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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.

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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

Listen to a continuous stream of the three most recent shows.

April 10, 2013 - The Avett Brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, along with bandmate Bob Crawford, had a career high point in 2009 when they released I and Love and You. While the band had been making music together for a decade, that album, produced by Rick Rubin, was the one that really launched their career.
April 3, 2013 - Ellie Goulding found much success with her debut Lights in 2010. The album topped the UK charts the week it was released and then reappeared in the Top 10 after Goulding was asked to play Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding in 2011.
March 27, 2013 - Bryan Ferry launched Roxy Music with Brian Eno in 1970. Popular almost immediately at home in the United Kingdom, the band didn’t find a mass audience in the US until their fourth disc, at which point Bryan Ferry was the group’s sole leader.
March 20, 2013 - Richard Thompson helped found the British band Fairport Convention in 1967. After 5 albums with them, he launched his solo career where he has continually earned critical praise for his guitar skills and his songwriting wit. Recently he put out his 14th studio album, Electric.
March 13, 2013 - Bat For Lashes joins host David Dye in the studio. Since her 2006 debut Fur and Gold, Natasha Khan has garnered praise for her work as Bat For Lashes. At home in England, the Pakistan-born singer was nominated for a Mercury Prize twice, and her albums have been equally well received by American audiences and critics.
March 6, 2013 - In 2011 Wanda Jackson re-entered the spotlight with her Jack White produced disc The Party Ain’t Over. The album drew attention to the rockabilly pioneer three decades after her last hit song and it was her first record to make it onto the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. British singer Adele requested Jackson to open for her, and cited her as the inspiration for her own hit “Rolling in the Deep,” adding to the praise that finally puts Jackson in her rightful place a trailblazer.
February 28, 2013 - Dwight Yokum became popular in the 1980s with a sound that harkens back to an earlier era of country music. Five of his albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 have appeared in the Top 10. But it has been seven years since Yoakam’s last album of original material.
February 20, 2013 - In 2006, after 4 albums together, Snow Patrol had a worldwide hit with their song “Chasing Cars.” And the band’s new disc, Fallen Empires, proves that lead singer Gary Lightbody has lost none of his songwriting charm. But the stellar record was not easy to come by- Lightbody battled writer’s block during the creation of the new album.
February 13, 2013 - David Dye spends some time with this year’s top Grammy nominees. Nicknamed “Music’s Biggest Night”, the 55th annual Grammy Awards take place Sunday, February 10th. A Grammy is truly a peer honor, not based on record sales, but on the discretion of the members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
February 6, 2013 - Trey Anastasio joins host David Dye in the studio for a rare solo acoustic performance. Trey Anastasio helped found Phish at The University of Vermont in 1983. In addition to his work with the group, Trey has continually pushed his improvisational and compositional boundaries, thanks to both a successful solo career and the Trey Anastasio Band.
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