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Free at Noon Flashback: Emerging artist Barns Courtney plays World Cafe Live

Barns Courtney
Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Happy to see the large crowd from the stage of World Cafe Live, London singer-songwriter Barns Courtney said, “Talk about the ‘City of Brotherly and Sisterly love!”

The emerging artist is making a name for himself, touring the states and being featured of the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper and Harvey Weinstein’s movie Burnt.

Playing a solo acoustic set, Courtney showcased new music for World Cafe. He opened with “Hands,” creating his own percussion through the body of his guitar. Courtney possesses a raw, soulful rock and roll sound with a wide vocal range, from a mellow deep sound to belting out powerful notes. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: I Want To Know What Love Is at Boot and Saddle, Little Strike at Johnny Brenda’s, Truck North at The Fire, and more…

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Clique | photo by Sabrina Jacot

Love Is In The Air: Boot and Saddle is presenting “I Want To Know What Love Is,” a Valentine’s showcase featuring art from Jacqui Powell, Jordan Stiff, and Lauren McFadden and performances from many bands such as Clique and Woven In. For more info, go here. Continue reading →

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Watch David Bowie play the Electric Factory in 1997, listen to his ’97 World Cafe interview today

The first time #DavidBowie played here

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In October of 1997, David Bowie returned to Philadelphia for a sold-out two-night stand at the Electric Factory in support of his album Earthling. While he was in town, he set up shop at Sigma Sound – where he famously recorded the Young Americans album – and tracked an acoustic World Cafe Session with guitarist Reeves Gabrels. Continue reading →

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Watch G Love perform “Back to Boston” for World Cafe via VuHaus

G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie
G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie

While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.

VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.

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Watch Latin Roots Live! concert on January 19th with Monsieur Periné and Buyepongo, LIVE on VuHaus

Monsieur Periné | Photo via the artist.
Monsieur Periné | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Latin Grammy Award winning Monsieur Periné and Buyepongo will be featured at the next free Latin Roots Live! concert on January 19th at World Cafe Live. Inspired by the World Cafe Latin Roots radio series, and made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, Latin Roots Live! is hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Meet World Cafe: Next artists The Jack Moves

The Jack Moves | via http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2015/11/23/457114548/world-cafe-next-the-jack-moves
The Jack Moves | via http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2015/11/23/457114548/world-cafe-next-the-jack-moves

The Newark based soul group The Jack Moves are singer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes, and drummer, producer (and former pro skater) Teddy Powell. The duo recently released their self-titled debut album on Wax Poetics Records, and were recently chosen by World Cafe host David Dye as one of his weekly World Cafe: Next emerging artists to watch. Continue reading →

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The Best of 2015: Download a World Cafe version of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto
Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto

As we begin to look back at the year in music, one of our favorite albums of 2015 was singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Earlier this year, Carlile, and “The Twins” – Tim and Phil Hanseroth – were on World Cafe with David Dye.

Listen to her World Cafe session below, and download “Wilder (We’re Chained)” from the session below. And make sure you watch her Cafe performance of “The Eye.” Continue reading →

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Download Foxing’s appearance on the World Cafe: Next podcast, see them at Union Transfer

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

St. Louis indie rock five-piece Foxing recently released its second studio album, Dealer, and was featured this week as a World Cafe: Next artist. You can stream and download the segment below in this week’s podcast from NPR, which features two tracks from the album.

First is the calm and intricate “Night Channels,” a heart-wrenching tune that features a somber hook begging “future love, don’t fall apart.” The second song, “Weave,” was written as a response – or better yet a closure – to the five-piece’s debut record The Albatross. “Weave” creates beautiful imagery on top of layered atmospheric guitars. Continue reading →

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