World Cafe

Saturdays at 10 pm
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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11:50am

Thu May 31, 2012
World Cafe

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:59 pm

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The Magnetic Fields' music provides one of several outlets for frontman Stephin Merritt's inspired songwriting. The band began recording a string of eclectic albums in 1993, and finally found mainstream recognition with 1999's three-disc 69 Love Songs.

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9:51am

Wed May 30, 2012
World Cafe

Yann Tiersen On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:34 pm

Jeff Rabillon

The music of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen breaks the constraints of form, yet each track is built around poignant, emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead. He began recording in the summer of 1993, and first found commercial success in his native France with 1998's Le Phare, recorded in two months on the island of Ouessant.

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4:38pm

Tue May 29, 2012
World Cafe

Next: Two Man Gentlemen Band

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 3:54 pm

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  • Hear two new tracks from Two Man Gentleman Band

Self-described as "hot, raucous, retro swing for two," Two Man Gentlemen Band lives up to its claim. But, as the name suggests, there's a subtle ridiculousness to the group's sound. Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have made a career of recording old-school, '60s-style folk on vintage equipment, only to pack their songs with parodies, anachronisms and absurdities.

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12:27pm

Tue May 29, 2012
World Cafe

The Lumineers On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:41 pm

The Lumineers.
Mark Sink

This week's Vintage Cafe goes back to 2012, when good things were starting to happen for a trio of musicians from Denver. The Lumineers' original members, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, were high-school friends who moved to Denver thinking they'd have a better shot at getting noticed than they had in Brooklyn — plus, it was affordable. There, they met their third member, cellist Neyla Pekarek, through a Craigslist ad.

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3:19pm

Fri May 25, 2012
World Cafe

John Mayer On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 4:11 pm

John Mayer.
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Becoming a rock star has major implications — just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.

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