World Cafe on WAER Main Channel

Saturday 11 AM-3 PM
  • Hosted by David Dye

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.  

Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's World Cafe is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings. Along with three other band members, the two have been crafting an eclectic mix of theatrical folk, garage, and even vaudeville-influenced music since 2010. After putting out a couple of singles, He's My Brother, She's My Sister released its debut album last year; it's titled Nobody Dances in...

In hour one of Tuesday's installment of World Cafe , we talk with Elvis Costello and The Roots ' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album Wise Up Ghost last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy. Both artists have rich histories as thriving collaborators. The Roots' members have worked alongside artists such as neo-soul singer D...

World Cafe Next: Ásgeir

Sep 23, 2013

Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of World Cafe: Next . Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album (In the Silence) in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland. In terms of sales, the phenom has surpassed the work of Ásgeir's fellow Icelandic stars Bjork and Sigur Rós . This episode features two tracks from the...

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Sep 23, 2013

In this installment of Vintage Cafe , we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' performance from Oct. 8, 2010. Known for his raspy vocals and folksy sound, singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Iron and Wine , Van Morrison , and Tim Buckley for his earthy, era-spanning style. With simple lyrics and a natural acoustic underlay, LaMontagne's music is at once private and universal. LaMontagne had a late start to his musical career. After high...

Jack Johnson On World Cafe

Sep 20, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: From Here to Now to You finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's To the Sea , which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars. In this World Cafe session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar...

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada

Sep 19, 2013

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe 's Latin Roots series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of bossa nova . We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina. What we won't hear is the '80s synth-drenched version of the form — and...

Jason Isbell On World Cafe

Sep 19, 2013

Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers . After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards. Behind his success and prolific output, though, things weren't right in Isbell's personal life: He was alone and fighting a battle...

Neko Case On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2013

This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year. Neko Case 's new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You , expands upon the fiercely intelligent singer-songwriter's gifts for music that's both innately infectious and rooted in intense, accessible emotions. Wednesday's installment of World Cafe features an intimate session with Case and her...

She & Him On World Cafe

Sep 17, 2013

When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer M. Ward as She & Him in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. With the duo releasing the third album-length installment of its ongoing collaboration this year — in addition to a holiday record titled A Very She & Him Christmas — it's now pretty clearly a long-haul project. To coincide with Tuesday's third-season premiere of Deschanel's TV show The New Girl , here's She & Him live on World Cafe . Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. To...

World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat!

Sep 16, 2013

The punchy L.A. indie-pop band Wildcat! Wildcat! is made up of three members who've been friends since middle school. They've released a couple of singles — including the latest, "Mr. Quiche" — and recently compiled them on a new EP. Hear a couple of the band's songs on this installment of World Cafe: Next . Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/ .

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