World Cafe

Weekdays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Host Talia Schlanger presents World Cafe, which features ten hours each week of new and significant music and the artists who create it.  
  
Serving up a blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country, live performances, and intimate interviews, the two-hour daily program is produced by WXPN-FM in Philadelphia.

Talia Schlanger hosts World Cafe, weekdays @ 2, on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

  

Here is who to listen for on WORLD CAFÉ, with host Talia Schlanger, this week on KRCB-FM:   

Monday, April 23rd – Brothers Osborne 

TJ and John Osbourne moved to Nashville separately to forge solo careers, but realized, just like their mom said, they were better together as Brothers Osborne. They just won Vocal Duo of the Year for the second time in a row at the Academy of Country Music Awards and on Friday their new album Port Saint Joe came out. Hear them play live! 

Tuesday, April 24th – Hop Along  

Check out this great music coming up for you this week on World Cafe:

Monday, April 16th – Field Report 
 

On the new Field Report album, Summertime Songs, leader Chris Portfield moves away from the darker, wintry sound of his first two records.  He discusses why he considered never releasing the new disc and shares a funny story about why he thinks it better if he doesn't cover other people's songs. 

Tuesday, April 17th – Squirrel Nut Zippers
 

Here is the WORLD CAFE schedule for this week and next:

Monday, April 9th – Best World Cafe Performances of 2018 So Far 

Lizz Wright's soulful band knocked our socks off when they came in to perform live at World Café earlier this year. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats brought tons of heart, Glen Hansard brought enough vocal prowess to blow the roof off, and Margo Price brought total tenderness. Hear standout sessions from the first quarter of 2018. 

Tuesday, April 10th – Courtney Marie Andrews 

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Monday, March 26th – Rick Springfield 

In 1981 Rick Springfield hit it huge with Jessie's Girl. But did you know he's released 18 albums since then, including his latest - The Snake King, which has songs about Rick's lifelong battle with depression. We'll talk about that, Rick's time entertaining troops in Vietnam and he'll perform live.   

Tuesday, March 27th – Jessica Lea Mayfield  

 

On Margo Price’s first album, 2016’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, she shared incredibly personal stories of pawning her wedding ring, spending a weekend in jail and losing a child. On Friday's World Cafe, hear the next chapter - Margo reflects on how her life has changed since the wild success of her debut, and the more political stories that inspired her latest release All American Made. 

You can hear World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger every weekday at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Here is what to listen for on World Cafe this week:

Monday, March 12th – Siddhartha Khosla  

The hit NBC TV show “This Is Us” wraps up its second season Tuesday night. We talk to the guy who underscores the drama - the show’s composer. He’s also the frontman of the indie band Goldspot. His name is Siddhartha Khosla, and he’s our guest on Monday's World Cafe.  

 

Tuesday March 13th – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 

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Monday, February 26th – Jen Cloher 

Melbourne's Jen Cloher is finally enjoying international success. She stops by the World Cafe with her band, including her rock star wife, Courtney Barnett. After Jen and Courtney began dating, Courtney’s career exploded and Jen found herself at home alone in Australia. We’ll talk about how Jen moved through the inevitable jealousy, and hear music inspired by that experience. 

Tuesday, February 27th – Darlingside 

Here are the artists coming up this week on WORLD CAFÉ with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, February 12th – The Barr Brothers   

The Barr Brothers are a beautiful folky sort of band made up of brothers Andrew and Brad, and a secret weapon. Sara Pagé plays a harp. She’s rigged it with effects normally used on electric guitar and breaks down her impressive setup, as the Barr Brothers perform live music from their latest album Queens of the Breakers, on Monday’s World Café.

Tuesday, February 13th – Good Booty 

Here are the artists coming up this week on WORLD CAFÉ with host Talia Schlanger: 

Monday, February 5th - Lee Ranaldo  

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo’s new solo album Electric Trim features guest performances from Sharon Van Etten, Nels Cline of Wilco, Kid Millions and others. On the next World Cafe Lee Ranaldo performs live, talks about his unique approach to playing guitar and shares his thoughts on a potential Sonic Youth reunion. 

Tuesday, February 6th – Calexico 

Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:
 

Monday, January 29th – Dustbowl Revival & HR2: globalFEST 2-Way  

The Dusbtowl Revival is a high-octane bluegrass meets soul, New Orleans meets Memphis conglomerate made up of 8 musicians. The Dustbowl Revival join us for a live performance, or more accurately, a big party on the next World Cafe. Plus, David Dye reports back on his favorite international musical finds from this year’s globalFEST showcase.  

 

Juan Carlos Quindos

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Monday, January 22nd – The Dream Syndicate

Last year the Dream Syndicate released their first album since they split almost 30 years ago. We’ll talk with band leader Steve Wynn about their reunion, and their early days touring with REM and U2. The Dream Syndicate performs live on the next World Cafe.  

Tuesday, January 23rd – NEEDLE DROP: Cozy Winter Songs  

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Monday, January 15: Lizz Wright 

Soul and gospel singer Lizz Wright delivers some of the finest musicianship we've heard on the Café, as she covers songs made famous by Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Glen Campbell. Those versions appear on Wright's new covers album called Grace, and boy does she deliver on the ideals of grace for Martin Luther King Day on World Café. 

 

Tuesday, January 16: Remembering Delores O'Riordan  

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Monday, January 8: The Secret Sisters  

Laura and Lydia Rogers were surprised to get signed by a major label so quickly and have the help of some of the best producers to start their career.  But after their second album as The Secret Sisters, they were dropped by their label, they had to file for bankruptcy, and they lost confidence.  What happened next?  Hear their story and some live songs from their latest album on the next World Cafe.  
 

Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:

Monday, December 11th: Penny and Sparrow 

Penny and Sparrow evoke the detail of Simon and Garfunkel and the openness of Bon Iver. On the next World Cafe, they perform live from the new album Wendigo and explain the fine balance between their Christian beliefs and the label of being a Christian band, including how hard it is to talk publicly about faith in the age of 140 characters.  

Tuesday, December 12th: JD McPherson  

Artists scheduled this week on World Café:

Monday, November 27th, 2017: Dhani Harrison 

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017: Jade Bird 

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Nashville Sessions - Emily West 

Thursday, November 30th, 2017: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 

Friday, December 1st, 2017: TBD

Hear World Café with host Talia Schlanger every weekday at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

Monday, October 2, 2017  

Allie X started out as a classically trained theatre performer. After moving to LA to pursue a career in pop songwriting, she got the ultimate vote of confidence – Katy Perry tweeted that Allie’s song was her new jam. Hear the story and a live performance by Allie X on the next World Cafe! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 

Monday, September 25, 2017  
 

Decades before their first collaborative album Power of Peace, Carlos Santana heard The Isley Brothers' version of "Twist and Shout" on a San Francisco jukebox and thought, this is music that "brings unity and harmony to the planet".  Carlos, Ron and Ernie Isley talk mutual admiration and memories on the next World Cafe.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017  

Here is what's happening on World Cafe for the week of September 18th through the 22nd:  
 

Monday, September 18, 2017  

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy produced Joan Shelly's latest album.  It was recorded at Wilco's loft in Chicago with Tweedy's son Spencer playing drums on some of the tracks.  On the next World Cafe Shelley talks with David Dye and we hear live sets from Shelley, Canadian duo Whitehorse, and New York rockers The National Reserve, recorded at the 56th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.  

 

Monday, September 11, 2017  

Inspired by Jimi Hendrix, modern-day bluesman Selwyn Birchwood got his big break after a high school friend arranged for him to meet blues singer and lap steel player Sonny Rhodes.  After hearing Birchwood play, Rhodes told him "I'm gonna take you on the road with me."  Birchwood now fronts his own band.  They perform songs off of their latest album, Pick Your Poison.  

 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

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Monday, August 21, 2017  

Before they had record deals, Jay-Z, DMX, Busta Rhymes and hundreds of others performed on an overnight college-radio show in New York.  The hosts of that show are back with a new NPR podcast, What's Good with Stretch and Bobbito.  Stretch & Bobbito on the next World Cafe.   
 

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Here is what's in store for your ears this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:  

Monday, August 14, 2017  

For more than fifty years, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has kept the pulse of New Orleans' musical traditions strong, but the rhythms of their latest album So It Is are infused with inspiration from the band's recent trip to Cuba. Preservation Hall Jazz Band delivers an explosive performance guaranteed to make you move on the next World Cafe.  

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  

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Monday, July 31, 2017  

Philadelphia's Sheer Mag emerged from a grungy residence called "The Nuthouse" and built a rabid fanbase by playing arena-sized '70s rock to small crowded rooms. They visit World Cafe to share some stories of their gritty DIY beginnings and to perform tracks off their debut full length album, Need To Feel Your Love.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017  
 

  

  

  

  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Austin based Sweet Spirit, is punchy, powerhouse party band. Their raucous live shows earned them a fan in Britt Daniel of Spoon, who gave them a leg up on their debut album. Sweet Spirit performs music from their follow-up record called St. Mojo and share wild and fun stories befitting a wild and fun band on the next World Café.  

Here is what's coming up on World Cafe this week (June 26th - June 30th) - 2:00 pm Monday-Friday on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  
 

Monday, June 26, 2017  
Phoenix holed up in an old Paris opera house in 2014 to begin recording their new album Ti Amo. The French band turned their feelings of unrest about the tumultuous times around them into music that serves as an escape. Ti Amo explores “love, desire, lust and innocence” with the a romanticized flair of summer discos in Italy.

Coming up on World Cafe - June 9th through June 15th, 2017: 

Friday, June 9, 2017  

Latin Country band The Mavericks play a mini concert from WXPN’s Non-CommVention and our Nashville correspondent Ann Powers talks Country Music Awards.  

Monday, June 12, 2017  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

On their sophomore album Pageant, queer punk duo PWR BTTM explode with glitter, grit and a powerful message of inclusion that extends way beyond their roots in the LGBTQ community. Also, on a special Nashville Session, Ann Powers welcomes Ruby Amanfu.  

Listen to World Cafe weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

Legendary country singer Jessi Colter has had an interesting life as a successful recording artist and wife to Waylon Jennings, all of which she recounts in her book, An Outlaw and a Lady. Also, a special Latin Roots segment featuring Rahsaan.

Thursday, April 27, 2017  
Legendary country singer Jessi Colter has had an interesting life as a successful recording artist and wife to Waylon Jennings, all of which she recounts in her book, An Outlaw and a Lady. Also, a special Latin Roots segment featuring Rahsaan.  

 

Friday, April 28, 2017
On her ninth studio album, Be Myself, Sheryl Crow revisits the sounds that made her an icon of ‘90s pop.  

 

British multi-disciplinarian Kate Tempest has tried her hand at everything from rap to poetry to playwriting. Let Them Eat Chaos, a hip hop concept album, is her latest project.  

Kate Tempest is an English poet, spoken-word artist and playwright. In 2013 she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand New Ancients. In 2015-16, she was a visiting fellow in the Department of English at University College London.  

Listen to World Cafe weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!