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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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

Copyright: Copyright 2016 WXPN University of Pennsylvania

Andy Shauf invites you to "The Party"

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:38:00 -0400

On his magical and melancholy concept album The Party, Saskatchewan's Andy Shauf explores the awkward moments and juicy encounters at a shindig in a small town.

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God Save the Kink! Ray Davies Still Looking For Life's Poetry

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:53:00 -0400

Recently knighted Sir Raymond Douglas Davies is still all about the work more than 50 years after The Kinks hit number one with "You Really Got Me" in 1964. At 72 he finds he can't stop working even if he wanted to. In our conversation about his new album Americana, recorded with The Jayhawks, he talks about British and American myths- inspired by Saturday afternoon trips to the cinema to watch Westerns as a child. He shares that the other British Invasion bands in the sixties were not always as welcomed as the lovable British moptops, The Beatles.

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Funk and Soul with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:51:00 -0400

Armed with a full horn section, these Austin, Texas natives perform lively tracks from their latest record Backlash. Black Joe Lewis tells David Dye about the dramatic changes his band has seen in their hometown over the past few years, and how Austin's music scene has been impacted.

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The Neo-Soul Sounds of Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:18:00 -0400

From living with Philip Glass as a kid to being sampled by Drake after he started releasing his own music, Gabriel Garzon-Montano tells the stories that have shaped his life and performs songs from his latest album, Jardin.

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John Mayer on his new release The Search for Everything

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:25:00 -0400

"This record is the chronicle of my discovering and reconciling pain", says John of his big, ambitious new album. We spoke last Friday in his dressing room before a concert in Philadelphia about his return to pop, taking off the "too tight t-shirt" of early fame and the raw emotion behind some of his new songs.

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Chicano Batman is "a return to the everyday hero"

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:40:00 -0400

From a deeply personal song in Spanish addressing police brutality ("La Jura""") to the more global concept behind their new album Freedom is Free, Chicano Batman are not afraid to discuss the issues they care about. The LA group brings a sense of style, psychedelic swagger and Afro-Latin influences in the music they play live in this Latin Roots session.

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Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips Steps Out of His Big Plexiglass Ball To Talk With Us

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:45:00 -0400

In studio performances of songs from Oczy Mlody the latest Flaming Lips album and Wayne Coyne tells about making it and about the artistic chaos in his Oklahoma City home growing up that made the Lips the perfect band for him!

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