World Cafe

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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.


The band's been flipping pop conventions for the past five decades; that innovation continues on its latest, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.
Ethan Gruska has produced albums for Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers and Manchester Orchestra, but he's also a successful solo artist. He'll play a few songs from his excellent sophomore album, En Garde, for this Sense of Place session.
We met up with Liz Phair during a Sense Of Place trip to Los Angeles last year. She performs live and talks about her journey, overcoming expectations, her upcoming album, Soberish.
World Cafe's Nashville correspondent, Ann Powers, talks about the state of Music City and five new releases that she's excited about.
His new album is called The Loves of Your Life, and each song was written about a different person — some strangers, some friends. Hamilton embellished some details and changed some names, but he didn't tell anyone he was writing about them.
The teen pop-turned-TV star shares what it was like working with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, on her new album, and how he helped her return to songwriting.
Kicking off the World Cafe Sense Of Place series in Los Angeles, local radio legend Nic Harcourt shares his favorite new discoveries.
While capturing a Sense Of Place in Los Angeles, Zane Lowe shares the city's currently status and where artists and fans might go from here in this strange moment in history.
The Blue Book of Storyville was a catalog that described the city's many brothels and prostitutes. Don Vappie, known for interpreting New Orleans' music canon, used it to imagine his latest album.
Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield went through a period of personal growth while making her latest album, 'Saint Cloud.'
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