World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

The first line you hear lead singer Kam Franklin say on The Suffers new album is "Full on disclosure/I'm not here for exposure/I came to have a good time/So let me shine". Yeah, the Suffers are a party and a lot of fun, but they've also worked incredibly hard to find success. They've survived hurricanes and discrimination in the music business to thrive, all while proudly repping their hometown of Houston. The city's music scene and diversity are a huge part of the band's identity. We'll talk about all that, hear a live performance and we'll find out what cuffing ...

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Renowned music critic and author Robert Hilburn has released the new biography, Paul Simon: The Life. The book follows Simon's enduring career, exploring the stories behind pivotal moments like the breakout hit "The Sound of Silence," and his 1986 comeback solo album, Graceland. We're talking about one of the greatest ...
The Mighty Kississippi June 21, 2018
When she was young, Zoe Reynolds (aka Kississippi) wanted to be a pop star like Britney Spears. Then she discovered the singer-songwriter style of Liz Phair, and got inspired by bands like Dashboard Confessional - who invited Kississippi to open up for them on tour this year. Zoe has persevered ...
It's rare to sit down with rock and roll royalty like Spinal Tap lead singer David St. Hubins or lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel. So instead, we sat down with Derek Smalls, bassist and "lukewarm water" for the seminal band. Tap made its mark as one of England's loudest bands, releasing ...
Bettye Sings Bob (Dylan) June 20, 2018
Bettye LaVette has an uncanny ability to squeeze every ounce of emotion out of a song with her voice. On her latest album Things Have Changed Bettye applies that talent to the music of Bob Dylan. Bettye relays the story of the time she met (read: was kissed by) Bob ...
Alabama Shakes leader Brittany Howard and rising solo performers Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser created Bermuda Triangle somewhere between afternoons spent trading songs on porches and evenings spent hanging out at bars in East Nashville. Now, even though they have only released two songs, the trio have played sold out ...
Welles Rocks Our World June 15, 2018
Welles has the look, the voice, the licks, the hooks, and the attitude of a real rock star. His classic rock meets grunge debut, Red Trees and White Trashes is alternatingly big, chunky, bombastic and driving, yet intimate, sensitive, quiet and reserved - there's no shortage of ballads AND barnburners. ...
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Peter Hook: Substance June 13, 2018
Few musicians have more of a signature sound, or personality, than Peter Hook. He was one of the founding members of Joy Division, pioneers of the post punk genre. When their lead singer Ian Curtis died on the eve of their first American Tour, the remaining members didn't mourn, within ...
Willie. Nelson. June 12, 2018
We hop on Willie Nelson's tour bus, the Honeysuckle Rose, to talk about his latest album Last Man Standing, released just days before Nelson's 85th birthday. Willie reflects on the pain of surviving some of his outlaw country friends, like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, tells the story of a ...
Having just announced his first US tour dates since 2015, the "Take Me To Church" singer says a follow-up to his massively successful self-titled debut album is "just around the corner". We caught up with Hozier on the phone to ask about the musical influences on his new tracks, and ...
At the age of 10, Finley was given $20 dollars by his father, and told to go buy himself a pair of shoes. What he came home with instead sparked a musical passion that's been with him throughout his life. After serving in the Army in the 70's, Finley worked ...
Courtney Barnett is known for shredding on guitar and for spinning details from the world around her into songs. On her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel, one of those details is a phrase borrowed from the author Margaret Atwood - "Men are afraid that women will laugh ...
It's difficult to describe Sunny's guitar virtuosity - but you can find her somewhere between the rooted blues of Robert Johnson, the lightning plucky folk of Richard Thompson and the dexterous wonder of Jack Rose. Sunny cut her performance chops busking for nearly a decade on Venice Beach, where she ...
Voted best local band by the Nashville Scene in 2016, Idle Bloom will release their sophomore album this summer. Since their founding 4 years ago the group has grown from its roots in the all ages punk community to a tight, tuneful ensemble whose songs are equal parts daring and ...
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