World Cafe

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World Cafe Archives

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


It's a confessional, intimate album a world away from Midtown Manhattan.
It was the last year that we were gifted with a full-length album from Sade.
Realizing they were spending more time playing instruments than Mario Kart they formed a band and, by the time they graduated high school, Geese had hit its stride.
2009 was a big year for really big pop stars, like Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z; indie rock artists like Wilco, Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective also put out standout records.
The Black Opry was founded in Nashville by Holly G, starting as a website that's now grown into a collective of artists. Hear from members of the Black Opry Revue in the World Cafe studio.
Lee acknowledges how hard it can be to live with anxiety and talks about how he was finding ways to heal.
In our final entry, we look at innovators of the new millennium — including the music of Santigold who, John Morrison says, has a unique way of combing rock with lots of other genres.
Alynda Segerra talks about making the new record, alongside a whole host of topics including astrology, life in New Orleans and why she calls the band's music "nature punk."
At a certain point, it's time to speak up — that's what Pierce has done with his new album, American Silence. And, as maybe you can guess from the title, he's hoping other people join him.
Debut albums by artists like Adele, Vampire Weekend and Lady Gaga — plus albums by established artists, including TV On The Radio, Kings Of Leon and Beach House — made 2008 a great year for music.
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