World Cafe

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World Cafe showcases indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues, and world music. Produced by WXPN, Philadelphia.

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World Cafe
10:21 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Dum Dum Girls On World Cafe

Dum Dum Girls' second release, Only in Dreams, is out now.
Lauren Dukoff

In both packaging and sound, Dum Dum Girls is a patchwork of subtle pop-culture references and influences. The group takes its name from Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys," as well as from The Vaselines' album Dum Dum.

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World Cafe
12:21 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Meg Baird On World Cafe

Meg Baird.
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Philadelphia singer-songwriter Meg Baird nestles her songs at the convergence of her entrancing vocals and the sparse yet weighty sound of her acoustic guitar. Folk music runs in her blood: Baird is descended from one of the first recorded Appalachian players, Isaac Garfield Greer. From childhood, Baird has been shaped by all things folk; she even listened to Smithsonian Folkways LPs while she taught herself guitar and piano.

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World Cafe
7:59 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Sense Of Place: Hunting For Live Music

Whelan's, a music venue on Wexford Street in Dublin that's played host to many of the city's most-loved musicians.
Whelan's MySpace

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 10:55 am

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
11:28 am
Mon November 28, 2011

A Sense Of Place: Shaping Dublin's Music Scene

Glen Hansard performs as part of the Irish band, The Frames.
Zoran Orlic Zero Studio Photography

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 10:55 am

Throughout the week, World Cafe travels to Dublin, Ireland — the first stop in a quarterly series called Sense of Place. We hope to give you an idea of the past and present of the city's local music scene and provide tips from musicians and music lovers for those hoping to visit this culturally rich town.

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World Cafe
7:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Foster The People On World Cafe

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Los Angeles's Foster the People seemingly appeared out of nowhere, taking the blogosphere and Top 40 radio by storm with the viral single "Pumped Up Kicks," a breezy summer jam with a subtly sinister edge.

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World Cafe
12:51 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

Ben Folds On World Cafe

Ben Folds.
Jeff Bender

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

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World Cafe
10:00 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Gillian Welch On World Cafe

Gillian Welch (right) and Dave Rawlings.
Mark Seliger

It's been eight years since her last studio album, but Gillian Welch has been busy. She and her longtime musical partner David Rawlings are deeply involved in each other's music, so when Welch had trouble writing new material for her own record, the two turned their focus to Rawlings' first solo album under the moniker Dave Rawlings Machine.

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World Cafe
10:00 am
Thu November 24, 2011

The Jayhawks On World Cafe

The Jayhawks.
Marina Chavez

Since getting together in Minneapolis in 1985, The Jayhawks' members have ranked among the most lauded figures in alternative country, having perfected their bar-band style with years of touring and inspiration from Gram Parsons, The Louvin Brothers, Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan.

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World Cafe
10:47 am
Wed November 23, 2011

tUnE-yArDs On World Cafe

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 11:33 am

Merrill Garbus, the woman behind tUnE-yArDs, began as a solo act, and her talent practically explodes out of every performance. She commands any space, especially from behind a set-up of a tom and snare drum, a ukulele, and her bare feet atop the loop pedals from which she builds her compositions. Every sound that Garbus weaves into her songs is so deliberately placed that "experimental" seems too nonchalant a word.

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World Cafe
2:10 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

SuperHeavy On World Cafe

Superheavy: (left to right) Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, Mick Jagger and A.R. Rahman.
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SuperHeavy's credentials don't read much like those of most new bands. Its members boast 11 Grammy Awards between them, legendary parents, record sales in the millions and multiple Academy Awards for film scoring. And, on top of that, the band's existence was kept a secret until May 2011.

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