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The indie rock artist zooms way out on humanity across history's timeline, seeking insight about our current age with his latest album March 21, 2019 My Finest Work Yet.
Andrew Bird On World Cafe
Backed by a horn section and a collaborative spirit, Nick Waterhouse took over composition with a loose and easy control.
March 21, 2019
Robert Ellis inside the World Cafe Performance Studio
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Ellis has embraced his dangerous side to a deliciously fun effect with his latest project, March 19, 2019 Texas Piano Man.
Robert Ellis On World Cafe
Chieftains peforming for World Cafe at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin, Ireland
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Spend your St. Patrick's Day feeling like your having a pint surrounded by friends and family as we visit the six-time Grammy-winning band in Dublin.
March 15, 2019
The Chieftains On World Cafe
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A chat with the Irish up-and-comer inside Whelan's of Wexford Avenue, one of Dublin's most famous pubs and music venues.
March 14, 2019
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The Dublin four-piece band sings clever lyrics in loud and proud Irish accents.
March 14, 2019
Pillow Queens On World Cafe
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Hear a chat and performance from March 13, 2019 World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Dublin with Loah, recorded live at the iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
David Keenan sits with a statue of the beloved Irish writer and poet Brendan Behan along the Royal Canal in Dublin.
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During March 13, 2019 World Cafe's Sense Of Place trip to Dublin, we grab a seat by the water to hear the Irish singer-songwriter perform gorgeous songs on acoustic guitar.
David Keenan on World Cafe
Jealous of the Birds
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Naomi Hamilton, who makes music as Jealous of the Birds, slices up genres and creates songs that sound homemade and tiny, explosive and bombastic.
March 11, 2019
Gary Clark Jr. shines with a soulful rendition of "The Guitar Man," live in the KCRW studio.
March 8, 2019
Amanda Palmer inside the World Cafe Performance Studio.
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Palmer's latest album, March 8, 2019 There Will Be No Intermission, may be her sharpest blow yet.
Amanda Palmer On World Cafe
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Townes started making music as a teenager and rose in Canada's flourishing country scene before moving to Nashville at 19.
March 5, 2019
Tenille Townes On World Cafe
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In her March 4, 2019 World Cafe session, the young singer-songwriter takes the opportunity to reintroduce herself on her own terms, with creative force and an abundance of joy.
Maggie Rogers On World Cafe
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Gray's voice still sounds as glorious, distinct and beautiful as it did when he broke through the mainstream with 1998's March 1, 2019 White Ladder.
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The rules of musical gravity don't apply for the spirited saxophonist, composer and producer.
February 28, 2019
Kamasi Washington On World Cafe
Gary Clark Jr.
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The Austin native's latest album February 21, 2019 This Land incorporates punk, soul and even hip-hop.
Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe
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The Lumineers cellist left the band this past fall. In January, she officially struck out on her own with a solo album, February 20, 2019 Rattlesnake.
Neyla Pekarek On World Cafe
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She's a political activist and a rock star. In this session, hear lots of music and legendary stories from Mavis Staples.
February 20, 2019
Mavis Staples On World Cafe
The Paisley Underground scene included (from top left clockwise) The Bangles (Autumn de Wilde), Dream Syndicate (Chris Sikich), Rain Parade (Stephanie Beltran), and The Three O'Clock (Chris Haston)
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Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn, The Three O'Clock's Danny Benair and The Bangles' Vicki Peterson share stories and songs from their new collab album, February 19, 2019 3 x 4.
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Macy Gray outside the World Cafe Performance Studio at WXPN in Philadelphia.
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February 18, 2019 Ruby, Macy Gray's latest album, brings many similarities to her sophomore release, The Id. It's funny and funky, never saccharine, always uplifting.
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Her songs are poetic and political, steeped in both punk and cabaret, and sung in a voice that blends Eartha Kitt's cool with Nina Simone's fury.
February 15, 2019
Adia Victoria On World Cafe
Cherry Glazerr seamlessly blends dreamy rock and punk with raucous energy when performing "Daddi" live.
February 14, 2019
Left to right: Briana Younger, music editor and writer for
The New Yorker; Jon Batiste, jazz artist and bandleader for The Late Show; Rodney Carmichael, staff hip-hop writer for NPR Music.
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February 13, 2019 Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste , New Yorker writer Briana Younger and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael join World Cafe for a spirited conversation on the black creators shaping the future of music.
J.S. Ondara performs inside the World Cafe Performance Studio
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Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya with big dreams of becoming a musician in the U.S. Hear a studio performance of songs from his debut album, February 11, 2019 Tales Of America.
J.S. Ondara On World Cafe