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77 Year Old Blues Legend Buddy Guy Doesn’t Act His Age!

August 23, 2013 - We recorded this interview with blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy the day after he turned 77. And he turned up early for our 9 AM start!
Smith Westerns New Album Soft Will Takes Band Well Beyond Blogger Buzz

August 22, 2013 - The wonderful garage-punk-glam Chicago band Smith Westerns have a very good new album called Soft Will.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion Record Wassaic Way In The Wilco Loft

August 21, 2013 - Consider the connections. Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are a happy couple and happy music makers for many years.
Miami’s Elastic Bond Combines Latin Influences With Alternative Bent

August 20, 2013 - When Venezuelan Producer Andres Ponce met the Honduran singer Sofy Encanto in Miami musical sparks flew. What started as just a recording project became an actual band.
New Film and Album Celebrate The Life Of Kate McGarrigle

August 13, 2013 - Martha Wainwright joins us today to talk about her mother, the late Kate McGarrigle, and to sing us some of Kate’s songs.
Optimism Creeps Into Glasgow’s Camera Obscura’s New Album Desire Lines

August 16, 2013 - Heartbreak has long been the subject matter of the songs that lead singer Tracyanne Campbell writes for Camera Obscura.
Mikal Cronin’s Catchy Power-Pop Hasn’t Completely Emerged From The Garage

August 15, 2013 - Mikal Cronin’ second solo album, simply titled II, is more of his delightful, sometime dazzling, powerful, guitar-filled pop. It’s his first album for Merge Records.
Daughn Gibson Sometimes Even Scares Himself With His Dark Spooky Country Electronica

August 14, 2013 - It seems that even at such a young age Daughn Gibson has lived many lives. The musician from the small Pennsylvania city of Carlisle has done a lot: he is the drummer for the rock band Pearls and Brass, he has worked behind the counter in an adult book store, tended bar and worked as a long haul trucker.
Alice Russell: A Naturally Soulful Force of Nature

August 13, 2013 - The British soul singer Alice Russell just loves to belt it out. Her voice draws comparisons that range from Chaka Khan to the late Amy Winehouse.
Sweden’s Shout Out Louds Shed Light on New Album Optica

August 9, 2013 - Even though they have only been together for 10 years Shout Out Louds are coming out of a kind of mid-life band crisis on their new album Optica.
The Olms: A Retro Take On Pete Yorn’s Infectious Melodies

August 8, 2013 - Pete Yorn has long had an easy way with hooky rock songs. He also likes to work with others, most recently with actress Scarlet Johansson.
Telekinesis – Bright Power Pop From Drummer Michael Benjamin Lerner

August 7, 2013 - Telekinesis’ Michael Benjamin Lerner sings from behind the drum set when the band plays live, but on the albums he plays almost all the instruments.
Sam Amidon’s Music May Have Traditional Roots, But These Are Not Your (Grand)Father’s Fiddle Tunes!

August 6, 2013 - Sam Amidon’s parents were folk performers in Vermont where he grew up. His best friend was fellow musician and arranger Thomas Bartlett (Doveman).
Big Country’s Anthemic Sound is Intact on New Album The Journey

August 2, 2013 - With the death in 2001 of Stuart Adamson, the leader as well as lead singer of the Scottish band Big Country, most would have assumed the band was over. Not so.
Worth The Wait: Lissie Takes Her Time Making Her Second Album

August 1, 2013 - When Lissie stopped by he World Cafe for her session a month or so ago she hadn’t even named her new album yet.
Rhye: Sexy Music From A Duo Who Prefer To Make It Anonymously

July 31, 2013 - The first place people heard the music of Rhye was in a series of sensual videos posted to the web with little or no accompanying information. The point for the duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal, who made the album Woman was for people to focus on the music, not the personality of the singer.
Los Angeles’ La Santa Cecilia Write Immigration Anthem

July 30, 2013 - In the beginning La Santa Cecilia started playing in Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles for tourists and passers-by.


At A Loss For Words: Steve Martin Asks Edie Brickell To Write Lyrics For Their Collaboration

August 27, 2013 - Steve Martin is a true renaissance man. Add to his accomplishments as an actor, writer of everything from movie scripts to novels, art collector and very funny man; award-winning banjo player. His easy lilting melodies on the banjo have met Edie Brickell’s (of New Bohemian’s fame) lyrics on the new album Love Has Come For You.
Tuareg Desert Guitarist Bombino Makes Nomad With Black Key’s Dan Auerbach

August 30, 2013 - Nomad is an appropriate title for guitarist Bombino’s new album. Certainly the Tuareg people are a nomadic people but the guitarist has been forced to move because of politics twice during his life.
The Wilderness Inspires New Album And Book From The Handsome Family

July 22, 2013 - Husband and Wife Brett and Rennie Sparks have been creating their unique musical world together since the 1990’s. Brett sings and writes the melodies and Rennie is the lyricist.
Sense of Place: Rio – Bossa Nova singer Vinicius Cantuária from The Archive

July 19, 2013 - In 2004, Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuária visited us at The Cafe, he was in the midst of a string of gorgeous well-praised albums that began with Sol Na Cara in 1996. We revisit this session, recorded around the release of Horse and Fish, as part of our
Sense Of Place: Rio - "Rio Is A Small Music Community..There Is a Kind Of Interaction That Makes The Music Unique Here." ~ Kassin

July 19, 2013 - Kassin was the perfect person to talk with us about the contemporary music scene in Rio during our Sense of Place visit. Not only is he an artist - his latest album Sonhando Devager translates to “Dream Slowly” – but he is an in-demand producer working out of his own studio with people like Marisa Monte and Arto Lindsay.
Sense of Place: Rio – Tropicália Architects Os Mutantes From The Archives

July 18, 2013 - One of the most influential Brazilian psychedelic rock bands of the Tropicália movement, Os Mutantes released its first album in 35 years, Haih or Amortecedor in 2009.
Sense of Place: Rio - Do amor Proves There Are Rock Bands In Rio

July 18, 2013 - Do Amor are a four piece Rio rock band that has been playing together since the members were 15 when they bonded over cheap vinyl. They recently released their second album Piracema.
Forro In The Dark - Building On The Sound of Brazil’s Northeast

July 17 - Forro in the Dark gets its name from the Forro, a type of dance and music that's been popular in northeastern Brazil for more than 100 years. The style's traditional incarnation involves a three-piece band with a triangle, an accordion and a bass-like drum called a zabumba.
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