also a solo artist in her own right, and we’ll feature a mini-concert from the stage of Americana Fest in Nashville. Brandy Clark.

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In this World Cafe encore session, Elvis Costello talks about making his latest record The Boy Named If (And Other Children's Stories),and about his own experiences growing up — something he says he's still working on.
In this World Cafe session, Raina Douris sat down with Lo Moon singer Matt Lowell right after the band performed in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. It was the first time the band had played for a live audience since the pandemic began. It also happened to be the day A Modern Life was released.
Thank you for having us World Cafe. Our episode is out today. 🙏🏻
It's your host Raina Douris with this week's rundown of what's ahead on World Cafe! Tune in at 2 p.m. ET every day, wx.pn/listen
Brandy Clark has an impressive songwriting resume, from work with Kacey Musgraves to her last solo album, 2020's Your Life Is a Record. World Cafe caught up with Clark for a mini-concert from the stage of AmericanaFest in Nashville in late 2021 - starting with "Who You Thought I Was."
Thanks to World Cafe for broadcasting my performance at AmericanaFest. Such a fun time!
Be sure to check out my AmericanaFest performance when it broadcasts tomorrow, March 10th, on World Cafe! Subscribe to the podcast here: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510008/world-cafe-words-and-music-from-wxpn Or visit http://playlist.worldcafe.org/stations/ to find your local station’s program schedule.
In this World Cafe session, Janis Ian joins Raina Douris for a conversation about her career, her creativity and her new album The Light At the End of the Line.
My 5-song exclusive performance with World Cafe begins airing on Tuesday, March 8 on over 250 radio stations worldwide. Find your local station here: playlist.worldcafe.org/stations/ Or tune in to WXPN on the radio or online on March 8 at 2pm EST. To stream WXPN’s broadcast, go to XPN.org and choose WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top of the page.
It's your host Raina Douris with this week's rundown of what's ahead on World Cafe! Tune in every day at 2 p.m.
Amos Lee's recent interview with World Cafe's Raina Douris is a compelling listen. Check it out here if you haven't heard it yet.
Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram's NPR Music World Cafe at Home 4-song Session was the #2 Top Video of 2021 for New York's WFUV Public Radio (along with Ani DiFranco, Counting Crows and My Morning Jacket.) https://wfuv.org/content/ani-difrancos-simultaneously-fuv-2021-npr-top-five-video Watch it again here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d3vsdmgjLw