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The newest Live at the World Cafe CD is available NOW for a pledge of support for WXPN!


World Cafe CD's can be purchased at these local retailers. You can purchase volumes 33, 34, 35 through the NPR store.

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New Artists on the Rise

Every week, we feature independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

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David Dye Latin Roots is a bi-weekly series on the World Cafe program, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. In this new series, David Dye explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people. From the standards like cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock and even reggaeton, we'll hear it all.

The series airs every other Thursday during the second hour of the World Cafe program, and will delve into the musical styles and genres of Spanish influence with a rotating series of guests. With each segment, David Dye and his guest will explore two related songs, current and old, and discuss their unique characteristics, how they relate and where they fit into the spectrum of Latin music.

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Conversations from the World Cafe

Enjoy engaging discussions with some of today's most important artists hosted by David Dye of the World Cafe. Tune in every Wednesday at 10pm on WXPN 88.5FM

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World Cafe with host David Dye presents a special performance at the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, recorded in the birthplace of jazz.

Sharon Van Etten is something of an indie darling, given her raspy, elegant vocals and penchant for deeply confessional folk rock.

Hailing from New York, acoustic pop sensation Julia Nunes got her start posting videos on YouTube. Playing covers from idols such as the Beatles, Ben Folds, and The Beach Boys, Nunes and her unique uke-melodica styke soon had her on stage, opening at the request of Ben Folds.

Imelda May began her affair with rockabilly early on--by the time she was nine, she'd already begun to emulate Elmore James and Billie Holiday, and by the time she hit fourteen, she was onstage with a swing troupe and on screen with a fish fingers commercial.

Whistling polymath Andrew Bird has become a perennial favorite of folk-pop aficionados and classical fans alike.

The Shins is a dream-pop outfit hailing from Portland, and revolving largely around singer/songwriter James Mercer. Arising as a side project while Mercer lived in New Mexico, The Shins took on a life of its own after a number of singles such as "New Slang" were featured on films, and pulled the young indie rock group into the national spotlight.

Singer-songwriter, Anaïs Mitchell hails from Vermont and she's been deeply influenced by all things classic folk. Her strong, emotive vocals and confessional ballads have earned her comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Gillian Welch.

Zola Jesus (whose off-stage name is Nika Roza Danilova), has been deeply shaped by her rural and philosophical upbringing--and it shows in her music. Training in opera for ten years, leading a secluded childhood in the bitter cold Wisconsin forest, and becoming a rising synthpop sensation while studying philosophy in college have all informed her experimental, multi-genre sound.

Hear the Lessons Learned By The Hard Touring Missouri Band Ha Ha Tonka

Heartless Bastards are back and better than ever.  The Cincinnati-based group recorded their first demo in 2002 and their big break came in 2004 when The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney passed their demo along to Fat Possum Records.  From there, they didn't need much help capturing the attention and praise of critics and fans. 

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