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World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.


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1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosHomeBuy
2. The Avett BrothersI And Love And YouBuy
3. Phoenix1901Buy
4. Levon HelmWhen I Go AwayBuy
5. Grizzly BearTwo WeeksBuy
6. Bell X1The Great DefectorBuy
7. One EskimoKandiBuy
8. PhoenixLisztomaniaBuy
9. Monsters Of FolkDear God (sincerely M.o.f.)Buy
10. Rosanne CashSea Of HeartbreakBuy
11. WilcoYou And IBuy
12. PhishBackwards Down The Number LineBuy
13. Death Cab For CutieMeet Me On The EquinoxBuy
14. MobyPale HorsesBuy
15. Monsters Of FolkSay PleaseBuy
16. Langhorne SlimSay YesBuy
17. WilcoYou Never KnowBuy
18. Bruce SpringsteenWorking On A DreamBuy
19. Shemekia CopelandNever Going Back To MemphisBuy
20. U2MagnificentBuy
21. Dave Matthews BandWhy I AmBuy
22. The DecemberistsThe Rake's SongBuy
23. Passion PitThe ReelingBuy
24. Passion PitLittle SecretsBuy
25. Neko CasePeople Got A Lotta NerveBuy
26. Melody GardotWho Will Comfort MeBuy
27. Pearl JamJust BreatheBuy
28. Brandi CarlileCarolineBuy
29. Regina SpektorLaughing WithBuy
30. Mayer HawthorneJust Ain't Gonna Work OutBuy
31. Bob DylanIt's All GoodBuy
32. Pearl JamThe FixerBuy
33. The Avett BrothersKick Drum HeartBuy
34. Pearl JamAmongst The WavesBuy
35. Miike SnowAnimalBuy
36. GomezAirstream DriverBuy
37. Animal CollectiveMy GirlsBuy
38. M. WardNever Had Nobody Like YouBuy
39. Passion PitSleepyheadBuy
40. Cory Chisel And The Wandering SonsBorn AgainBuy
41. Son VoltDown To The WireBuy
42. Lily AllenThe FearBuy
43. Mark KnopflerCleaning My GunBuy
44. Brandi CarlileDreamsBuy
45. Peter Bjorn And JohnNothing To Worry AboutBuy
46. Ingrid MichaelsonMaybeBuy
47. WilcoBull Black NovaBuy
48. The Swell SeasonLow RisingBuy
49. Heartless BastardsThe MountainBuy
50. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros40 Day DreamBuy
51. Camera ObscuraFrench NavyBuy
52. James MaddockWhen The Suns OutBuy
53. MetricGimme SympathyBuy
54. FanfarloThe Walls Are Coming DownBuy
55. WilcoOne WingBuy
56. Animal CollectiveSummertime ClothesBuy
57. MobyWait For MeBuy
58. Vampire WeekendHorchataBuy
59. Bat For LashesDanielBuy
60. Regina SpektorEetBuy
61. Black Joe Lewis & The HoneybearsSugarfootBuy
62. Lyle LovettNatural ForcesBuy
63. U2BreatheBuy
64. David GrayFugitiveBuy
65. Imogen HeapFirst Train HomeBuy
66. Tegan And SaraHellBuy
67. Silversun PickupsPanic SwitchBuy
68. East HundredSlow Burning CrimesBuy
69. John LilleySecond ChanceBuy
70. Yo La TengoPeriodically Double Or TripleBuy
71. Derek Trucks BandDown In The FloodBuy
72. Black Joe Lewis & The HoneybearsGunpowderBuy
73. GlasvegasGeraldineBuy
74. Fruit BatsThe Ruminant BandBuy
75. Jay-zEmpire State Of Mind (edit)Buy
76. Neko CaseThis Tornado Loves YouBuy
77. Dave Matthews BandFunny The Way It IsBuy
78. Dirty ProjectorsStillness Is The MoveBuy
79. K'naanWavin' FlagBuy
80. WilcoWilco (the Song)Buy
81. Elizabeth & The CatapultTaller ChildrenBuy
82. Bob DylanBeyond Here Lies Nothin'Buy
83. Andrew BirdFitz And The DizzyspellsBuy
84. Devendra BanhartBabyBuy
85. DawesWhen My Time ComesBuy
86. SpoonGot NuffinBuy
87. Hoots & HellmouthRoot Of The IndustryBuy
88. LuceroSmokeBuy
89. Norah JonesChasing PiratesBuy
90. Peter Bjorn And JohnIt Don't Move MeBuy
91. Will HogeEven If It Breaks Your HeartBuy
92. Pete YornLast SummerBuy
93. Jay Farrar & Benjamin GibbardThese Roads Don't MoveBuy
94. The Avett BrothersLaundry RoomBuy
95. White RabbitsPercussion GunBuy
96. Death Cab For CutieLittle BribesBuy
97. Erin MckeownSanta CruzBuy
98. Dan AuerbachMy Last MistakeBuy
99. Rodrigo Y GabrielaBuster VoodooBuy
100. Justin Townes EarleMama's EyesBuy