World Cafe

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David Dye

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. 

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4:02pm

Mon July 2, 2012
World Cafe

Next: Japandroids

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 4:31 pm

Japandroids.
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Before Japandroids reached the popularity they've earned today, guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse had to endure some ups and downs. In the beginning, the duo gave up the search for a lead vocalist and third member, deciding instead to split vocal duties. This turn of events ended up affecting the band's dual but equal decision-making process — even the band's name is a hodgepodge of ideas from each member.

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1:32pm

Fri June 29, 2012
World Cafe

M. Ward On World Cafe

M. Ward.
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In recent years, indie-folk singer-songwriter M. Ward has dabbled in the retro pop sounds of She and Him with Zooey Deschanel and joined forces with Conor Oberst and Jim James in Monsters of Folk.

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3:15pm

Thu June 28, 2012
World Cafe

Latin Roots: The Trajectory Of Tango

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 9:24 am

Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla performs in France in July 1986.
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For World Cafe's 13th episode of Latin Roots, Latin-music expert Ernesto Lechner talks tango. Lechner was born and raised in Buenos Aires, which is widely regarded as the genre's birthplace.

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3:15pm

Thu June 28, 2012
World Cafe

John Lydon On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:09 am

John Lydon (center right) of Public Image Ltd.
Courtesy of Paul Heartfield

Though John Lydon remains best known as Johnny Rotten, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, his music career didn't end with the pioneering punk act's split in 1978. Lydon formed Public Image Ltd shortly thereafter and dropped his adopted stage name. Widely considered the first post-punk band, PiL experiments with a wide palette of sounds, including dub, rock and disco.

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3:03pm

Wed June 27, 2012
World Cafe

Third World On World Cafe

Third World.
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Together nearly 30 years, the reggae band Third World is one Jamaica's most popular and decorated musical acts, with listeners around the world and 10 Grammy nominations to its name. Partly responsible for mainstreaming reggae music, the group formed in 1973 and built a solid following playing the Kingston reggae scene, making its debut at Jamaica's Independence Day celebration.

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