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World Cafe is a two-hour long, nationally syndicated music radio program that originates from WXPN, a non-commercial station licensed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The program began in 1991 and was originally distributed by Public Radio International. Since 2005, the show has been distributed by NPR. Hosted by David Dye, World Cafe features live performances and interviews with established and emerging artists. The program's format covers a wide spectrum of musical genres, including indie rock, folk, hard rock, singer-songwriter, alt-country, and world music. The program produces two weekly podcasts containing interviews and information about musical performers: "World Cafe Words and Music," which features more established singers and bands, and "World Cafe Next," which highlights emerging artists.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Laura Gibson On World Cafe

Laura Gibson's new album is titled La Grande.
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Laura Gibson's new album, La Grande, is built around a surprising musical contrast: Her hushed voice remains as quiet as ever, but her songs are louder and more complex. Although simplicity and lack of volume characterize Gibson's earlier work, her music today feels bigger without sacrificing intimacy: It meditates on mortality, carrying a weight of seriousness without being heavy. It's dark, but dispensed with a light touch.

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World Cafe
1:48 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Harriet On 'World Cafe: Next'

Harriet.
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Harriet blends Americana and electronic music to create a sound that embodies the L.A. rock scene: Its debut EP, Tell the Right Story, sounds like a chillwave re-imagination of Kings of Leon or The National. The group combines hoarse vocals, dramatic riffs and electronic flourishes on its debut — available for free on Harriet's website, though probably not for long.

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World Cafe
8:30 am
Mon February 27, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Alternative

Liz Phair.

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This episode of World Cafe honors the alternative rock movement of the 1990s, with six artists who rose to mainstream success: Kristin Hersh, Belly, Liz Phair, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield, and Matt

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World Cafe
2:05 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Nada Surf On World Cafe

Nada Surf.
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On Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, the long-running band alternates between infectious optimism and sweet sadness. In spite of countless label changes, the group has remained remarkably consistent in its 20 years together: Blending good-natured affirmations with catchy pop-rock hooks, Nada Surf sounds like a bunch of fresh-faced kids, albeit unusually wise ones.

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World Cafe
12:33 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Novalima On World Cafe

Novalima.
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Formed by four Peruvian high-school friends in 2001, Novalima has been making traditional music sound sultry and modern ever since. In the past decade, the group has grown to a nine-piece band that's helping change the way the world thinks about world music.

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World Cafe
11:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Los Campesinos! On World Cafe

Los Campesinos! has earned a reputation for dark humor and danceable beats.
Courtesy of the artist

After first coming together as a trio at Cardiff University in 2006, Los Campesinos! has blossomed into a septet with a reputation for lively indie-rock, in the spirit of everyone from Modest Mouse to Broken Social Scene to Belle and Sebastian. The generous joy in the Los Campesinos!

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World Cafe
12:28 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Cass McCombs On World Cafe

Cass McCombs released two of his six albums in 2011. His latest is Humor Risk.
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Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 12:30 pm

Born in Northern California in the 1970s, Cass McCombs grew to adopt a wanderer's lifestyle.

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Julia Nunes On 'World Cafe Next'

Julia Nunes is this week's World Cafe: Next featured artist.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist.

Before the eyes of her YouTube subscribers, Julia Nunes went from being a teen covering her favorite artists to a young woman playing live shows with them.

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World Cafe
8:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel

Mavis Staples performs with The Roots at the Climate Rally on the National Mall on April 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
10:40 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Chairlift On World Cafe

Chairlift.
Alejandro Cardenas

Originally published on Sat February 18, 2012 10:24 pm

Produced by Hot Chip's Dan Carey, Chairlift's new album Something blends upbeat, synth-heavy pop with eerie lyrics that depart from the purely effervescent sound of the 2008 hit "Bruises." On Something, singer Caroline Polachek takes risks — manipulating her vocals with AutoTune and even programming synth parts to mimic the sou

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World Cafe
3:28 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Real Estate On World Cafe

Real Estate.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally from Ridgewood, N.J., the Brooklyn transplants in Real Estate have built a reputation for cheerful yet sentimental beach-pop. The band's self-titled album broke through on the strength of the lead single "Beach Comber," and that record's 2011 follow-up (Days) achieved widespread critical acclaim and popularity in its own right.

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World Cafe
2:22 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Air On World Cafe

Le Voyage Dans La Lune is AIR's seventh release, written as a soundtrack for a re-release of the 1902 Georges Méliès film of the same name.
Wendy Bevan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 3:52 pm

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World Cafe
1:14 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

Kathleen Edwards' new album is titled Voyageur.
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Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 7:49 pm

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is enjoying a huge career boost with her new fourth album, Voyageur. Produced in part by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Voyageur sounds deeply personal and genuine: Edwards sings of failed marriages, life in the spotlight and the delicate happiness that comes with new beginnings.

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World Cafe
2:04 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Bright Moments On 'World Cafe: Next'

Bright Moments' debut album, Natives, comes out Feb. 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:36 pm

With its fresh, upbeat sound, Bright Moments' debut album Natives will likely sound familiar when it's released later this month.

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World Cafe
8:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass

Charlie Louvin (right) and his brother Ira, a.k.a. The Louvin Brothers.

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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