World Cafe Words and Music Podcast

NPR

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

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Networks:

NPR

WXPN

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Silversun Pickups let go of expectations on 'Physical Thrills'

2/7/2023
Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger talk about the indie rock band's sixth studio album, Physical Thrills.

Duration:00:36:21

The Culture Corner: R&B music in the '70s

2/6/2023
To celebrate Black History Month, World Cafe is exploring the Black roots of R&B through the decades, beginning with the '70s.

Duration:00:18:52

Is there an album

2/3/2023
World Cafe asked veteran music journalists Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions to choose the definitive Chicago album.

Duration:00:25:23

Step inside the 'birthplace of gospel music'

2/3/2023
Chicago's Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church played a pivotal role in the evolution of gospel.

Duration:00:13:23

Chicago's jazz scene was the perfect place for Makaya McCraven to break the rules

2/1/2023
The "beat scientist" and composer chats about his musical upbringing and his approach to remixing live music.

Duration:00:32:16

Here are 5 Chicago soul records you should know

1/30/2023
Ayana Contreras, host of WBEZ's Reclaimed Soul, talks about what makes Chicago soul special.

Duration:00:18:37

This Chicago store is a must if you're on the hunt for rare, vintage guitars

1/30/2023
The city's Chicago Music Exchange boasts a massive showroom that looks more like a museum of musical instruments.

Duration:00:07:48

Chicago's indie music scene is thriving inside this college student's apartment

1/27/2023
DePaul University student Eli Schmitt hosts live performances from local bands as part of his New Now series.

Duration:00:15:56

Chicago rapper Pinqy Ring knows you can't have a music scene without community

1/27/2023
The Puerto Rican rapper and educator travels all over the city and the world using hip hop as a way to connect.

Duration:00:16:48

The Culture Corner: How Curtis Mayfield left an indelible mark on Chicago

1/26/2023
Born in Chicago, Mayfield was responsible for so much music over the course of his career, from soundtracks to his work with The Impressions.

Duration:00:15:06

A 'product child of Chicago,' KAINA is learning to savor the home she's made here

1/25/2023
The musician talks about her latest album, It Was A Home, and the creative community she's fostered in Chicago.

Duration:00:12:21

Legendary audio engineer Steve Albini built his Chicago studio brick by brick

1/20/2023
The man behind albums by Nirvana, the Pixies and more opens the doors to Electrical Audio and details his egalitarian approach to working with musicians.

Duration:00:20:42

Pigface to Reznor: Here's what you'll find in Chicago's new industrial rock museum

1/20/2023
Industrial music heavyweight Martin Atkins pulled from his personal collection of memorabilia to create Chicago's new Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music.

Duration:00:12:19

Demi Lovato unleashes her anger on 'HOLY F***'

1/17/2023
Demi Lovato reflects on the limitations of the "hyper-feminine pop star" and embracing a hard rock sound on her latest album, HOLY F***.

Duration:00:31:47

Danielle Ponder found her own voice after years of giving a voice to others

1/16/2023
For a long time, singing was something Danielle Ponder did on the side, but with the release of her debut album, Some of Us Are Brave, last fall, it's become her main focus.

Duration:00:40:33

Captain Kirk Douglas dives into a 'New Unknown'

1/12/2023
Captain Kirk Douglas, the guitarist and vocalist for The Roots, talks about his second solo album, New Unknown.

Duration:00:22:28

Alvvays hopes a sip of 'Blue Rev' will transport you to a different time

1/10/2023
Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin talks about the stolen demos and recording experiments that led to the Canadian band's latest album, Blue Rev.

Duration:00:24:24

Shemekia Copeland wants to sow understanding on 'Done Come Too Far'

1/4/2023
Copeland, widely considered one of the greatest blues singers of her generation, talks about the third installment in a trilogy of albums.

Duration:00:32:31

Honey Harper makes country music for everyone

1/3/2023
Hear Honey Harper's blend of cosmic country and southern rock in this mini-concert recorded live for World Cafe.

Duration:00:15:28

Here's why Amos Lee crafted a full album tribute to jazz legend Chet Baker

12/19/2022
The Philadelphia-based musician performs covers from Baker's classic record, Chet Baker Sings.

Duration:00:25:05