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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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The English singer-songwriter, bass guitarist and producer Nick Lowe began his recording career in 1966 as part of the Kippington Lodge, a blues and country rock group.

Eleven Grammys between them and five distinct voices, supergroup, Superheavy's self-titled debut album was released on September 16 by A&M Records.

The music of tUnE-yArDs is certainly experimental, but every sound that Merrill Garbus weaves into her compositions is so deliberately placed, experimental seems too nonchalant a word to classify Garbus's highly inventive, extremely successful Lo-fi, folk-infused, world-music inspired project.

Gillian Welch, along with partner guitarist David Rawlings, is back with a vengeance.

At the core of The Jayhawks acclaimed alt-country is the paired talent of Gary Louris and Mark Olsen. These guys seem to have it all--impeccable guitar lines, smooth harmonies, and songwriting capabilities that could rival just about any musician (or group of musicians) around.

The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective compiles unreleased tracks, demos, live recordings, and even some new material from World Cafe favorite, Ben Folds.

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff Goes Back To His Coming Of Age With The Silver Gymnasium

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside are an up-and-coming indie outfit hailing from Portland, Oregon. Sallie Ford herself describes their sound as more rock'n'roll than anything else, though it doesn't take much effort to distinguish jazz, roots rock, and a healthy dose of rockabilly in their style.

Under the moniker Active Child, the 80's influenced Pat Grossi mixes ethereal vocals with unpredictably gorgeous arrangements of harp, synth and electronic drums. 

The Barr Brothers self-titled debut combines the delicate techniques of harp and duet with rock 'n' roll song writing sensibility to create a powerfully moving folk album. 

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