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

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Jukebox The Ghost Are Off To The Races
2040
Jukebox the Ghost, the Brooklyn based three piece have been making dynamic pop and rock for the last 15 years, having just released their 5th album, Off to the Races. It's a joyous affair, with no shortage of inventive pop melodies, big hooks, and yes, plenty of piano. We talk about some of the fun tricks they used on Off to the Races, including layering Ben's voice over 100 times.
Aug 14, 2018
Liz Cooper and The Stampede
2357
Call it psychedelic, call it classic, or call it the sound of new Nashville -Liz Cooper and the Stampede are leading the rock pack in Tennessee right now. Cooper has gained a growing following in Nashville and beyond as one of the rock scene's most distinctive guitarists, with a style few can imitate; in her trio, the Stampede, she builds alluring soundscapes where her gently philosophical, wryly romantic lyrics come to life. She shares her take on 21st century psychedelia with the Cafe's Ann Powers, and the band performs live music from their debut album, Window Flowers, which just came out.
Aug 13, 2018
Jim Lauderdale: Time Flies
1530
Americana Master, Jim Lauderdale has been a Nashville performer and songwriter for over 30 years, releasing dozens of solo albums and writing for folks like Patti Loveless, Vince Gill and George Strait. You'd forgive him if he wanted to take it easy after winning the lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association, but instead Jim's releasing TWO albums this year, that serve as bookends for his career: A new studio album called Time Flies, and a collection of songs Jim recorded with his buddy and amazing mandolin player, Roland White way back in 1979. The tapes for "Jim Lauderdale and Roland White" were lost for almost 40 years, but Jim will tell us how they saw the light of day and performs live on World Cafe.
Aug 07, 2018
Amanda Shires Changes That Nashville Sound
1824
In the year and a half since Shires last visited World Cafe, she's finished her Masters of Fine Arts, raised a toddler, made a new record, won Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, toured in her husband Jason Isbell's band, and called up a country radio station to give them a piece of her mind after hearing a steady stream of only male voices.Shires shares some of those stories, and performs live music from her new record To The Sunset.
Jul 31, 2018
Amanda Shires Changes That Nashville Sound
1824
In the year and a half since Shires last visited World Cafe, she's finished her Masters of Fine Arts, raised a toddler, made a new record, won Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards, toured in her husband Jason Isbell's band, and called up a country radio station to give them a piece of her mind after hearing a steady stream of only male voices.Shires shares some of those stories, and performs live music from her new record To The Sunset.
Jul 31, 2018
Stanley Clarke: The Message
1761
Stanley Clarke is a legend and virtuoso of both the electric and acoustic bass. As a classically trained musician, he's worked with countless musicians over the last several decades, most notably with Chick Corea in Return to Forever. On this visit to the World Cafe, he discusses his new album, The Message, and shares stories about Tom Petty, Keith Richards, and bass peer Jaco Pastorius.
Jul 31, 2018
Dave Matthews Band
3945
Hear live performances and an impassioned conversation with frontman Dave Matthews. Dave shares his excitement about the band's new album Come Tomorrow. He talks about having his song "Crash Into Me" used in the Greta Gerwig film Lady Bird, going to the March For Our Lives in Seattle with his daughter, and being born into apartheid-era South Africa. Dave also talks about the lineup changes in his band since they formed in 1991, including the passing of original saxophone player LeRoi Moore and the recent departure of violinist Boyd Tinsley.
Jul 19, 2018
Love Leads to 24 Million Spotify Streams
1726
Zack and Dani Green were married before they ever played music together. It was 6 months in when, one afternoon, the guitarist and singer asked his spouse for input on a song he was writing. Within hours they realized that Dani's background as a student of literature and her talent as a harmonizer brought Zak's music to another level. After reaching out to a few friends they created the band Birdtalker, and before ever embarking on a national tour their song "Heavy" took off on Spotify – it now has over 24 million streams! The group recently released their debut album ONE. Birdtalker join the Cafe's Ann Powers for a conversation about faith, doubt, love and listening, at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jul 16, 2018
The Suffers Do Whatever Feels Right
1221
The first line you hear lead singer Kam Franklin say on The Suffers new album is "Full on disclosure/I'm not here for exposure/I came to have a good time/So let me shine". Yeah, the Suffers are a party and a lot of fun, but they've also worked incredibly hard to find success. They've survived hurricanes and discrimination in the music business to thrive, all while proudly repping their hometown of Houston. The city's music scene and diversity are a huge part of the band's identity. We'll talk about all that, hear a live performance and we'll find out what cuffing season is.
Jul 13, 2018
Frank Turner Wants To "Make America Great Again"
1604
But how? That's the twist you'll hear in a song on Turner's new album "Be More Kind". Turner visits the Cafe to talk about his decision to dive back into the arena of social commentary in his music, even though in the past he received flak from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum for his views. Turner also speaks about the personal benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and how the "militantly practical" techniques he learned have helped him cope with his own ups and downs.
Jul 10, 2018