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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists. Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Alley

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.

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Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Shooter Jennings & Hierophant...He's the Son of Country Legend, Waylon Jennings and on the Road with his Rock Band, Hierophant in Support of their New Album Black Ribbons

Shooter Jennings and Hierophants Shooter Jennings was brought up on the road where as a child he learned piano, guitar and everything there was to know about country and southern rock music. His knack for singing and songwriting gave him an edge over other emerging artists and by 2005, he landed a record deal with Universal South Records, under which he released his Billboard charting debut "Put the 'O' Back in Country." Four years and three albums later, Jennings found a new calling in hard rock and decided to form the band Hierophant with Bryan Keeling, Bobby Emmett,Ted Russell Kamp and The Schreffman. They are an ambitious group, pushing their prog rock music past conceptual and musical boundaries on "Black Ribbons."

Coursing through the "black ribbons" that weave together a progressively dark and ominous album, Shooter Jennings & the Hierophants (with the aid of Stephen King's narration) explore the future of humanity as it is destroyed by the technology of the digital age. But where there is an abundance of futuristic sounds, there are also hints of Shooter's country influences, adding a hint of the human voice.

Join us in entering their world at this Friday's Free at Noon concert.

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Wake Up! 2. Triskaidekaphobia 3. Don’t Feed the Animals 4. Breaking Point 5. Summer of Rage 6. California Via Tennessee 7. All of This Could Have Been Yours 8. When the Radio Goes Dead

Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives

Check out the archives, listen to the concerts. Visit NPR.org/Music to hear this concert.

Past Magazine Review: Jay Sweet over at Paste Magazine writes a great review of their new CD.
Website: shooterjennings.com
MySpace: myspace.com/shooterjennings
Recent Release: Black Ribbons
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Label: Rocket Science
Origin: L.A.

A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Hear a live concert every Friday at 12noon ET from WXPN and NPR Music
Broadcast live from the stage at World Cafe Live

Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

Philly Songwriter, Birdie Busch is Celebrating the Release of her New E.P. Everyone Will Take You In

Birdie Busch with bandmates Birdie Busch's music hardly fits into a specific category or genre. Her atmospheric folk has strains of country-blues, and rockability. She sings about magic, luck, the universe, and the human heart speeding off on dangerous missions. Birdie has had a long-time partnership with her bandmates, and will be here this Friday, playing XPN's Free At Noon. Now on her fourth album, Everyone Will Take You In, Birdie Busch has shared the stage with Regina Spektor, Dar Williams and Amos Lee. Birdie joins other local and talented Philadelphia musicians, like Devin Greenwood, Todd Erk, Chris Giraldi, Ross Bellenoit, and Craig Hendrix in the making of great music.

Her newest release, Everyone Will Take You In, is a group of songs inspired by her hometown. The project is the first release for the new label Be Frank Records, a Philadelphia label specializing in vinyl releases and digital availabilities.

Birdie played this summer's XPoNential Music Festival. You can check out her photo gallery, and listen to her full set in the Festival Archives.

Don't miss the perfect way to kick off the Labor Day Weekend--a free performance by local favorite Birdie Busch, hosted by WXPN.

And, be sure to catch Birdie Busch at Johnny Brenda's at 9pm on Friday, September 17, too.



MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/birdiebusch
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Discography :
2010 Everyone Will Take You In (Be Frank Records)
2009 Pattern of Saturn (Monotask Music)
2007 Penny Arcade (Bar/None Records)
2006 The Ways We Try (Bar/None Records)

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/music.
Made possible by support from XPN Members, and Comcast.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!
Made possible by XPN Members, NPR Music and Comcast

This Event is Sold Out

Martin Sexton With an incredible vocal range and an uncommon talent for the guitar, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton has been consistently been able to channel his love for classic, soulful folk, blues, rock, and pop music into accessible, emotional songs that combine the best aspects of singers like Van Morrison and Otis Redding.

A self-taught guitarist and singer, Sexton formed his first rock n'roll band when he was in the eighth grade; his garage bands in high school would play the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. He left his home in Syracuse, NY for the coffeehouse scene of Boston, where he began busking and playing open mic nights in 1989. Recorded in a friend's attic in 1990, Sexton's cassette-only self-released debut record, In The Journey, managed to sell 15,000 copies before it was later reissued by Eastern Front Records. After winning the National Academy of Songwriters' Artist of the Year award in 1994, Sexton continued his grueling touring schedule while taking time to release eight more albums, up until the present day. His latest album, Sugarcoating, was released on Kitchen Table in 2010. As always, the tracks are powerful and interesting, without a hint of pretense. The album was written as a reflection on a society that's been through much, including 9-11. In addition, Sexton also addresses subjects important to him--family and selflessness. Don't miss an opportunity to see this talented musician--he's got one heck of a stage presence.

Website: martinsexton.com
MySpace: myspace.com/martinsexton
Recent Release: Sugarcoating
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Label: Kitchen Table
Origin: Syracuse, NY

Free At Noon Setlist
1. America/Found
2. Boom Sh-Boom
3. Stick Around
4. Livin’ the Life

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

Eli Blue-eyed soul virtuoso, Eli “Paperboy” Reed may have grown up in Massachusetts but he executes the heart-wrenching emotion of Southern predecessors like Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. Even more bizarre, Reed, along with his seven-piece True Loves, just finished a month long tour, sharing dates with alternative/pop-punk band, Say Anything.

Reed’s electrifying performances enable him to captivate any crowd. With his mixture of high-energy, body-swinging music and tear-jerking, lovelorn ballads, he keeps his audience craving for more. Paperboy was nominated as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the 2009 Mojo awards after his two independently released albums, Sings Walkin' and Talkin'and Other Smash Hits!, and Roll With You.. His major-label debut, Come and Get It, is respectful of pop music. Mr. Reed knows the true origin and value of this sometimes-devalued genre. As he said in reference to his style, "...it's all about writing pop songs. Soul music was the greatest pop music of the 20th century and its influence is so far-reaching." You can listen to his 2008 session on World Cafe, by clicking here.

Website: elipaperboyreed.com
Myspace: myspace.com/elipaperboyreed
Recent Release: Come and Get It
Label: Capitol
Band Origin: Allston, MA

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Intro/Satisfier
2. Name Calling
3. Just Like Me
4. Come and Get It

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

Parking Notice and Directions

Hear a live concert every Friday at noon from WXPN NPR Music

Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast.

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!

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Listen to the Concert Live on the Radio and Online at XPN.org/listen.

XPN Free at Noon Featuring the ALO
at World Cafe Live

A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

ALO Branching from a popular Santa Barbara nine-piece band with a brass section called The Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Free Range Horns, ALO's Zach Gill, Dan Lebowitz and Steve Adams returned to their hometown in San Francisco to form a stripped down version of the group. After reuniting with college friend and drummer David Brogan in 2002, the ALO line-up was officially in place. The jam band released a number of indie label albums before joining forces with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, one of Zach Gill's college mates. Supporting Jack Johnson in live performances and later signing to Johnson's Brushfire label, ALO released their first studio album "Roses & Clover" (2007) under Brushfire. The album's blend of jam rock, jazz, folk and pop made them a shoo-in for success.

Following "Roses & Clover" with extended tours and a few side projects, ALO decided to turn to their second album "Man of the World" (2010), making their way to Oahu, Hawaii to record in Johnson's home studio. The laidback quality of the album definitely relays the environment of their recording process, one that revolved around comfortable jazzy-jam sessions. Engineered by Dave Simon-Baker and produced by Jack Johnson, the 11-song collection was mostly recorded live, relying on a more organic process of music making. The compilation strongly reflects songwriting, vocal and strong instrumental contributions from each member, which solidly lock together to create a bluesy rock framework. And yet, their is an overall cafe lounge vibe to the album that sits nicely next to its edgier parts.

Upon the release of "Man of the World," ALO will be putting on quite a show for us for this Friday's afternoon concert. You don't want to miss it.

Website: http://www.alomusic.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/alomusic
Recent Release: Man of the World
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Label: Brushfire Records
Origin: San Francisco, CA

ALO Free At Noon Setlist

1. Barbeque
2. States of Friction
3. Big Appetite
4. I Love Music
5. Man of the World
6. The Champ
7. Try
8. Maria
9. (Encore:) Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down

From the Band..."Check out ALO"s new album Man of the World produced by ALO and Jack Johnson. We'll be touring the States throughout the Summer with Jack Johnson and playing quite a few festivals. Check out alomusic.com for tour dates and more info. Thanks to WXPN and all their listeners for a great show today!"

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

XPN Free at Noon Featuring the Hold Steady
at World Cafe Live
A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!

Live Concert Fridays At Noon from NPR Music and WXPN
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast

Hold Steady Brooklyn-based indie rock quintent The Hold Steady might just be the best bar band in America. With their riff-heavy mixture of classic, Bruce Springsteen-meets-the-Replacements-style rock and frontman Craig Finn's lyrically dense storytelling style, The Hold Steady craft intricately detailed musical universes that have already won them countless fans.

Formed in 2000 from the ashes of the Minneapolis-based Lifter Puller, the Hold Steady released their first album, "Almost Killed Me", in 2004 to nearly universal critical acclaim. Bolstered by ever-widening touring circles, 2005's Separation Sunday raised the band's profile even further: it managed to reach the top of many year-end best-of lists, including snagging the #10 spot in Spin Magazine. A loose concept album, Separation Sunday concerns itself mostly with a set of recurring characters (Holly, Charlemagne, and Gideon) who's lives and exploits are chronicled in Craig Finn's complex and allusion-filled lyrics.

After solidifying their reputation for solid, storied classic rock, the band then went on to release two more highly acclaimed albums, 2006's "Boys and Girls in America" and 2008's "Stay Positive". Their latest, "Heaven is Whenever", is set to hit the shelves in the beginning of May. Its first single was posted on Pitchfork in March, and guitarist Tad Kubler has stated that "musical scores" and "cinematic soundscapes" are a big part of its composition. Unfortunately, Franz Nicolay, the mustachioed former keyboardist, will not be featured on "Heaven is Whenever". He left the band in 2010.

Join other fans this coming Friday at World Cafe Live to rock out with this talented, entertaining bar band. What better way to spend a lunch break, or start the weekend early?

Website: http://www.theholdsteady.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theholdsteady
Recent Release: Heaven is Whenever
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Label: Vagrant
Origin: New York, New York

Free At Noon Setlist
1. The Sweet Part of the City
2. The Weekenders
3. Hurricane J
4. Barely Breathing
5. Rock Problems
6. Soft in the Center
7. Our Whole Lives
8. We Can Get Together
9. Southtown Girls
10. Your Little Hoodrat Friend

Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE and Directions

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live.

Find more information on directions and public transportation here.

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Live Concert Broadcast and Webcast Fridays At Noon

From NPR Music and WXPN, hear a live mix of roots rock, folk, country and more.

Comcast is a proud supporter of WXPN and XPN's Free At Noon Concert Series!
Made possible by XPN Members, and Comcast.

Click the Artist name below to RSVP:

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Josh Ritter
at World Cafe Live

XPN Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live.
A co-production of WXPN and NPR.org/Music.

Josh Ritter Already a superstar in Ireland, folk-rock singer-songwriter and Idaho native Josh Ritter is finally getting the recognition in America that he deserves. Ritter will return to headline a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for the weekly Free At Noon performance.

Influenced by classic songwriters such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Ritter began writing songs while attending Oberlin College, where he changed his major from Neuroscience to Folk Music. After relocating to Boston, Ritter started getting his name out through a self-released eponymous debut album and near-constant gigging.

Opening slots on tour with both Bob Dylan and The Frames netted Ritter a good deal of attention, and even led to his own sold-out headlining tour of Ireland. His growth as a songwriter and a musician have continued unabated with a decade of critically acclaimed releases that show his many musical faces. Named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine, he established a strong fan base in the Americana section and shared stages with names like the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ray Lamontagne, and the Swell Season.

Ritter's sixth album, "So Runs The World Away", is due out this spring, and critics are already calling it 'ambitious', 'literary', and a 'triumph' all around. Join the rest of Philly in welcoming this proven folk star to the XPN Free At Noon stage at World Cafe Live on Friday, March 26, 2010. With any luck, he'll play from this new highly anticipated release.

Josh Ritter is playing a special sold out show in Asbury Park, before heading out on his Spring Tour to Ireland. He'll be back in Philly on May 7, 2010 at the TLA. Tour Dates and more at JoshRitter.com.

Website: http://www.joshritter.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/joshritter
Recent Release: So Runs the World Away
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Label: Pytheas Recordings
Origin: Moscow, Idaho

Free At Noon Setlist
1. Rattling Locks
2. Rumors
3. Southern Pacific
4. The Curse
5. Folk Bloodbath
6. Right Moves
7. Another New World
8. Empty Hearts
Visit NPR Music to hear the concert.

PARKING NOTICE

Due to the construction in the area, free parking is no longer available for XPN Free At Noon shows. Metered parking on 31st street is no longer available, and metered parking on Walnut Street is extremely limited as a result of the closure and reconstruction of the South Street Bridge, and the rerouting of traffic onto Walnut Street.

Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For more information on parking in the area visit World Cafe Live./p>

Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

NPR
Bela Fleck The Wood Brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

WXPN and NPR Music Live Friday Free At Noon Concert Archives Include:

Dr. Dog, Carrie Rodriguez, Annuals, DeVotchKa, Adele, Angel Taylor, Winterpills, Sharon Little, Ollabelle, Andrew Lipke, The Low Anthem, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

Visit our photo gallery of shots from Free At Noon Concerts!WXPN Free at Noon Photo Gallery at Flickr
Click to visit our gallery for photos of the Free At Noon Concerts! Previous concerts include Hall & Oates, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kaki King and many more!

Podcasts

World Cafe Words and Music

World Cafe Words & Music from WXPN

Live performance and interview podcast featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

World Cafe: Next

World Cafe: Next

A weekly podcast featuring independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music

Live Songs from World Cafe Session Archives | NPR Music

Free Live Performance MP3s from the World Cafe Session Archives

World Cafe launched on October 14, 1991. Distributed by NPR to more than 200 US radio stations and heard by nearly 600,000 listeners each week, World Cafe is known by artists, appreciative audiences, and the radio and music industries as an influential source for music discovery. The two-hour daily program features a mix of artist interviews with in-studio performances by both established and emerging artists. The music selection encompasses singer-songwriters, classic rock, indie rock, Americana, alt-country, blues, world music, R&B and soul. As the nation’s most listened-to public radio music program, its impact on the careers and audience awareness of thousands of artists is immeasurable.

Stream complete session in the World Cafe Archives on NPR Music.

The World Cafe is broadcast on WXPN Monday through Friday at 2pm ET.

World Cafe has received numerous awards, including two NFCB Golden Reel Awards, five "Best of Philly” awards from Philadelphia Magazine, NARAS Philadelphia Chapter’s "Hero Award," the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and many radio industry trade citations.

World Cafe is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia. On April 3rd, 2017, Talia Schlanger took over as the full-time host. World Cafe's original host, David Dye, remains on the show as a contributing host.

Sense of Place - The World Cafe team visits musical hotspots all around the globe for the show’s “Sense of Place” series. In each city, the team captures the sights and sounds, records studio sessions with native musicians, and interviews musical influencers to present them to you on the air and online in a week long feature for each city. Check out past sessions, archived on World Cafe on NPR Music

Latin Roots - a bi-weekly series on World Cafe made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Join the World Cafe as we explore the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people. From the standards like cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock and even reggaeton, we'll hear it all on Latin Roots.

World Cafe Nashville - Hosted by NPR Music's Ann Powers, World Cafe Nashville explores the local scene of the Music City and features studio sessions with up and coming artists in the area. Something's in the water - we're here to help share it with the world. Stream past World Cafe Nashville Sessions on NPR Music.



Did you miss a World Cafe session of your favorite artist? Visit our World Cafe Guests page of archived episodes.

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Podcasts

World Cafe Words and Music

World Cafe Words & Music from WXPN

Live performance and interview podcast featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

Monday through Friday at 2pm ET World Cafethe World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. This acclaimed program, distributed nationally to over 185 stations across the country through NPR Music, is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia.

This Week on World Cafe

Monday, March 9, 2009
Former Beatle Pete Best takes us back to Liverpool on Haymans Green.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Unpredictable psych-folk duo, The Dodos, have released their sophomore effort called Visiter.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Everest released their indie-rock debut, Ghost Notes, on Neil Young's Vapor Records.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
Freak-folk duo Golden Animals make their debut with Free Your Mind and Win a Pony.

Friday, March 13, 2009
Mark Olson and Gary Louris are back with Ready for the Flood, a largely acoustic album reminiscent of old time bluegrass.

Monday, March 16, 2009
DeVotchKa's fresh gypsy-rock is showcased on their new album, A Mad and Faithful Telling.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Folk-pop songwriter and acclaimed novelist, John Wesley Harding, returns with his latest work, Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead.

The Lillywhite Sessions

Lillywhite Sessions

Producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel) will produce music sessions for the World Cafe at the world-renowned Avatar Studios in New York City.

The first of the Lillywhite Sessions, featuring She & Him, aired Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Other sessions include: Goldfrapp, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, and more.

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Live performance and interview podcast featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians.
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World Cafe: Next

World Cafe: Next
A weekly podcast featuring independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.
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David Dye: Biography
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," four Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARA "Hero Award" and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations.
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Best of the World Cafe
The Best of World Cafe, by David Dye!
Pick Up a Copy of The Best of World Cafe Available now when you become a member of WPXN at the $75 Level. There's interview excerpts, complete transcripts from some of music's legendary, and up-and-coming artists, and much more. Find out more and take a peek inside

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Live at the World Cafe

Live At The World Cafe 20th Anniversary CD Set

20th Anniversary CD Set

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Live recordings from Vampire Weekend, Beach House, David Gray, Fleet Foxes, Coldplay, Feist, Patty Griffin, Justin Townes Earle, Dave Matthews, and many others.

Live At The World Cafe Volume 30

Volume 31

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Live recordings from Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys, Best Coast, Jukebox The Ghosr, KT Tunstall, The National, Ra Ra Riot and many others.

Live At The World Cafe Volume 30

Volume 30

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Live recordings from Free Energy, The Hold Steady, Dr. Dog, Citizen Cope, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Clientele, and many others.

World Cafe CDs

Volume 29 Track List

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Live recordings from Wilco with Feist, Fanfarlo, Tori Amos, Blitzen Trapper, Moby, Mayer Hawthorne and many others.

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Volume 28

Includes live recordings from The Pretenders, Bell X-1, Bat for Lashes, TV on the Radio, The Walkmen, and many others.

World Cafe CDs

Volume 27

Includes live recordings from Bon Iver, Calexico, Jenny Lewis, Aimee Mann, Ra Ra Riot, Ray LaMontagne, and many others. Now available in stores

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Volume 26

Volume 26 is available online and in retail stores. Featuring Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Feist, Rilo Kiley, Counting Crows, and many others.

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