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

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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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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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January 8. 2013 - Very few musicians can categorize their music as “mountain-top chamber,” yet The Last Bison’s blend of southern folk and classical influence creates just that. The seven-piece ensemble emerged from the marshes of Chesapeake, Virginia a couple of years ago and has subsequently swept the musical scene with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics, and vocal harmonies.
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The Last Bison

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Very few musicians can categorize their music as “mountain-top chamber,” yet The Last Bison’s blend of southern folk and classical influence creates just that. The seven-piece ensemble emerged from the marshes of Chesapeake, Virginia a couple of years ago and has subsequently swept the musical scene with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics, and vocal harmonies. The Last Bison released their first album, Quill, in 2011, garnering much praise from critics. Lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Hardesty is the group’s primary songwriter, and his style bears a strong resemblance to bands such as Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and Fleet Foxes. However, none of those three bands have a front man sharing the stage with his sister, nor is a 75-year-old pump organ in their collections of instruments.
January 4, 2013 - ChesnuTT Cody is back in a big way with his new album, Landing On a Hundred, his first full-length in a decade. Recorded in part at Memphis’s Royal Studios, where Tina Turner and Al Green cut many of their classics, the album focuses on ChesnuTT’s soul side. “What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next),” “I’ve Been Life” and “That’s Still Mama” are all intentionally reminiscent of his ‘70s soul sound, as ChestnuTT worked with a 10-piece band to cut every track on two-inch tape, allowing the charisma of his bedroom studio to shine through on record.
January 3, 2013 - People Get Ready takes an unorthodox approach to live performance. One of the band's co-founders, Steven Reker, studied dance in college and joined David Byrne on tour a few years ago as a guitarist and dancer. The relationship between music and movement lies at the core of People Get Ready's live shows, which blur the line between concerts and dance performances.
December 31, 2012 - The Alabama Shakes made many best of 2012 lists! The Shakes' style is marked by Howard's powerful voice and the ensemble's irresistible energy: they enthusiastically blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots, earning critical as well as popular acclaim for their electric performances and foot-tapping self-titled debut.
Cello Playing Singer-Songwriter Ben Sollee Tackles Growing Up in this session.
December 31, 2012 - London folk rockers Mumford and Sons made a splash on the indie music scene with their 2009 debut album Say No More. The album combines the raspy crooning vocals of lead singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and thoughtful lyrics in songs that range from soft and soothing to rocking, toe-tapping tunes.
December 25, 2012 - In this edition of World Cafe, Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson sits down with host David Dye to discuss the Christmas music traditions of Latin America. One thing that sets Central America's music apart from that of North America, she says, is the fact that a lot of it is made for dancing!
December 25, 2012 - The Polyphonic Spree celebrates the 10th anniversary of their annual Holiday Extravaganza with the release of a brand new album, Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One, their first ever holiday album. This is a truly spectacular performance from the 18 member strong Polyphonic Spree live from the World Cafe studio at WXPN in Philadelphia. tudio. This performance could be a record for the number of musicians: a string section, horn section, two drummers and a six piece chorus. We meet their leader and singer Tim Delaughter and hear the band playb live. The group is lead by Tim DeLaughter and, though the line-up changes constantly, typically involves some 20-odd individuals who provide talents from singing to piccolo.
December 24, 2012 - From Portland, Ore., stems a global sound that is powerful in its orchestral beauty. Thomas Lauderdale started Pink Martini more than 15 years ago, a fitting name for the colorful and classy orchestra. Lauderdale's mission was to create a sound that would support political fundraisers for civil, environmental and educational causes, among others. Since then, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide.

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