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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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

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

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Philadelphia, PA

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NPR

WXPN

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

LA Hood Life Tours: A Ride Through The Birthplace Of West Coast Hip-Hop

5/29/2020
LA Hood Life Tours take you to where Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle and the larger genre of West Coast Hip-Hop got started.

Duration:00:20:38

Chicano Batman Speaks To Its Musical Evolution On 'Invisible People'

5/28/2020
Chicano Batman's latest album, Invisible People, is a big sounding record, but it's also tight and filled with hooks.

Duration:00:20:58

Possum Dixon Bandleader Rob Zabrecky Found The Magic In Performance

5/22/2020
Not only was he was the rock and roll leader of Possum Dixon, but he's a world class magician, storyteller and now author with his 2019 memoir, Strange Cures, which explores his life and a very untold side of LA.

Duration:00:10:00

LA Trio JEMS Creates Harmonies And Songs To Stand The Test Of Time

5/22/2020
The Los Angeles trio performs live from the famed club Hotel Cafe, sharing the importance of the venue, and how they discovered they could sing in such perfect harmony.

Duration:00:26:46

Sparks Refuses To Go Out Of Style

5/18/2020
The band's been flipping pop conventions for the past five decades; that innovation continues on its latest, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.

Duration:00:26:27

A Career-Spanning Conversation With Liz Phair

5/15/2020
We met up with Liz Phair during a Sense Of Place trip to Los Angeles in early March. She performs live and talks about her journey, overcoming expectations, her upcoming album, Soberish.

Duration:00:55:30

Ethan Gruska's Musical Family Tree Goes Way Back

5/15/2020
Ethan Gruska has produced for artists including 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.

Duration:00:25:20

It'll Take More Than A Tornado And A Pandemic To Stop The Music Of Nashville

5/15/2020
World Cafe's Nashville correspondent, Ann Powers, talks about the state of Music City and five new releases that she's excited about.

Duration:00:17:34

Did Hamilton Leithauser Write A Song About You?

5/13/2020
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.

Duration:00:28:30

With 'Silver Landings,' Mandy Moore Reclaims Her First Love, Music

5/11/2020
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.

Duration:00:29:20

Radio DJ Zane Lowe Shares His Take On The Future Of Music

5/8/2020
While capturing a Sense Of Place in Los Angeles, Zane Lowe shares the city's current status and where artists and fans might go from here in this strange moment in history.

Duration:00:33:54

How A Book Of New Orleans Brothels Inspired Don Vappie's Latest Album

5/6/2020
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.

Duration:00:38:24

Waxahatchee Ventures From Her Rock Roots To Americana

5/4/2020
Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield went through a period of personal growth while making her latest album, 'Saint Cloud.'

Duration:00:29:15

Early James On His Debut Album And A Dose Of Perspective About His Canceled Tour

4/29/2020
The young singer-songwriter, whose debut album was released last month on Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound and Nonesuch Records, provides a thoughtful explanation of life on his song "High Horse."

Duration:00:23:39

M. Ward Is Staying Busy During the Pandemic

4/27/2020
M. Ward discusses what he's been up to and what inspired his latest album, Migration Stories. He also performs songs from the album.

Duration:00:32:26

Self-Isolating HAIM Shares Stories From Upcoming Album, 'Women In Music Pt. III'

4/23/2020
Danielle, Alana and Este of HAIM joined us for a virtual conversation to discuss the decision to postpone the album, writing songs via voice memos and break down their verses on the song "Hallelujah."

Duration:00:19:19

Angie McMahon On Reimagining Her Debut At Home And 'Keeping Time' In Isolation

4/22/2020
From her home in Australia, Angie McMahon talks about the songwriter's romantic ideal of being awake at 4 a.m., winning a contest to open for Bon Jovi and the powerful song she wrote after a bad date.

Duration:00:30:05

Laura Marling Performs 'Song For Our Daughter' And Talks About Her New Album

4/21/2020
Marling wasn't planning to release her new album until the end of the summer. But when the world changed, she changed her mind.

Duration:00:30:12

How Tré Burt Went From Busking To John Prine's Label

4/20/2020
The singer-songwriter was doing pretty much everything on his own, until Oh Boy Records heard his debut album, picked it up and re-released it.

Duration:00:23:54

Radiohead's Ed O'Brien Talks 'Earth,' His New Solo Project As EOB

4/17/2020
The Radiohead guitarist tells us about taking a break to spend time with his family, finding community at Glastonbury and drawing inspiration from the folk tradition of Wales with Laura Marling.

Duration:00:45:04