World Cafe

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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. Visit World Cafe to see what's playing. 

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World Cafe
3:52 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Sense Of Place: The Charms Of Portland

David Dye and Tucker Martine.
WXPN

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Who better to introduce the true sound of Portland, Ore. than the man behind many of its best musical acts?

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World Cafe
2:53 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Andrew Bird On World Cafe

Andrew Bird's latest record, Break It Yourself, was released this month.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 11:05 am

Whistling polymath Andrew Bird has become a perennial favorite of folk-pop aficionados and classical fans alike. As a trained violinist and a longtime touring musician, he has a way of expertly melding many genres and influences into his own unique brand of baroque pop. Showcasing his impressive skills with the violin, guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel and vocals, Bird is a picture of versatility.

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World Cafe
4:17 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Portland's Revered Record Stores

The storefront of Music Millennium, Portland's premier independent record store.
WXPN

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Our Sense of Place Portland series focuses on the history of Portland, Ore. pop music as observed by longtime resident Terry Currier. He's uniquely qualified to survey the Portland music scene and the state of the record business because he owns Music Millennium, Portland's premier independent record store, where he has worked since 1972. He is also the founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Imelda May On World Cafe

Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May.
Courtesy of the artist

Imelda May began her affair with rockabilly early on in life — by the time she was 9, she'd already begun to emulate Elmore James and Billie Holiday. In 2007, after years of singing in clubs, May stole the spotlight with Love Tattoo. The 12-track collection shot to the #1 spot in Ireland, stealing the hearts of audiences and contemporaries the world over.

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World Cafe
12:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Sense Of Place: Discover Portland's Music Scene

Colin Meloy and David Dye in Portland.
Bob Giardini Courtesy of Bob G Media

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:33 pm

In this special World Cafe broadcast, we explore a side of Portland, Ore. with The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.

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World Cafe
11:59 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Julia Nunes On World Cafe

YouTube star Julia Nunes' first album for a record label, Settle Down, was released in February.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Hailing from New York, acoustic pop sensation Julia Nunes got her start posting videos on YouTube in 2006, playing covers from idols such as The Beatles, Ben Folds and The Beach Boys.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Y La Bamba On 'World Cafe: Next'

Y La Bamba's new album, Court The Storm, was released this February.
Sarah Law Courtesy of the artist

Hailing from the rain-soaked, indie folk hub that is Portland, Ore., the members of Y La Bamba are pretty far from their Latin inspirations. But this pop outfit is centered around the powerful, otherworldly vocals of Luz Elena Mendoza, and some of her main influences came from a childhood in Mexico — accordions, mariachi and Latin rhythms.

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World Cafe
5:11 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

Sharon Van Etten.
Elisabeth Vitale

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:01 pm

Sharon Van Etten's raspy, elegant vocals and deeply confessional folk-rock have made her a rising star. Ever since her official debut in 2009, the heart-breakingly intimate Because I Was In Love, Van Etten has been expanding her sound and adding grit to her delivery.

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World Cafe
3:40 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Shannon Brinkman

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 1:56 pm

This week, World Cafe invites you to discover the music of New Orleans with the series Sense of Place.

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World Cafe
4:52 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Willie Nile On World Cafe

Willie Nile.
Cristina Arrigoni

Willie Nile's folk-rock career has been varied and somewhat sporadic, but he always finds his way back to music. A gifted singer-songwriter, Nile has developed a versatile style that can be just as moving in a stadium as it is in a coffee shop.

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