Alt-country rockers Old 97′s return to WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 27th. Rhett Miller and the 97′s have a long standing history with XPN and the festival. The band first appeared at the festival in 1999, when the festival was called “Singer-Songwriter Weekend.” Always a crowd favorite, the 97′s recently released Most Messed Up, and made a stop at WXPN to record a session for World Cafe. Listen to their full session (interview and performance) here. Below, download a Cafe version of “Indefinitely.”
Ramshackle roots rockers The Felice Brothers made a stop recently on the World Cafe and performed a live set of songs from their new album, Favorite Waitress. In case you missed it, you can listen to the session here.
Early in their careers, The Felice Brothers’ mix of Americana, folk, and rock was influenced by the band’s admiration of Dylan and The Band. The “Basement Tape-isms” of the band’s sound have been fundamental to their charm, and the band’s shuffling, not always-all-together ensemble playing, coupled with their bouyant songwriting shines once again on their new album, especially on the fun “Cherry Licorice.” Download the World Cafe version of song and and watch their live performance of it from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
The Brooklyn based musician’s career has flourished since her 2009 debut, Because I Was In Love, and as she has pushed herself to improve on each new release, Van Etten’s remarkable emotional honesty and intimacy of her songs has remained constant.
WXPN Welcomes Sharon to Union Transfer on Wednesday, June 18th. Go here for tickets and more information to the show. Below, download a World Cafe version of “Tarifa.”
Throughout the years World Cafe has opened its doors to thousands of musicians for intimate performances and conversation with Cafe host David Dye. Many of these performances are available on World Cafe CD’s however, we’ve compiled 11 recent performances from Jessica Lea Mayfield, Ages and Ages, Chet Faker, the Old 97′s, Angelique Kidjo, Dan Wilson and others that are available for you to download below.
Fans of Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett can take her recent World Cafe session home with them, thanks to NoiseTrade. The session features a conversation with World Cafe host David Dye in between live performances of “Avant Gardener,” “History Eraser” and more. Stream and download the session below, and revisit Barnett’s Union Transfer appearance here.
Dum Dum Girls recently made their debut on World Cafe. With hooked filled songs, flavored with lots of reverb and deftly walking a balancing act between lo-fi garage rock and sheeny pop, they played songs from their recent album, Too True, on Sub Pop Records. Listen to the full session here. Below, download their Cafe performance of “Rimbaud Eyes.”
On the heels of the release of their sweet new self-titled outing via Hometapes Records, Philly experimental pop duo Pattern is Movement was featured on this week’s World Cafe: Next podcast. Host David Dye writes “there are beautiful, almost baroque aspects of this largely electronic and percussive music;” download “River” and “Suckling” here via NPR Music.
Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Wilson recently released his new solo album, Love Without Fear. The former lead singer and songwriter of Semisonic, and before that Trip Shakespeare, has been one of pop music’s most prolific songwriters since Semisonic disbanded.
He contributed three songs to 21 by Adele, which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. He co-wrote, produced and performed the piano on the “Someone Like You” which held the No. 1 position for 5 weeks in the States. With Dierks Bentley he co-wrote “Home,” and it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart. Dan co-wrote six songs with the Dixie Chicks for their 2006 album Taking the Long Way, which won Album of the Year at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Wilson himself received the 2007 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “Not Ready to Make Nice,” one of the songs he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks. He’s collaborated with Josh Groban, Nas, Weezer, Missy Higgins, Pink, Taylor Swift, Ben Folds, Jeremy Messersmith, Rachael Yamagata, John Legend and many others. The complete list of writing and producing credits is here.
Dan was recently on World Cafe with David Dye during which he discussed some of his songwriting co-writes and performed material from his new solo album. Go here to listen to the full session and interview. Below, listen to his version of “Easy Silence” that he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks.
Last month, Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs played their very first show in support of the acclaimed new album Lost in the Dream at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert. Today, some of those songs will show up in the band’s World Cafe interview with David Dye – which you can tune in to here at 2 p.m. ET. Below, get psyched by listening to the entire Free at Noon set, and perusing an album of photos from the show. The War on Drugs return to Philly on May 31st to play the Roots Picnic; tickets and info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
The Wisconsin indie-folk pop band PHOX did a World Cafe session with David Dye in Austin during SXSW last Thursday, March 13th as part of the Cafe’s Sense of Place Austin series. The show was held at the Four Seasons in collaboration with the KUTX Morning Show broadcast at the Four Seasons. Dye, writing about the band on the Cafe tumblr, said lead singer Monica Martin “has charisma to burn,” and the band played material from their forthcoming self-titled debut album coming out on Partisan Records in June. Listen to their Cafe session here and watch them perform “1936″ below.