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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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Latin Roots

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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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Josh begins by talking about how the first South American rock bands of the 50s and 60s were all cover bands, often singing in English. The covers that come out now are more Latinized and musically interesting in his opinion. The first song he plays is his favorite cover from last year by a Mexican band called Los Master Plus. They first broke out with a cumbia version of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire",…
How Drummer Stella Mozgawa And The Women of Warpaint Found Their Groove
Tony Joe White Brings His Wha Wha Pedal And “A Mess O’Polk Salad” Live

Becoming a music titan has huge implications-- just ask John Mayer.  The singer songwriter requires no introduction; his personal history, his personal life and especially his personal relationships are all rather public, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. 

April was a great month for The Lumineers. In addition to releasing their hotly anticipated eponymous debut, they've played a tong of sold out shows across the US. Their open-hearted melodies, simple but raw lyrics, and rousing acoustic folk have earned them comparisons to Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and the Avett Brothers.

The sounds of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen are anarchical and break the constraints of form, yet each of his tracks have poignant and emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead.

The Magnetic Fields is just one of a few outlets for frontman Stephen Merritt’s inspired songwriting. The indie-pop outfit recorded six eclectic albums starting in 1993, only breaking into mainstream recognition with 1999’s three-disc 69 Love Songs. 

Lana Del Rey describes herself as a self-styled “gansgsta Nancy Sinatra”.  This attitude belies the Lake Placid native Lizzy Grant’s choice of stage name and the personality she seeks to impart to her music.

The formation of up-and-coming indie folk group Trampled by Turtles can be traced to the theft of Dave Simonnet’s equipment in 2003. Left with just an acoustic guitar, Simonnett chose to form a new band in a new direction of style.

The talented Rufus Wainwright's newest album, Out of the Game, departs slightly in style from his earlier body of work. Although there are some classic heart-felt ballads to be sure, the track Montauk being a case in point, the record as a whole feels danceable and more radio friendly.