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WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Alley

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.

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Enjoy previews of select, upcoming albums, in their entirety on FIRST LISTEN.

  1. First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Thank You For Today'
    On the band's ninth album, Ben Gibbard addresses an array of life's aftermaths, set against propulsive arrangements that know just when to sparkle and sway. More....
  2. First Listen: Roy Montgomery, 'Suffuse'
    Roy Montgomery's ambient guitar symphonies foreground the voices of Circuit Des Yeux's Haley Fohr, Julianna Barwick, Grouper's Liz Harris and others.  More....
  3. First Listen: Trevor Powers, 'Mulberry Violence'
    The solo debut from the Youth Lagoon frontman sounds like nothing Trevor Powers has made yet — gorgeous and ornate while bleakly unsettling. More....
  4. Liz Cooper & The Stampede's 'Window Flowers' Channels Classic Sounds To Soar
    Liz Cooper & The Stampede's debut record features a gorgeously arranged bouquet of psychedelia-tinged folk-rock. More....
  5. Jason Eady's 'I Travel On' Takes A Deep, Restorative Breath
    Now 13 years into his recording career, 43-year-old Eady is a grown-ass man assessing his world, not with angst or regret but with a palpable sense of satisfaction and self-worth.  More....
  6. The War And Treaty's 'Healing Tide' Bares A Powerful Testimony
    The married duo Michael and Tanya Trotter convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo's creative engine and core message.  More....
  7. Shemekia Copeland, 'America's Child,' Makes Blues A Two-Way Exchange
    The blues artist expands her Americana sensibilities — and doubles down on her real-talking spirit — with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Mary Gauthier and Rhiannon Giddens. More....
  8. Lucero's 'Among The Ghosts' Does A Little Musical Demolition
    Lucero, now 20 years strong, captures some of its raw live energy in a way the band hasn't done since its first handful of albums.  More....
  9. Amanda Shires Takes Her Electric Voice (And Violin) 'To The Sunset'
    Shires' bright, electric voice and reality-filled lyrics illustrate the power of women pursuing their own impulses, desires and ambitions with abandon. More....
  10. Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear Expands Their Groove On 'The Radio Winners'
    The mother-and-son duo returns with a short set of charming folk songs. More....