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Joan Osborne’s Love and Hate Explores Romance – The Highs And Lows
May 16, 20124 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Dan Wilson join host David Dye.
May 9, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Broken Bells join host David Dye. Shins frontman James Mercer and producer Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse, first met in 2004. At the time, The Shins had recently released their critically acclaimed second album Chutes Too Narrow, and Brian Burton had just put out his famed mash up The Grey Album and began working with his Gnarls Barkley collaborator Cee-lo Green. It took a few years for Mercer and Burton to find the time to work together, but in 2010, the pair released their first album as Broken Bells. In February they returned with their second disc After the Disco. Between the title and the sound of the record, some fans have wondered if the duo really love disco. They’ll explain their feelings about it in our interview as well as talk about how this projects compares to their other work outside of Broken Bells. That and more this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!
May 2, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, War on Drugs plays live.
April 25, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Courtney Barnett joins host David Dye in the studio.
April 18, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Jonatha Brooke joins host David Dye in the studio.
April 11, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Benmont Tench joins host David Dye.
April 4, 2014 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, St Vincent joins host David Dye.
Join us for Free At Noon as Joe Henry with special guests Apache Relay perform a live midday concert on Friday.



Singer/songwriter Joe Henry has been playing music professionally since the 80s, and with 12 studio albums under his belt, it doesn't look like there's any stopping him soon. In addition to a prolific output, Henry has the ability to switch up his sound. Each of his 12 albums strays slightly from his last, progressing from classic Americana, to jazz and then pop influences. In addition, the artist spends his time producing albums from Hugh Laurie's latest, Didn't it Rain, to folk band Over the Rhine's Meet Me at the Edge of the World. On Thursday, he play at World Cafe Live; on Friday, check him out at Free at Noon. Joe Henry will be performing at WCL in Philadelphia on June 26, 2014 get your tickets here.

Recent Release: Invisible Hour
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Label: Work Song


The Apache Relay started out of a college dorm room. Frontman Michael Ford Jr., a former music business major at Belmont University, dropped out to pursue his songwriting which later developed into a full fledged Americana/roots band. Since then Apache Relay has released three foot-stomping, folk-inspired full length albums including American Nomad in 2011 and their latest self-titled released just this year. After they play Friday's Free at Noon, head over to North Star Bar to catch them performing with The Weeks. For tickets go here

Recent Release: Apache Relay
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Label: So Recordings


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