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


Kurt Vile Makes A Country Record

In this episode, Vile shares the story of how he got to work with his musical hero, John Prine.
21/01/2120m 40s

Bill Callahan Shares Home Recordings From His Latest Album

Bill Callahan knows how to inhabit characters that make it easier to see yourself, or someone you know, in them. His latest album, Gold Record, is no exception.
19/01/2128m 51s

Chris Frantz's Memoir Explores Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club From The Inside

From Talking Heads' first gig opening for The Ramones at CBGB to their last at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Frantz's' book is filled with incredible stories.
15/01/2138m 0s

Arlo McKinley's Life Is Full Of Gripping Stories

The singer-songwriter released his album, Die Midwestern, on John Prine's label last year.
13/01/2133m 19s

Dumpstaphunk Captures What Nasty, Funky Sound Is All About

Led by Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville, Dumpstaphunk's songs combine good times and a sweaty sensuality with social and political commentary.
11/01/2146m 47s

The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb And Producer Dave Cobb Talk New 'Songbook'

Gibb has released a new album that presents the songs of his Bee Gee brothers in a whole new way.
08/01/2122m 22s

The Avalanches Explain Their New Album, 'We Will Always Love You'

The Avalanches' Robbie Chater and Tony Diblasi talk about their new approach, their love of sampling and why their new album arrived so quickly.
07/01/2132m 40s

Lianne La Havas' Latest Album Is All Hers

La Havas stepped into the producer's role for her new self-titled album. Hear the U.K. pop star perform four songs for World Cafe.
04/01/2136m 21s

The Bird And The Bee Gives Holiday Classics A Fresh Perspective

The duo's bright electro-pop sound works perfectly for reimagined songs like "Sleigh Ride" and "Hallelujah Chorus."
24/12/2024m 39s

Billy Corgan Performs Acoustic Versions Of Smashing Pumpkins Songs, New And Old

If you dive into the new Smashing Pumpkins album, CYR, you might not be getting what you'd expect, and that's exactly what Billy Corgan wants. He performs solo in this session.
22/12/2038m 34s

Michael Mwenso Shares A Collection Of Protest Songs

You might know him as a musician and bandleader, but Mwenso can now add "teacher" to his list of accomplishments.
21/12/2012m 0s

It Took Maggie Rogers Lots Of Hard Work To Reach 'Overnight Success'

Before the 2016 viral video with Pharrell Williams in her class at NYU, Maggie Rogers had been making and releasing music for years — and now, you can hear some of it on her new release, Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016.
18/12/2023m 36s

Mike Scott Leans Into The Poetry Of His Lyrics On 'Good Luck, Seeker'

Scott's continuing artistic curiosity has led to all sorts of sounds from The Waterboys. On the latest album, we see Scott explore the art of spoken word.
16/12/2031m 34s

Bruce Hornsby Shares The Stories Behind 'Non-Secure Connection'

Hornsby's latest album features collaborations with James Mercer of The Shins and the late Leon Russell – the latter of which is a reworking of an old song they wrote decades back.
14/12/2034m 48s

Loudon Wainwright III Chooses Songs From The Early 1900s For His Latest Album

So how did it all come together? How did Loudon choose the songs for his new album, I'd Rather Lead a Band? He speaks on just that in this session.
11/12/2023m 38s

Lido Pimienta Opens Up And Performs Live

Listen to the Grammy-nominated Canadian perform songs from Miss Colombia, one of NPR's favorite albums of 2020.
09/12/2037m 6s

Jess Cornelius Captures The Uncertainty That Comes With Big Life Changes

After 10 years of fronting the Australian indie band Teeth & Tongue, Cornelius went solo, and in the process grappled with expectations, found love, and followed her dreams.
08/12/2028m 32s

Low Cut Connie Sets Out To 'Change The Molecules In The Room'

In this session, Adam Weiner of Low Cut Connie dissects his mindset when it comes to performing – advice that, it turns out, applies to many (more normal) situations in life.
04/12/2055m 29s

Shamir Stepped Away From The Noise And Now, Starts Over

Shamir talks about the years that followed his pop success in 2014, the pressure to take advantage of opportunities and his eclectic new album.
03/12/2035m 11s

Back On Tour, Already: A Live Performance From The Beths

Way back in the spring, New Zealand's response to the coronavirus was so swift and effective that The Beths were able to book a whole tour.
01/12/2028m 5s

Joachim Cooder's Mbira Calms From The First Note

Joachim Cooder talks on how the instrument informs his new album, Over That Road I'm Bound: The Songs of Uncle Dave Macon, and performs live with his father, Ry Cooder.
30/11/2035m 40s

Cordovas Epitomize What It Means To Be A Free Spirit

Cordovas frontperson Joe Firstman speaks with host Raina Douris about the unusual path of his music career — and performs four songs.
24/11/2026m 42s

Joan Osborne Returns, With A Very Personal Album

Joan Osborne has had a lot of success with music written by other people over the years, but Trouble And Strife is all her.
23/11/2033m 52s

Hear Beabadoobee Perform A Concert From Her Childhood Bedroom

Beabadoobee plays her hit "Coffee," plus three songs from her new album, Fake It Flowers.
20/11/2030m 43s

Hear The Inspirational Protest Songs Of The Resistance Revival Chorus

A collective of around 65 women and nonbinary singers perform both originals and covers on Resistance Revival Chorus' album This Joy, recorded just before the pandemic.
19/11/2026m 30s

Chicago Rock Trio Dehd Will Leave You Feeling Alive

DEHD's Emily Kempf started out as a very shy kid – but now, she loves the rush of performing live. Hear a live performance in this session.
17/11/2028m 3s

Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' Is Like Catching Up With An Old Friend

When Alanis Morissette released her breakout record 25 years ago, it was powerful and brutally honest in ways hadn't been heard before. In this session, she speaks on the album and more recent musical of the same name.
16/11/2051m 55s

Big Chiefs Of Rival Mardi Gras Tribes Come Together As The 79rs Gang

The 79rs Gang's new album, Expect the Unexpected, feeds the head and tickles the feet, featuring collaborations with members of Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem, among others.
11/11/2021m 46s

Gillian Welch Opens Up The Archive On 'Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs'

The third volume in her quarantine series of archival recordings is out Nov. 13.
10/11/2035m 26s

Tim Heidecker's New Album Is Not Comedy. No, Seriously.

Heidecker's comedy show, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! developed a cult following. But his new record is a "serious album about serious topics."
09/11/2043m 18s

Becca Mancari Grapples With Painful Memories On 'The Greatest Part'

In this session, Becca Mancari talks about the personal journey that brought about her latest album.
06/11/2030m 34s

Sam Morrow Leans Into The Groove

The songs on the country rock musician's latest album are filled with personality — and funk.
05/11/2032m 5s

Bob Mould Unplugs To Perform Songs From His Latest Album, 'Blue Hearts'

The former frontman of Hüsker Dü and Sugar goes acoustic for his World Cafe session.
30/10/2035m 53s

Elvis Costello Takes You On A Journey With 'Hey Clockface'

Elvis Costello's new album was recorded in Helsinki and Paris, and that change in locales is palpable.
27/10/2026m 44s

The Prison Music Project: Songs from Inside New Folsom Prison

Producer Ani DiFranco, songwriter Zoe Boekbinder, and formerly incarcerated writer Nathan Jackson Brown talk about bringing the stories from inside New Folsom Prison to the world.
26/10/2038m 42s

Devon Gilfillian Re-Records Marvin Gaye's 1971 album 'What's Going On'

Nashville-based artist Devon Gilfillian talks about why he wanted to re-record What's Going On from start to finish.
23/10/2018m 24s

How Phoenix Scored Sofia Coppola's 'On The Rocks'

Lead singer Thomas Mars and guitarist Christian Mazzalai of Phoenix discuss their work with film director Sofia Coppola.
23/10/2015m 42s

Songhoy Blues' New Album Is Full Of Protest Songs, But They're Also Hopeful

The North African band performs songs from its third album, Optimisme, a collection of songs focusing on life in their native country of Mali.
22/10/2020m 8s

Nick Lowe Performs 'Lay It On Me Baby' From His West London Home

Recorded with his longtime house band, Los Straitjackets, Lowe performs acoustic versions of songs from his latest EP.
20/10/2040m 38s

David Crosby Reflects On Musical Projects, Past And Present

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a counterculture icon. Listen to a wide-ranging interview on World Cafe.
16/10/2048m 46s

The Mavericks Are Going Back To Their Roots On 'En Español'

Though they've done some songs in Spanish in the past, En Español is The Mavericks' first album entirely in Spanish.
12/10/2037m 42s

Jim James Talks My Morning Jacket's New Album And The Nature That Inspires Him

My Morning Jacket's latest album, The Waterfall II, is a collection of songs recorded in an isolated oceanside studio in Northern California.
05/10/2030m 16s

Hear Dawes Perform On An L.A. Rooftop

We've got a live performance from Dawes and an interview with frontman Taylor Goldsmith.
02/10/2049m 8s

Thad Cockrell's Late-Night Cocktails With Brittany Howard Turned Into An Album

The Nashville singer-songwriter and Leagues frontman shares stories of how his latest album came to be.
24/09/2034m 53s

The Triple Life Of Lori McKenna

In this session, Lori McKenna discusses being a mother of five, a celebrated Nashville songwriter, and a performer with 11 solo albums to her name.
18/09/2030m 21s

John Craigie Has A Knack For Spinning Stories

In this session, Craigie performs songs from his new album, Asterisk the Universe, and we get to hear what makes him such a great storyteller at his shows.
11/09/2037m 38s

Will Toledo Takes Car Seat Headrest In A New Direction

On his band's latest album, Making a Door Less Open, Toledo expanded the scope of Car Seat Headrest's sound, embracing dance music wholeheartedly.
08/09/2017m 54s

Hannah Georgas, The Other Singer-Songwriter Who Enlisted Aaron Dessner

The Canadian singer-songwriter's new album, All That Emotion, was released on Friday.
07/09/2028m 48s

Ray Lamontagne's 'Monovision' Provides A Soothing Escape From Everyday Life

The singer-songwriter's latest album gives you a glimpse into the natural world that inspires him — and the first album he's made entirely on his own.
04/09/2017m 0s

Mondo Cozmo Topped The Charts, And Then Lost His Cool

Josh Ostrander shares how putting his hand through a pane of glass influenced his latest album, New Medicine.
03/09/2054m 22s

Don Bryant On The Art Of Songwriting

The esteemed Memphis, Tenn., songwriter discusses his 50-plus years in music and performs live.
01/09/2027m 27s

Bettye LaVette Might Be Just What You Need Today

LaVette just released Blackbirds, an album of reinterpretations of songs popularized by some of her favorite jazz singers.
28/08/2015m 58s

How Old 97's Kept It Together Through Life's Ups And Downs

Together for 27 years with the same lineup, the long-running band is back with its 12th album, Twelfth.
24/08/2039m 29s

Are You 'Chaotic Good'? Johanna Warren Explains The Concept Of Her New Album

Showcasing her beautiful vocals, Johanna Warren also makes space for louder, more aggressive elements on her latest album, Chaotic Good.
20/08/2021m 59s

Though It May Seem Like It, Michael McDonald Can't Predict The Future

The Doobie Brothers frontperson released covers of two iconic songs earlier this year that have had an unexpected resonance during the global COVID-19 pandemic and the wave of protests against police brutality.
18/08/2049m 41s

How An Unexpected Call Brought Kathleen Edwards Back To Music

The Canadian singer-songwriter traded her music career for a completely different life running a coffee shop until a Nashville experience brought her back to making music.
14/08/2050m 35s

The Unconventional Influences On Hazel English's Debut Album

English's Wake UP! was not only influenced by the sounds of the '60s but by Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, a critical text that examines what we do for attention.
13/08/2021m 16s

The Chicks Are Still Speaking Out

The Chicks returns with Gaslighter, the trio's first album in 14 years. Today, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer talk about the album, their past and why they're still speaking out.
07/08/2032m 59s

Canadian Band Dizzy's New Album Is Full Of Songs About The Uncertainty Of Your 20s

Members of the Juno-award winning Canadian band talk about their new album, The Sun and Her Scorch, and play songs from it live.
31/07/2028m 31s

The Controlled Chaos Of Man Man

The eclectic band's new album, Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, is its first in seven years. Frontperson Ryan Kattner says three years into it, he started the whole recording process over.
29/07/2019m 40s

A Proud Son Of Immigrants, Zeshan B Shares His Views On America, Race And Music

Zeshan B's music combines his love of American soul with influences from India and Pakistan, where his parents grew up. His latest album is called Melismatic.
24/07/2030m 33s

Bluegrass Sibling Duo Sean And Sara Watkins Returns As Watkins Family Hour

The Watkins Family Hour's latest album, Brother Sister, is the first album that the siblings have written as a duo in their 30-plus year career.
23/07/2035m 20s

Pavement's Stephen Malkmus Decided It Was Time To Make A Weirdo-Folk Record

There are lots of projects that you might know Stephen Malkmus from, but none of them sound like his latest album, Traditional Techniques.
22/07/2023m 45s

Lucinda Williams Has Forged Her Own Path

Hear a conversation with Lucinda Williams recorded from her home in Nashville at the end of June about her new album, Good Souls Better Angels.
20/07/2021m 44s

'The State, Unchecked, Is Your Ultimate Enemy': Run The Jewels On 'RTJ4'

Killer Mike and El-P talk about the way RTJ4 has resonated in this moment, the dynamic between the two that allows them to create such compelling stories and the televised speech that Killer Mike gave to the people of Atlanta last month.
17/07/2055m 1s

Bob Geldof Reflects On Live Aid, 35 Years Later

An estimated 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch Live Aid 35 years ago today. It was an unprecedented, star-studded benefit concert – and it was the brainchild of today's guest, Bob Geldof.
13/07/2030m 28s

Willie Nelson Inhabits The Songs Of Others On 'First Rose Of Spring'

In this session, Nelson reflects on First Rose of Spring, his 70th studio album released July 3.
08/07/2019m 39s

The Jayhawks Returned To Minnesota To Record Its New Album 'XOXO'

You'll hear full band performances as well as an interview with The Jayhawks' bandleader, Gary Louris, in this session. He talks about writing for The Chicks,
07/07/2026m 6s

David Crosby Keeps the Harmonies Coming

At 77, David Crosby is in the midst of a late-life burst of creativity. He's released 4 albums in the last 5 years. His most recent record, Here If You Listen, was recorded with his acoustic group, The Lighthouse Band. You'll hear music from Here If You Listen as well as live recordings of Crosby performing classic Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young songs with The Lighthouse Band. Crosby also tells the story of watching Neil Young write the iconic song "Ohio," about being the subject of a new Cameron Crowe documentary and reflects on the relationships he has with his children.
22/01/1926m 48s

Mumford And Sons

Hear an acoustic performance of songs from Mumford and Sons' latest album Delta and Talia Schlanger's conversation with lead singer Marcus Mumford and keyboard player Ben Lovett. They discuss how the band keeps their shows intimate even when they play arenas, and Marcus shares the story of a life-changing trip to Mosul, Iraq where he sat with a fellow father and discussed the impact of the conflict on children's lives.
18/01/1934m 16s

Mike Farris – Silver and Stone

Grammy Award winner Mike Farris joins the Café to talk about his latest album, Silver and Stone, a love letter to his wife of many years. Farris also talks about writing a song about Mavis Staples, why he can't listen to U2 or Stevie Wonder when recording, and he performs live – including a dynamite Sam Cooke cover.
16/01/1925m 34s

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

From Lulu to Annie Lennox. Gerry Rafferty to Frightened Rabbit. The Proclaimers to KT Tunstall. World Cafe visited the National Museum of Scotland in the fall for a wild ride through "Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop." We examine Scotland's role in the birth of indie music, the impact of some of its most famous exports, and we listened to a ton of fun music from Scotland's rich pop canon. Our tour guide is Vic Galloway, a beloved host and DJ for BBC Radio Scotland and veritable encyclopedia of musical knowledge who wrote the book that accompanies this exhibit. Come along as we rip through the museum!
15/01/1921m 34s

Amy Ray Isn't Afraid to Holler

As a gay, left-wing woman living in the South, Indigo Girls' Amy Ray says she's in love with a place that doesn't always love her back. But she draws creative fuel from the differences of opinion, and also expresses gratitude for the village that's helped Amy and her partner raise their child in rural Georgia. On her latest solo album Holler Amy calls out the difference between Southern pride and Southern hate, imagines what Jesus might have thought of a border wall and delivers a smoking live performance with her band.
14/01/1939m 37s

Elephant Sessions Break Floors & Traditions

Known for putting on raucous shows and turning Scottish traditional music on its head, Scotland's Elephant Sessions are festival favorites who have earned praise in Rolling Stone. In 2018, the band won Live Act of the Year from the Scot Trad Music Awards and were shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year. With 4 out of 5 bandmates hailing from the Scottish Highlands, we talk about Elephant Sessions' role in the wave of young musicians rewriting the rulebook on cool when it comes to traditional sounds. We recorded their performance at GloWorm Recording in Glasgow, as part of World Cafe's Sense of Place series.
10/01/1929m 22s

Rubblebucket Break Up And Don't Break Up

"We started out as romantic partners at the beginning of the album and then we weren't anymore by the end". Kalmia Traver describes the unique circumstances of making Rubblebucket's latest album Sun Machine with Alex Toth, who she met in college over 15 years ago. The two brass musicians and singers perform live and share their story, which includes Kal fighting cancer, Alex getting sober, and a break-up ritual so unique and so deep that we can't stop thinking about it.
08/01/1936m 29s

Lawrence the Band

Clyde Lawrence's first songwriting contribution was given for the film Miss Congeniality at the age of four. His sister, Gracie Lawrence, stars in a CBS series with Sturgill Simpson and Leslie Odom Jr. Together they front the vocal pop group, Lawrence. They'll talk about their new album, Living Room and perform live on the next World Cafe.
07/01/1916m 57s

Johnny Marr – Have Guitar, Will Travel

Johnny Marr's resume includes co-founding The Smiths, playing guitar with The Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads and Electronic (among others), and fronting his own solo project. On Marr's latest album, Call The Comet, he envisions a different type of end of the world scenario, one that's uplifting and optimistic. Marr also shares stories about meeting Isaac Brock, writing "How Soon is Now," and why he dismisses being called a hired gun.
03/01/1930m 51s

Huffamoose: Don't Call Me "Sir"

One day you're touring in a rock band in your twenties, and then all of a sudden the checkout guy at Trader Joe's calls you "sir". Craig Elkins and Kevin Hanson of Huffamoose drop by the Cafe to talk about making the band's first new album in more than a decade, and to reminisce about their early success in the '90s. Huffamoose played the main stage at Woodstock and signed a deal with Interscope. But it all fell apart, and it took years to recover. The band has reunited with the original lineup, rounded out by Jim Stager and Eric Johnson. Hear Huffamoose perform songs from their new album and reflect on their new outlook on rock/life balance.
02/01/1944m 42s

Going Back to Graceland: Christmas With Elvis

Priscilla Presley visited the Cafe last year to tell stories about the first gifts she ever exchanged with Elvis, how they spent Christmas as a married couple, how that changed when they became new parents, and what it's like for her to hear Elvis songs now. We also listened to music from the 2017 album - Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for which Priscilla was the Executive Producer. Since Christmas classics never get old, we're re-gifting this one, er, putting it back in your podcast feed. Merry Christmas!
26/12/1824m 54s

Old 97's Love the Holidays

It's a mistletoe milestone! After 25 years of bringing cheers to our ears, alt country pioneers Old 97's have just released their first ever album of festive jams. Old 97's Love the Holidays features mostly original and absolutely delightful Christmas songs, including one inspired by The Ramones, one inspired by Rudolph's love life and one with a unique take on the social significance of snow angels. Lead singer Rhett Miller, bassist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples all gather round the radio hearth for stories and songs from Old 97s Love the Holidays. They also perform "Total Disaster" from Rhett's recent solo album The Messenger which, as you might glean from the song's title, is not a holiday tune but does come along with a message that might be useful at this time of year.
21/12/1838m 31s

Petal Is Proof, Talking Helps

"Odds are, the people that love you are just dying for you to tell the truth." That's one of the lessons Kiley Lutz, who records as Petal, learned after seeking treatment for major depressive and panic disorders and also after coming out as queer. Both of those experiences shaped Petal's second album Magic Gone. Lutz describes the pivotal moment that provoked her to seek help, why it's important to her to talk about mental health and explains the concept of "compare despair" in the age of social media. She also shows off her ripping sense of fuzzy guitar power pop and bright, clear voice in a performance of songs from Magic Gone.
20/12/1833m 6s

Stax '68: A Memphis Story

Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the M.G.'s are just a few of the artists featured on Stax '68 A Memphis Story. The box set includes every single released by Stax Records in 1968. That's 134 songs! In this episode, Stax recording artist William Bell tells stories about making music in Memphis during a tumultuous year that included the sanitation workers' strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
17/12/1845m 48s

Jeff Tweedy: Books, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll

"I still can't believe you're including the part about stealing my mom's cancer medication". In his new memoir "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)", Jeff Tweedy transcribes a conversation he had with his wife Susie about how much of his own struggle with opioid addiction to include in the book. Tweedy shares some of those stories with World Cafe, including the challenges he faced in rehab and recovery, and his complicated relationships with former bandmates Jay Farrar from Uncle Tupelo and Jay Bennett from Wilco.
14/12/1826m 6s

Fantastic Negrito Is a Shock to the System

He won NPR Music's first Tiny Desk Contest back in 2015 as well as a Grammy in 2017, and there is nothing subtle about him. He is Fantastic Negrito. On his slatest album, Please Don't Be Dead, he ignites and electrifies the blues to tackle addiction, poverty, racism and gun violence. His own life story involves growing up in the 70s with a strict Muslim father in New England as the 8th of 14 kids. He ran away from home at 12 and snuck into practice rooms at Berkeley to teach himself piano. He also nearly died in a car accident and lost a million-dollar record deal. Hear Fantastic Negrito's gripping life story and live performance at World Cafe.
11/12/1841m 34s

Doyle Bramhall II – A Guitarist's Guitarist

Doyle Bramhall II is a lefty who plays his guitar strung upside-down! That's right, guitarists... That means that the high E string is on top. Fear not, playing that way hasn't held Bramhall back. In fact, he's excelled as a guitarist and producer. He's shared the stage alongside guitar gods Eric Clapton and Roger Waters, and as a member of their touring bands. Bramhall is also a successful solo artist who brings his band to World Cafe to perform songs from his latest solo album, Shades.
10/12/1830m 1s

Doe Paoro – No Crystals, No Incense, No Service

Soft power is the act of using coercion rather than force to change things. On Doe Paoro's (AKA Sonia Kreitzer) new record of the same name, she delves into the concept of addressing the changes she wanted to make in her life. It's a lush piano driven R&B record that showcases Doe's incredible vocals. In addition to performing, she also talks about being a yogi, and the art of silent meditation.
06/12/1830m 33s

Anna St. Louis Warms Up The Cafe

Willie Nelson, Mazzy Star and Neil Young have all inspired today's guest to make inviting music that carries an air of mystery, nostalgia and ease. Anna St. Louis started writing songs when she moved to LA about 5 years ago. Her debut full length album If Only There Was a River came out earlier this year. It was produced by Kyle Thomas and Kevin Morby, who Anna knows from her hometown of Kansas City. Anna performs stripped down solo versions of her songs, with the warmth of wool socks and hot toddies in early December.
04/12/1819m 30s

Lori McKenna's Music City Cinderella Story

Lori was 28 and a mother of 3 when she started singing at open mics. Last year, she became the first woman named Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. Lori shares the story behind her success in Nashville, including the pivotal early support she got from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. She also describes her life in the small town of Stoughton, Massachusetts, where she was raised and where she still lives with her husband. Lori married him at 19 and they have 5 children together. Hear Lori perform songs from her latest album The Tree, which showcases her incredible knack for writing moving songs about family, and the small bittersweet details of life.
30/11/1839m 43s

Hatchie – Sugar Spice, and Dreampop

Hatchie is Harriette Pilbeam, and when she's not playing in the Australian rock band Babaganouj, she's creating her own dream-pop music. It started last year with her debut single, "Try," which became a huge hit in her home country, and now, she's released her first solo EP, called Sugar & Spice. We'll hear some of those lush soundscapes in a live set today, and Harriette talks with host Stephen Kallao about what it was like to strike out on her own as a solo artist, and why she buries her more personal lyrics in a wall of sound. Hatchie, on the World Cafe.
26/11/1817m 6s

Tom Morello Makes America Rage Again

Tom Morello changed the shape of rock n'roll with his guitar playing in Rage Against the Machine. He joins us to talk about his new genre-bending project, The Atlas Underground, featuring collaborations with Marcus Mumford, Portugal the Man, EDM beats, and Morello's signature guitar sound. He'll also tell us how many songs he had to learn to play to join the E-Street Band on tour (hint, it was more than 100). Tom reflects on his former bandmate Chris Cornell, and why the message of Rage is more relevant than ever.
16/11/1825m 14s

Young Fathers Make Massive Music in a Tiny Basement

2018's Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Young Fathers welcome World Cafe to their compact studio in Edinburgh, where the three band members share their unique stories. Alloysious Massaquoi left Liberia as a child refugee in the 90s and faced a difficult and lifesaving trip by boat to Ghana before settling in Scotland. Kayus Bankole was born in Edinburgh to Nigerian parents and spent time traveling between the country where he was born, the US and his parents' homeland. Graham Hastings grew up in a predominantly white working-class neighborhood in Scotland where his parents provided a model of love for diversity that was not the norm among his peers. The trio talks about tackling systemic racism in their lives and music, the unique bond that allows them to express their truest creative selves and why their tiny studio is a vital part of Young Fathers' creative process.
14/11/1818m 58s

Robyn On Being Your Own Best Friend

Robyn just released Honey, her first new full-length album in 8 years. While making the record Robyn was dealing with two big losses – the end of a relationship and the death of a long-time friend and collaborator. Robyn explains how she used dance to help her cope and to inspire creation on Honey
13/11/1810m 9s

KT Tunstall In Edinburgh

What do the best Scottish chips have in common with the best songwriters? KT Tunstall explains as we travel to Edinburgh to hear music from KT's new album Wax. KT shares stories from her childhood, including the magical game her physicist father would play with her and her brother when they were kids. It involved liquid nitrogen and a long corridor, and was called "Don't Touch, Don't Die". She describes what it was like the first time her brother, who is deaf, was able to hear her music thanks to a cochlear implant. And KT shares her theory on why Scotland has such a massive musical output for a country with a relatively small population.
08/11/1844m 39s
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