World Cafe

Weekdays at 5am & 7pm.

Featuring live performance and interviews with established and emerging artists from across the musical spectrum, World Cafe is public radio's most popular program of popular music.  World Cafe is hosted by David Dye and is produced at WXPN in Philadelphia, PA.

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  • Monday, April 13, 2015 9:11am
    Brandi Carlile joins host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Her 2007 record, The Story, and its title track brought the singer-songwriter tremendous commercial success. Now she's released her fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter. Brandi performs some of her new music live and talks with David about capturing an authentic rock 'n' roll sound in the studio.
  • Monday, April 13, 2015 9:11am
    Courtney Barnett is David Dye's guest on this episode or World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. She gained worldwide attention a couple years ago for the song "Avant Gardener" from her double-EP, A Sea of Split Peas. Now she's back with a full-length album – her first – called Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which arrived last month. We'll hear her play live from her hometown of Melbourne, Australia and talk about the new disc.
  • Monday, April 6, 2015 11:41am
    On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Kishi Bashi, the solo project of violinist and singer-songwriter, Kaoru Ishibashi. He's played with likes of Regina Spektor, Of Montreal, Sondre Lerche, and others, and he's just released his second album, called Lighght. Kishi Bashi performs live today, complete with a string quartet, and we'll hear how he got his start in a rock band.
  • Monday, March 30, 2015 3:47pm
    On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is Angaleena Presley. Before her huge success as a member of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, she grew up a coal miner's daughter in Kentucky. Presley recalls those roots on her solo debut, American Middle Class. She explains how the album was a long time coming in today's interview and plays live in the studio.
  • Monday, March 23, 2015 10:14am
    Cookies join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. They are a Brooklyn based electro-pop band centered around the work of Ben Sterling, who produced their debut almost entirely on his own. The very catchy new collection is titled Music for Touching. We'll hear a live performance from Cookies and Ben discusses his history with Mobius Band.