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!

  

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Bermuda Triangle is Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. They formed a Nashville supergroup, who have already played sold-out shows across the country, despite only releasing two songs. In a conversation with host Ann Powers, we'll hear how the trio started playing together, passing a guitar and harmonizing on porches. And they perform live. 

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Phoebe Bridgers has one of those voices that can make the loudest room go silent. After hearing her sing, Ryan Adams wanted to produce her debut EP. Since then, he’s given her good advice and a guitar – both of which she uses in a live performance on the next encore edition of the World Cafe.

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Welles is the rock and roll moniker of Jesse Wells. Welles grew up in rural Arkansas where his early bands got together to rock out in giant barns that were built to house turkeys. After graduating from college, Welles moved to Nashville and has just released his debut album. The record's single, "Seventeen," was produced by Dave Cobb.

Natalie Prass had a new album written but not yet recorded when the 2016 election happened. With how she had been feeling after the results came in, you might expect an angry sounding record, but The Future and The Past is full of a dancy sense of hope. She will explain why, and how Stevie Wonder is partially responsible on the next World Cafe.

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Few musicians have more of a signature sound, or personality, than Peter Hook. The bass virtuoso helped change the shape of music, twice – first with post punk pioneers Joy Division, and then with the groundbreaking electronic music of New Order. He joins host Stephen Kallao for a wide-ranging conversation today – from dealing with the loss of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at 23, to feuding with former bandmates over royalties. Peter Hook is currently out touring both versions of Substance, the seminal Joy Division and New Order compilations.

World Café makes a pilgrimage to Willie Nelson's tour bus! Willie released an album called Last Man Standing just days before his 85th birthday. Willie talks about how the deaths of dear friends like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings influenced the title track, the prank he pulled when he was in the hospital recovering from a collapsed lung and shares insights about his favorite form of relaxation. Giggles ensue.

With the release of her self-titled debut, Bedouine makes the transition from working behind the scenes in the music world to being the center of attention. She worked as a sound designer for film and television in L.A. for a number of years, and found herself surrounded by a close-knit community of musicians. As Bedouine explains to host Talia Schlanger, she sort of fell into the spotlight. We'll hear her story, including her upbringing in Syria and Saudi Arabia, and she performs live. Plus, we catch up with Hozier, who shares some big news. 

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Robert Finley's musical career spans over 50 years, but he didn't release his first album until the age of 62. When Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys saw a performance, he knew he had to work with Finley, a guy he calls: "The Best Soul Singer Alive." We'll trace his path from growing up in Louisiana, to leading an army band in Europe during the 70's. Plus he'll perform live. 

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Klara and Johanna Soderberg are First Aid Kit. They have a contemporary take on classic country that sounds distinctly American, though the sister duo was born and raised in Sweden. Today, we revisit a live performance from their latest album, Ruins, plus we'll hear a track that doesn't appear on the record, called "You Are The Problem Here." It was inspired by a sexual assault case they read about in the news, and host Talia Schlanger talks to them about the song and the Me Too campaign. On the next World Cafe.

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Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Mix

On this Memorial Day edition of the Café, we’re pairing up different versions of songs and asking, “which came first?” You might be surprised to find out who first performed “Ring of Fire”, and how Jeff Beck could have beaten Stevie Wonder to the punch with his recording of “Superstition” if only his album hadn’t been delayed.  
 

Tuesday, May 29th – Encore: Mary Gauthier

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

Monday, May 21st – Nashville: Ashley Campbell 
 

Ashley Campbell didn’t plan on a music career - she initially joined her father, the original Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell, on the road just hoping for a fun vacation. Fast forward several years and she now has a debut album, The Lonely One. She talks about how studying improv comedy influenced her songwriting and shares memories of her late father.

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

Monday, May 14th – Caroline Rose 
 

Caroline Rose's new album is a dramatic departure from the alt-country sound of her first two albums. On Loner, her razor-sharp wit and smart lyrics tackle subjects like single motherhood to fighting the patriarchy. We'll discuss that, her sonic evolution, and ambitions as a producer.   

Tuesday, May 15th – Lindi Ortega 
 

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Monday, April 30th – Chick Corea  

Chick Corea is one of the greatest living piano players. On the next World Cafe He tells stories about performing with Miles Davis, watching Thelonious Monk play and collaborating with legendary drummer Steve Gadd on their latest album. Chick Corea, seated at the piano on Monday's World Cafe.   

Tuesday, May 1st – Anderson East  

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  

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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
 

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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!

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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 

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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.  

 

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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  

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