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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

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Laura Lee & The Jettes bring millennial grunge to Berlin's Hansa Studios

First finding success with her band Gurr, World Cafe's Sense of Place: Berlin series explores Laura Lee's new solo project.

Laura Lee and the Jettes on World Cafe

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Exploring the unexpectedly inspiring places of Berlin with Emperor X

Why is Berlin such a hotbed of creativity? American expat and musician Emperor X answers the question in this installment of our Sense of Place: Berlin series.

Emperor X on World Cafe

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Berlin indie-pop band Von Wegen Lisbeth shares new music on 'World Cafe'

While you've maybe never heard of them here in America, in the German-language indie rock world, Von Wegen Lisbeth are a pretty big deal.

Von Wegen Lisbeth on World Cafe

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Mattiel performs an ode to the delightfully unique Jeff Goldblum

What happens when you write an album — Mattiel's latest, Georgia Gothic — in seclusion? Where does it lead? To Jeff Goldblum, of course! Hear a live mini-concert in this session of World Cafe.

Mattiel Mini Concert on World Cafe

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Post-punk garage rock band Shybits packs Berlin's 8MM Bar

World Cafe kicks off its Sense of Place: Berlin series with a session with local trio Shybits, featuring a live performance and interview from local rock club 8MM Bar.

Shybits on World Cafe Sense of Place Berlin

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The Culture Corner: What makes Bob Marley's 'Exodus' so special

It might surprise you to know that when Bob Marley was making the internationally beloved album, things weren't very relaxing at all.

The Culture Corner: Bob Marley on World Cafe

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For Fontaines D.C., a move to London reaffirmed the band's Irish identity

A major change for the band taken during the pandemic showed the group's willingness to make concessions to their aspirations.

Fontaines D.C. on World Cafe

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Combo Chimbita performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Recorded live for World Cafe. John Vettese/WXPN hide caption

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Hear a live mini-concert performed by Combo Chimbita

Their latest album, Iré, was released in January and features a rhythmic foundation rooted in Afro-Caribbean transcendence, bewildering chants, booming drums and psychedelic distortion.

Combo Chimbita on World Cafe

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Does Sharon Van Etten have an alter ego?

Written during the pandemic, Van Etten's latest album, We've Been Going About This All Wrong, is an intimate and moving collection of songs that are stronger because of how they all fit together.

Sharon Van Etten on World Cafe

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Lucius talks the importance of their connection with their audience, other artists

Lucius seem to somehow know everyone — including Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow and Paul McCartney — they share those stories in this session.

Lucius on World Cafe

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