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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

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Nearly 40 years later, 'Stranger Things' boosts Kate Bush's music worldwide
In this World Cafe session from 1993, Kate Bush spoke with original host David Dye about a range of subjects: from her ambitions to working with Prince to being an Elton John fan as a teenager.
Aug 09, 2022
Indigo De Souza showcases her gifts in her latest album, 'Any Shape You Take'
In this session of World Cafe, we caught up with Indigo De Souza to talk about the album and growing up in North Carolina.
Aug 08, 2022
Billy Bragg's music bridges political themes with the intensely personal
Bragg's decades of activism and songwriting have only helped to crystallize and empower his thinking on what we need to make the world a better place.
Aug 05, 2022
Jeff Tweedy talks about what led to Wilco's first true country album
Cruel Country, the group's 12th studio album, is a meditation on the current state of affairs in America, one that is complicated and flawed, as Jeff Tweedy tells it.
Aug 02, 2022
Brace yourself, because Grace Cummings will blow you away
The force of nature talks about her new album, Storm Queen, how she discovered her voice and what "America" means to a person who grew up in Melbourne, Australia.
Aug 01, 2022
Maren Morris' latest album, 'Humble Quest,' reflects on her journey
Maren Morris' star has been rising quickly — she's had a bunch of chart hits, taken home a slew of awards, including a Grammy, and she's part of the country supergroup The Highwomen.
Jul 29, 2022
Elizabeth King records 'Give Me Wings' a cappella, in-studio with her daughters
Enjoy this mini-concert of songs recorded by Elizabeth King inside Sam Phillips Recording's Studio B in Memphis.
Jul 28, 2022
Despite their name, Warpaint's members are seriously good at collaborating
Warpaint's rhythm section talks about how the whole band shared writing credits on their latest album, as well as some of their extracurricular collaborations.
Jul 27, 2022
The Culture Corner: Why Missy Elliott's 'Supa Dupa Fly' still matters 25 years later
In this edition of Culture Corner, explore how Missy Elliott completely shifted the sonic palette of hip hop and RNB, in particular.
Jul 26, 2022
It's clear Carlos Santana's motivation is just to make music that will inspire you
His latest album, Blessings and Miracles, is a not-so-subtle reference to his current outlook on life.
Jul 20, 2022
Momma's 'Household Name' is the rise and fall of the rock star
The Los Angeles indie-rock band pays tribute to and references some of their musical heroes in their latest album. Hear a live mini-concert in this session of World Cafe.
Jul 19, 2022
Dehd's 'Blue Skies' is 'a second breakthrough' filled with charm and charisma
We're thrilled to welcome Dehd back to World Cafe for a mini-concert, starting with a performance of "Bad Love."
Jul 14, 2022
'12th Of June' has Lyle Lovett's signature wit, but through a whole new lens
In this session, Lyle Lovett talks about starting a family and reflects on his long and storied career, going back to when he first got signed at the age of 28.
Jul 11, 2022
Across the wall: How Mark Reeder brought punk music to East Berlin in the 1980s
The British musician and record producer shares how crossing the Berlin Wall border and a secret concert helped change the course of history.
Jul 08, 2022
Berlin's Sofia Portanet makes music that blends languages and crosses genres
Recorded live in Berlin's Hansa Recording Studios, hear Sofia perform new singles in front of an audience for the very first time.
Jul 06, 2022
Laura Lee & The Jettes bring millennial grunge to Berlin's Hansa Studios
First finding success with her band Gurr, World Cafe's Sense of Place: Berlin series explores Laura Lee's new solo project.
Jul 01, 2022
Exploring the unexpectedly inspiring places of Berlin with Emperor X
Why is Berlin such a hotbed of creativity? American expat and musician Emperor X answers the question in this installment of our Sense of Place: Berlin series.
Jun 29, 2022
Berlin indie-pop band Von Wegen Lisbeth shares new music on 'World Cafe'
While you've maybe never heard of them here in America, in the German-language indie rock world, Von Wegen Lisbeth are a pretty big deal.
Jun 24, 2022
Mattiel performs an ode to the delightfully unique Jeff Goldblum
What happens when you write an album — Mattiel's latest, Georgia Gothic — in seclusion? Where does it lead? To Jeff Goldblum, of course! Hear a live mini-concert in this session of World Cafe.
Jun 23, 2022
Post-punk garage rock band Shybits packs Berlin's 8MM Bar
World Cafe kicks off its Sense of Place: Berlin series with a session with local trio Shybits, featuring a live performance and interview from local rock club 8MM Bar.
Jun 22, 2022
The Culture Corner: What makes Bob Marley's 'Exodus' so special
It might surprise you to know that when Bob Marley was making the internationally beloved album, things weren't very relaxing at all.
Jun 20, 2022
A move to London, reaffirmed Fontaines D.C.'s Irish identities
A major change for the band taken during the pandemic showed the group's willingness to make concessions to their aspirations.
Jun 08, 2022
Hear a live mini-concert performed by Combo Chimbita
Their latest album, Iré, was released in January and features a rhythmic foundation rooted in Afro-Caribbean transcendence, bewildering chants, booming drums and psychedelic distortion.
Jun 07, 2022
Does Sharon Van Etten have an alter ego?
Written during the pandemic, Van Etten's latest album, We've Been Going About This All Wrong, is an intimate and moving collection of songs that are stronger because of how they all fit together.
Jun 03, 2022
Lucius talks the importance of their connection with their audience, other artists
Lucius seem to somehow know everyone — including Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney — they share those stories in this session.
May 27, 2022
The Culture Corner: Jimi Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced' turns 55
John Morrison talks about how important Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced was, how it happened and what its legacy has been for the culture at large.
May 26, 2022
The Dip pulls from soul, R&B, pop and rock to make a sound that's all its own
In this session of World Cafe, The Dip talks about its journey from playing house parties to having a million Spotify listeners a month.
May 23, 2022
Del McCoury was there at the beginning of the bluegrass movement
For this new album, Almost Proud, quarantine gave Del McCoury the time and space to dig through a box of collected music to find some gems to record.
May 20, 2022
Beach House's latest album embraces maximalism in both size and sound
Once Twice Melody was released in four chapters over the course of several months and embraces maximalism in both size and sound.
May 10, 2022
Get swept away in Spiritualized's latest album, 'Everything Was Beautiful'
In this session, Jason Pierce of Spiritualized talks about their latest album, Everything Was Beautiful, how it grew and changed in unexpected ways as he worked on it, and how he let himself get lost in the process.
May 06, 2022
Judy Collins shares live stories on 'Spellbound'
In our conversation, Judy shares some of those stories, talks about her songwriting process and the advice she's gotten from some of her very well-known songwriter friends.
Apr 29, 2022
Hear Magdalena Bay perform a dreamy mini-concert for World Cafe
The duo makes dreamy electro-pop that nods in the direction of Charli XCX.
Apr 28, 2022
Why Beastie Boys' 'Check Your Head' album still matters 30 years later
A lack of interest and supervision from its label allowed Beastie Boys to experiment, resulting in their critically acclaimed third album, Check Your Head.
Apr 26, 2022
'Local Valley' was José González's opportunity to explore — to take more chances
González's classical guitar sound and dreamscape vocals are still there, but there's more layers, more percussion, more synthy sounds and more forward momentum.
Apr 25, 2022
Old Crow Medicine Show on how Nashville has changed since the mid-'90s
Ahead of their time in igniting interest in the String Band tradition, Old Crow Medicine Show was also ahead of the curve, landing in Nashville in the mid-'90s, well before it was declared the It City.
Apr 22, 2022
No one does a cover song quite like Cat Power
Don't go into Chan Marshall's latest album, Covers, expecting a karaoke party — Chan transforms, inhabits and recreates them, makes them entirely new and entirely hers.
Apr 18, 2022
Hear a performance from Hayes Carll at AMERICANAFEST
Hayes Carll is a Texas singer-songwriter with an easygoing, everyman style of storytelling that's earned him comparisons to John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.
Apr 14, 2022
AHI lives like someone before his time is counting on him
AHI's third album, Prospect, is informed by the past but paving the present road toward the future.
Apr 12, 2022
Ben Bridwell's resilience led to one of the best Band of Horses albums
In this session, Ben Bridwell takes us through the events that led to Things Are Great in his usual self-deprecating charm.
Apr 11, 2022
Hear Tré Burt's performance at AMERICANAFEST 2021
Burt's latest album, You, Yeah, You, builds on his previous work as he grows ever more sophisticated, empathetic and razor-sharp as a storyteller and musical philosopher.
Apr 07, 2022
Buffalo Nichols on his self-titled debut album
The last few years, Buffalo Nichols' heart led him back to the blues, in the process releasing one of the beat blues albums in recent memory.
Apr 05, 2022