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 last, 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
Brandi Carlile performs a live World Cafe Session at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
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Listen back to sessions from 2019 Grammy nominees who have come through our doors this past year.
February 8, 2019
Brandi Carlile On World Cafe
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Get a sampler of the Melbourne-based singer's forthcoming record that is personal, intimate and beautiful.
February 5, 2019
Julia Jacklin on World Cafe
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Chan Marshall performs live and talks about her journey to 2018's February 1, 2019 Wanderer, a powerful realization she had with Lana Del Rey and the true meaning behind her band name.
Out Lines' Kathryn Joseph, Marcus Mackay (Producer) and James Graham.
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January 31, 2019 World Cafe takes a trip to Glasgow to hear about Kathryn Joseph and James Graham's life-changing act of taking other people's stories and turning them into songs.
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The Melbourne-based band has always got a bent note or quirky chord progression up its proverbial sleeve.
January 29, 2019
Gregory Alan Isakov
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Take a trip to the farm in Colorado where Isakov created his latest album, January 28, 2019 Evening Machines.
Gregory Alan Isakov On World Cafe
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The My Morning Jacket frontman reflects on some of the truths he's found in his own lyrics, including his thoughts on drinking and struggles to stay in the moment.
January 25, 2019
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Hear a stripped-down set of songs from the band's latest album, January 24, 2019 Dance on the Blacktop, and Dominic Palermo's journey through life and the industry.
Watch Sharon Van Etten share her newest track from the album January 24, 2019 Remind Me Tomorrow in an intimate set at KCRW.
Martha Ffion performing live for World Cafe at The Hug and Pint in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Recommended by locals, Martha Ffion treated January 23, 2019 World Cafe to songs from her debut album, Sunday Best.
Martha Ffion On World Cafe
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Even in his 70s, Crosby's stretching sounds in ways that seem to surprise and delight even the musician himself.
January 22, 2019
David Crosby On World Cafe
Mumford & Sons
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The members of Mumford & Sons went through a lot of personal changes that fed into writing the band's fourth album, January 18, 2019 Delta.
Mumford And Sons On World Cafe
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Farris writes a love letter to his wife on January 16, 2019 Silver and Stone, a collection of originals and covers that are deeply soulful and definitely uplifting.
Mike Farris On World Cafe
Amy Ray performing live for World Cafe
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Ray's in love with a place that doesn't always love her back. But she draws creative fuel from the differences of opinion.
January 14, 2019
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Hear a live performance from the Dinosaur Jr. frontman, including two songs from his 2018 solo album, January 11, 2019 Elastic Days.
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January 10, 2019 World Cafe takes a trip to Glasgow, Scotland for a Sense Of Place session with this festival favorite.
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Members of Las Cafeteras perform an updated version of "La Bamba."
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An excerpt of a year-long series featured on NPR that speak to unity and inspiration.
January 10, 2019
Alt.Latino's American Anthems: An Exploration Of Songs That Unite
With French flare, Chris performs this January 10, 2019 Chris highlight in the KCRW studio.
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"We started out as romantic partners at the beginning of the album and then we weren't anymore by the end," musician Kalmia Traver says.
January 8, 2019
Rubblebucket On World Cafe