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Live Friday, Long-running singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Suzanne Vega returns to Philadelphia for a SOLD OUT Free at Noon concert. You can still Listen Live.



Vega's discography spans nearly 30 years, from her mid-80s beginnings to her breakout 1987 release Solitude Standing – which gave us the song "Tom's Diner" and its ubiquitous dance remix by DNA. Vega's output has been steady since then; she played XPoNential Music Festival in 2007 in support of the album Beauty and Crime and is set to release her latest record, Tales from the Realm of the Queens of Pentacles, on February 18th via her own Amanuensis Productions label.

Vega says the new record tells stories "about the material world, the spirit world, and how they intersect." The album was produced by Gerry Leonard, David Bowie's longtime musical director, and features songs inspired by the Rolling Stones as well as a track that samples 50 Cent's "Candy Shop." Vega heads out on a two-month European tour in late January; her Free at Noon set is her only Philadelphia appearance before she leaves. Tune in at noon in Friday, January 17th, or RSVP to see the show in person at World Cafe Live.

Recent Release: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Label: Amanuensis Productions


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Diego Garcia Sings and Writes His Way To Paradise On New Album

January 7, 2014 - We welcome the singer songwriter Diego Garcia back to the World Cafe today. We met the handsome Argentine, by way of New York, in 2011 when he released his lovelorn album Laura.
Vintage Cafe from 2011: Hear Why We Still Love The Decemberists’ The King Is Dead

January 6, 2014 - The Decemberists have been on hiatus for quite a while now. So much so that the non Colin Meloy members of the band have their own group Black Prairie.
World Cafe: Next – Our First For The New Year is Washington, D.C.’s U.S. Royalty

January 6, 2014 - A new World Cafe: Next artist, our first of the new year. It is a Washington, DC based band called U.S. Royalty. Fronted by brothers John and Paul Thornley they who are putting out their second album Blue Sunshine on January 21st.
The four piece country-tinged New England rockers The Alternate Routes join us in Philadelphia on January 10th for a Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live.

Last month the band put out its first new music in three years, a single called "Nothing More" that was written in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, CT. The song was released in support of the Newtown Kindness non-profit.

The Alternate Routes' third full-length album, Lately, was released in 2010, and it plans a follow-up album for lter this year. Its winter tour takes it to Boot and Saddle in South Philly on February 7th, but you can catch them at Free at Noon downstairs at World Café Live on January 10th.

Recent Release: Nothing More (feat. Lily Costner)
Release Date: September 30, 2013
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Oscar Isaac On Becoming Llewyn Davis

December 20, 2013 - His friends told the actor Oscar Isaac beforehand that he would love his audition with Joel and Ethan Coen for the lead part in their new film Inside Llewyn Davis –and that he wouldn’t get the part or ever hear back from them. Well, half right. The actor makes the character, based on the 1960s folk singer Dave Van Ronk, his own, especially with his live performances. He joins us today to talk about working with the Coens and with the film’s music guru T-Bone Burnett. And about the guitar he got for his efforts.
Carey Mulligan Goes From Playing the Flighty Daisy in The Great Gatsby to Stomping Around Greenwich Village in Inside Llewyn Davis

December 20, 2013 - Carey Mulligan plays one angry woman, Jean Berkey, in the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Elijah Wald’s Dave Van Ronk Biography The Mayor of MacDougal Street Was The Inspiration For the New Coen Brothers’ Film Inside Llewyn Davis

December 20, 2013 - Back in 2005 we talked with Elijah Wald about his biography of Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of MacDougal Street.
Now Derek Vincent Smith Plays Pretty Lights Music With A Live Band

December 20, 2013 - Pretty Lights is the stage name of Derek Vincent Smith who describes his sample based music as “electro hip-hop soul.” He has built up a large live following for his music that, up until now, he has given away on the internet.
World Cafe Inaugurates NPR’s Studio A With Performance From The Tedeschi Truck Band

October 17, 2013 - Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation join us for an outstanding session today.
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