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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
3:43 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Sense Of Place: Busking For Fame, And A Few Bucks

A local street band busks in Galway.
WXPN John Bartol

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:35 pm

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
11:21 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
1:21 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Meg Baird On World Cafe

Meg Baird.
Courtesy of the artist

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
8:59 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Sense Of Place: Hunting For Live Music In Dublin

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 12:55 pm

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
12:28 pm
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 12:55 pm

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
1:51 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
11:00 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
11:00 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
11:47 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 1:33 pm

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
3:10 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.
Courtesy of the artists

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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World Cafe
3:01 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

World Cafe: Keith Richards On 'Some Girls'

Mick Jagger (left) and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones in 1978, the year Some Girls was originally released.
Lynn Goldsmith

An atmosphere of tension surrounded The Rolling Stones when the band got into the studio to record Some Girls, its 16th U.S. release, in 1978. Not only did the group worry that the new waves of disco and punk threatened to pass it by, but Keith Richards was awaiting a serious heroin-trafficking court date that threatened to put him and the group out of commission. The Stones were in trouble.

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World Cafe
8:05 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Nick Lowe On World Cafe

Nick Lowe.
Dan Burn-Forti

Originally published on Thu December 29, 2011 8:05 am

English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe's reputation often precedes him.

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World Cafe
5:31 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Paul Simon On World Cafe

Paul Simon.
Mary Ellen Matthews

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 8:00 am

Paul Simon's music can feel timeless even when it's filled with new ideas. In his interview with World Cafe host David Dye, Simon reflects on his friend Bert Jansch, who recently died, and discusses their friendship, which lasted more than 30 years.

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World Cafe
4:14 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Lisa Hannigan On World Cafe

Lisa Hannigan.
James Minchin

Upon hearing Lisa Hannigan sing for the first time, her warm voice can sound at once familiar and inviting. The Mercury Prize-nominated artist is often acknowledged for her six-year collaboration with Damien Rice — especially on his album O — and for her solo debut, Sea Sew.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Washed Out On World Cafe

Washed Out.
Will Govus

Washed Out is the moniker of 28-year-old Ernest Greene, who recorded his first tracks on a laptop in his parents' Georgia home. Now, he's a wonder of the "chillwave" movement and the man behind some of the year's most alluring electronic sounds. Washed Out's debut album, Within and Without, builds a textured pop soundscape atop pulsing dance beats.

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