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!

  

Ray LaMontagne is known for keeping his personal life quite personal, but on the next World Cafe, he opens up about his music, his family and his childhood. We'll hear an intimate conversation and gorgeous live performances of songs from Ray LaMontagne's new album, Part Of The Light, on the next World Cafe.  

You can hear World Cafe Weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, and They Might Be Giants all contributed original songs to a new compilation of music inspired by the amendments to the Constitution. The album is the brainchild of public radio host Jad Abumrad from Radiolab and More Perfect. Jad joins Talia Schlanger to talk and spin tunes on the next World Cafe.

Dessa’s latest album was inspired by a unique experiment. She recruited a team of scientists to locate the spot in her brain responsible for a longstanding heartache and then worked to get rid of that feeling. She talks about that, being a responsible rapper, and working with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on the next World Cafe.

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a singer-songwriter with an unconventional Nashville sound and a new album, Karma for Cheap. He joins host Stephen Kallao to talk about his album’s message of positive unity, what being labeled Americana in 2018 means, and whether he thinks substance use helps his songwriting.

World Cafe airs Thursday at 3:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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Aaron Lee Tasjan is a singer-songwriter out of Nashville, but when you think Americana his sound might not be what comes to mind. His third studio album, Karma for Cheap, is a collection of reactionary songs to the climate of 2018 and how he views the political cacophony. He joins host Stephen Kallao to talk about his album’s positive message of unity, what being labeled Americana in 2018 means, and whether he thinks substance use helps his songwriting. All this, on the next World Cafe. 

Nobody sounds quite like DeVotchKa. The band surrounds the striking voice of singer Nick Urata with sousaphone, accordion, theremin and violin. Their music has caught the ears of music fans and filmmakers – DeVotchKa's music was used in the film Little Miss Sunshine. DeVotchKa performs live on the next World Cafe.  

World Cafe airs Thursday at 3:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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On his latest album, The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine imagines that, in the afterlife, he’ll reunite with his loved ones and smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long at a bar in heaven. On the next World Cafe John Prine performs live and talks about his early days as a mailman, playing Chicago’s open mic nights, and working with Nashville’s finest today.

Chris of Christine and the Queens describes herself as pop music’s weird cousin. But World Cafe's Talia Schlanger thinks of her as pop’s bright, shiny future. She tells the story of choosing her name after meeting a life-changing group of drag queens in London and gives a really thoughtful explanation of her pansexual identity. We'll hear that conversation, plus music from her edgy and danceable new album, called Chris, on the next World Cafe.

Grab your walkman, because World Cafe is going back to 1988! It's the year that introduced us to Rain Man and The Wonder Years, the Iran-Contra Affair and The War on Drugs, and clothes that are now in fashion again. And the music? That's what we'll hear today. Host Stephen Kallao spins 30 year-old tracks from U2, Edie Brickell, and R.E.M., Crowded House, Billy Bragg, and many more. Hear the sounds of 1988, on the next World Cafe.

On the eve of Paul Simon’s retirement from recording music and touring, renowned music critic and author Robert Hilburn joins us to discuss his latest book, Paul Simon: The Life. It follows Simon's enduring career, exploring the stories behind pivotal moments like the breakout hit "The Sound of Silence," and his 1986 comeback solo album, Graceland.

When Leon Bridges debuted in 2015 to widespread acclaim, he was called “the new Sam Cooke.” But the new music on his follow-up record, Good Thing, shows his breadth reaches far beyond the retro, soul sound he's known for, bringing in some pop and funk. Leon is no stranger to breaking free of labels, as we'll learn in today's conversation with host Talia Schlanger. He shares about being an artsy black kid who didn't fit into his predominantly white, football-centric high school in Texas.

Caroline Rose's latest album is a departure from the alt-country sound of her first two albums. On Loner, her razor-sharp wit and smart lyrics tackle subjects like being a single mom and fighting the patriarchy. Caroline Rose talks with Kallao and performs live with her band on the next World Cafe.  

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

For 57 years, the Philadelphia Folk Festival has presented a diversity of artists, as well as icons like Bonnie Raitt and John Prine. World Cafe's David Dye has attended the past eleven festivals to bring us the highlights, and today, he shares three unique voices from this year's event. We'll hear the high-powered Scottish instrumental trio, Talisk, and Chicago bluesman, Toronzo Cannon. Plus, a set from the ten-time Austin Music Award winner and bi-lingual singer-songwriter, Gina Chavez.

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Jennifer Pyken is a music supervisor who has worked on over 500 episodes of TV shows, like "Lost," "One Tree Hill," and "Smallville," and this Monday, she’s nominated for an Emmy for the hit NBC family drama, "This Is Us." When the emotionally gut-wrenching scenes are elevated by music, Pyken creates those moments. We'll hear how she finds the songs, from personal choices to unsolicited Facebook messages, and spins some of her favorites for host Talia Schlanger. Jennifer Pyken is Guest DJ, on the next World Cafe.

Dawn Landes wanted to capture the sound of classic Nashville for her latest record, so she tracked down one of her heroes; Country Music Hall of Famer, Fred Foster, founded Monument Records, he signed Dolly Parton, and produced most of Roy Orbison’s hits in the 1960s. These days he's in his eighties and mostly retired, but Dawn won him over on the project with a song she'll perform live today, along with others from the new record, which is called Meet Me at the River. Dawn Landes joins host Talia Schlanger on the next World Cafe. 

Galea McGregor

This week, the biggest brightest stars, and most exciting emerging artists of Americana gather together in Nashville to showcase their stuff for AmericanaFest. We celebrate with music by artists who are performing at the Fest – including Amanda Shires, Richard Thompson, and The Lone Bellow – and dive into some live recordings from World Cafe Nashville sessions. That's coming up, on the next World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger.

The Newport Folk Festival takes place every year at the end of July, 3 days, 4 stages, and a whole bunch of amazing musicians. On the next World Cafe, we’re going to listen to some of the recordings NPR Music’s Technical Director Josh Rogosin took over the course of the annual festival, and hear live performances from Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Margo Price, Toots and the Maytalls, Lucius, Darlingside, Glen Hansard and Moses Sumney. Hear all the collaborations, the cover songs, and the powerful messages of the 59th Annual Newport Folk Festival, coming up on World Cafe.

Ry Cooder has been playing music for fifty years, with everybody from The Rolling Stones to Neil Young, and made some pretty impressive albums along the way. He’s found inspiration from gospel and blues, but also some of his own personal revelations. He joins the World Cafe to play some songs from his new album, Prodigal Son, and to talk about how he first started listening to music, how he was inspired by a talent scout in his early career, and how he brings his beliefs into his music.

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A disarming young talent named Sunny War recently joined host Talia Schlanger in the studio. She busked for the better part of a decade on Venice Beach, where she sported a tall mohawk and hung out with people she calls gutter punks. We’ll hear about the drugs that were part of that scene, and the near-death experience that landed her in rehab in a sober living facility. Plus, a bluesy solo guitar performance of songs from her new album, With The Sun. On this encore edition of the World Cafe. 

You may know Wayne Kramer for his time playing guitar for the radical rock group MC5, who broke up in 1972. It’s been 50 years since the release of their legendary album Kick Out the Jams, and to celebrate, Wayne will be joining host Stephen Kallao to talk about what that album title means to him. He’ll also discuss the rise of MC5 and how their success came with accusations of “selling out,” and will share a bit about his new memoir, called “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities." 

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Juno Award winner Matt Mays has been on the road for nearly two decades, wowing audiences with his amazing rock growl. He’s got a new record, called Once Upon a Hell of a Time, and this Fall, he'll release an acoustic version of the album, called Twice Upon a Hell of a Time. We'll hear both styles in a live studio performance today. And Matt shares stories from his career with host Talia Schlanger, from surfing Canada’s east coast in Winter, to playing Toronto's legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

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World Cafe is produced by WXPN, and each Summer the Philadelphia station presents the three-day XPoNential Music Festival. This year's lineup featured heavy-hitters like Phoebe Bridgers, Josh Ritter, and Darlingside, among many others. And today, host Talia Schlanger shares all the performance highlights! Including an incredible three song set of covers by Margo Price. Then in the second hour, we say goodbye to Summer with an hour-long playlist of songs about Fall, back to school, and the changing of seasons. On the next World Cafe.

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On Take Me To The Disco, Meg Myers makes explosive, aggressive rock, coupled with synthesizers, strings and plenty of distortion. She talks about her unusual musical influences and her excellent playlist making skills, along with a live performance on the next World Cafe.

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Amos Lee’s new record comes out on Friday, and to celebrate we'll hear live music from his recent concert in Seattle and hang out with the muse who inspired one of Amos' new songs. Her name is Maya, and Amos met her a couple years ago when she was battling kidney cancer. Amos celebrates Maya’s upcoming 9th birthday and shares some of the songs he sent during treatment to cheer her up.

David Byrne tells stories about the songs on his latest solo album, American Utopia, which zoom in on the mind of a dog, the forgotten regions of the brain and a chicken’s idea of heaven. Byrne also reflects on the evolution of his voice since his days fronting Talking Heads.

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

The Squirrel Nut Zippers are back with Beasts of Burgundy, their first new album of original songs in 18 years. At the helm is original member Jimbo Mathus. He’s put together a revival that features a new cast of characters like Dr. Sick who includes the saw among the instruments he plays during the band's performance on the next World Cafe.

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Bermuda Triangle started harmonizing together on porches as pals and turned into one of the most storied new groups in Nashville. The trio is Alabama Shakes leader Brittany Howard and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. Their magic is as much about the friendship as it is about the music – they share some of both on the next World Cafe.

We’ll talk with Damon Albarn and hear live songs from the new album The Now Now recorded in Japan and written as Gorillaz traveled through the U.S., making stops in Kansas, Idaho and Miami.  

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

Dermot Kennedy has been called onstage by Glen Hansard and collaborated with Kanye West’s go-to producer – it seems clear why the moment you hear the relatively unknown Dubliner sing. He plays live and talks about the emotional roots of his music on the next World Cafe.

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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Engineer Vanessa Parr has worked on records with Rhiannon Giddens, Elton John, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer and more. How do you hold it together when you’re standing next to your heroes? Vanessa Parr takes us to the other side of the studio glass, on the next World Cafe.

World Cafe airs weekdays at 2:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org  / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB Mobile App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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