Meet Stephen Kallao, World Cafe’s new Contributing Host

Stephen Kallao

Meet Stephen Kallao, the new Contributing Host of the World Cafe. He joins Cafe Host Talia Schlanger and contributor David Dye, as the newest member of the WXPN programming team. As Contributing Host, Kallao (pronounced like the band’s name) will assist in producing the program’s radio and digital special features, as well as hosting shows, and conducting interviews. Continue reading →


The return of the #XPNAtoZ

No less than an hour after our wildly successful, first ever WXPN A to Z last December, the e-mails from XPN members and listeners started rolling in, fast and furiously. Overall, the tenor of the conversation was “do it again! do it again!.” For those of you who forgot, we stopped down for 18 days to play songs from the XPN library that we’ve accumulated over the years from A to Z. We started with “ABC” by The Jackson 5, and ended with Camper Van Beethoven’s “ZZ Top Goes To Egypt.” And for those of you who were tuned in at the end, you might recall that Dan Reed fooled us all with a fake out, claiming to do it all again, and stopped after two songs. I had a lot of e-mails to answer about that, but it was a classic Dan Reed moment.

After last year’s A to Z, here in the programming department we realized that – by and large – the XPN A to Z was a heck of a lot of fun, and, by and large, the XPN community loved it. We slept on the idea of doing it again, yet decided that it was too much musical fun to NOT do again, this time with an emphasis on the GREATEST DECADE IN MUSIC. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Eschaton” by Darlingside

Darlingside | Photo by Gaelle Beri | courtesy of the artist

Just over two years ago, a little know four piece folk group from Boston came on the scene with an album that cemented itself into the collective consciousness of XPN members and listeners. Darlingside’s Birds Say was a standout amongst the indie-folk scene with its rich vocal harmonies, warm musical textures, and stunning songwriting. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week: A split single from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants

Ron Gallo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While he’ll always be a Philadelphian to us, the singer, guitarist, songwriter and rocker Ron Gallo is now based in Nashville, and has gotten together with the Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants to release a split 7-inch via New West Records. The single features his new song, “Sorry Not Everybody Is You,” backed with Naked Giants’ “The Age Of Information.” Continue reading →