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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
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