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World Cafe

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Since 1991, World Cafe®, is the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by Talia Schlanger. The show's guest roster has included Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Dolly Parton, The Shins, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Ani Difranco, Damien Rice, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, REM, Rachael Yamagata, David Byrne, Yo Yo Ma, Billy Joel, Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Moby, Taj Mahal, Coldplay, Sting, and The xx, among hundreds of others.

Scott Fagan On World Cafe

Dec 2, 2015

Singer-songwriter Scott Fagan's story starts with his parents, who were part of the New York City jazz scene. He grew up poor on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and traveled to New York in 1964, at 19, to meet Brill Building songwriter Doc Pomus, who signed him to Atco Records. Four years later, Fagan made the moving psychedelic folk album that would stand as his major musical contribution: South Atlantic Blues, which has just been reissued.

World Cafe Next: Paper Pilots

Nov 30, 2015

Sometimes it's all about the songs, like these two earworms from the L.A. band Paper Pilots. Led by Justin Bocchieri, the group has been around since 2012 and enjoyed success with placement of its songs on TV — including in HBO's True Blood.

Whether you describe them as Britpop or power-pop, there's no denying that the hooks in this pair of singles make them sound like hits. Give the songs a listen and download the full segment on this page.

A successful journalist, radio and TV host, screenwriter and songwriter, Mitch Albom is the master of many things. But he is assuredly best known for his memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, which has sold more than 14 million copies.

Villagers On World Cafe

Nov 27, 2015

Irish singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien, who performs as Villagers, has made three albums that have all hit Number 1 at home in Ireland, including his 2015 album, Darling Arithmetic. What's different this time has less to do with the fact that he's performing with a band and more to do with how he sees himself.

Billy Gibbons has been known for years as the larger-than-life, guitar-playing leader of ZZ Top, whose innovative showmanship and big licks have brought an equally oversized audience to rockin' blues. In today's Latin Roots segment, Gibbons and his band, The BFGs, put a Cubano twist on the blues. Timbales, congas and some smoky Hammond organ combine with Gibbons' guitar on Perfectamundo, his first solo album.

Boy & Bear On World Cafe

Nov 25, 2015

The Australian band Boy and Bear has a folk-rock sound often compared to Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons. The group is just starting to make inroads in North America, but at home their first album went platinum, their second debuted at Number 1 and their latest, Limit of Love, did the same.

Baio On World Cafe

Nov 24, 2015

Chris Baio was the music director at his college radio station and in a band while studying at Columbia. Seems like a typical indie college-kid story — except that his band was none other than Vampire Weekend.

World Cafe Next: The Jack Moves

Nov 23, 2015

The Newark, N.J., duo The Jack Moves plays what it calls "sweet soul." Singer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes — he's the one with the falsetto — met drummer, producer and former pro skater Teddy Powell at a Lower East Side skate park and honed their shared musical vision in the studio. Here's how Desmondes describes that vision:

"So with sweet soul, you have the rhythm and it's super-black — it's heavy, it's funky, it swings. The bass is always super-funky, and it's got this toughness to it.

Grace Potter On World Cafe

Nov 20, 2015

After five albums with The Nocturnals, Grace Potter recently released her first solo record, Midnight. It's poppier, more streamlined and more personal then her work has been in the past, but it still rocks.