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World Cafe CD's can be purchased at these local retailers. You can purchase volumes 33, 34, 35 through the NPR store.

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New Artists on the Rise

Every week, we feature independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

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Latin Roots

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David Dye Latin Roots is a bi-weekly series on the World Cafe program, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. In this new series, David Dye explores 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.

The series airs every other Thursday during the second hour of the World Cafe program, and will delve into the musical styles and genres of Spanish influence with a rotating series of guests. With each segment, David Dye and his guest will explore two related songs, current and old, and discuss their unique characteristics, how they relate and where they fit into the spectrum of Latin music.

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Conversations from the World Cafe

Enjoy engaging discussions with some of today's most important artists hosted by David Dye of the World Cafe. Tune in every Wednesday at 10pm on WXPN 88.5FM

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Pavement Fans, Want New Music From Stephen Malkmus? Listen To The Jicks
Don’t Believe Your Eyes! Hear St. Paul And The Broken Bones In Your Soul
Another Definition Of Psychedelic Music From Seattle’s Rose Windows

Gotye (whose real name is Wouter "Wally" De Backer) has become an international pop star with his 2011 release, "Making Mirrors". The pop-infused collection includes a little ditty, "Somebody I Used To Know", that subsequently took the world by storm after its early leak in July 2011.

Geographer's glittery, electronic pop rock has been winning over fans on the west coast for years.  The trio formed in 2008, released their first full-length that August, and began playing the Bay Area. 

Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenom at the tender young age of 23.

Grimes is the one-woman project of Claire Boucher, a talented and artistic Canadian songstress. Born and raised in Vancouver, she moved to Montreal for college but left to pursue her craft when Grimes began to take off. Marrying lo-fi punk with a dream-pop aesthetic, Grimes quickly became a fixture in the DIY underground music movement in Montreal.

Of Monsters and Men is a six-person collective hailing from Iceland and the makers of very catchy folk-pop. The group came together in 2009 when lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir began recruiting back-ups for her acoustic solo act. In 2010, Of Monsters and Men gained national fame when they won an annual Icelandic battle of the bands competition, and since then, the buzz has only grown.

A surfer and songwriter, Ben Howard's two loves intertwined when the England surfing community became the first audience for his quiet, meditative music.  At the encouragement of friends, Howard released two EPs and was invited soon after to tour with Xavier Rudd.  Like Rudd, Howard is a no-nonsense, no-frills singer-songwriter.  He began to write his own music "as a kid" and decided at the age of 21 to become a full time musician. 

By now, Daniel Rossen's name is synonymous with the kind of raggedy, whimsical, airy music that he writes.  A contributing song writer and musician in Grizzly Bear, Rossen often saved his more personal compositions for his other band, Department of Eagles, both of which have roots in Rossen's undergraduate years at NYU. 

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