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

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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 David Dye as he 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: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'
    The Los Angeles band's distinct sound includes touches of Rio de Janeiro's tropicalia, Lima's cumbia, and American soul and funk. More....
  2. First Listen: Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'
    Benjamin John Power's noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions. More....
  3. First Listen: Grandaddy, 'Last Place'
    It's rare for a band to make a comeback album like Last Place that stands up alongside its best work. More....
  4. First Listen: Ibibio Sound Machine, 'Uyai'
    Nigerian singer Eno Williams has crafted a collection of irresistible, multidimensional anthems that reach far beyond the borders of geography, music and emotion. More....
  5. First Listen: Talaboman, 'The Night Land'
    John Talabot and Axel Boman's first album together produces feedback drones, new age psychedelia, and leftfield house. More....
  6. First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'The Tourist'
    Five albums and a dozen years into its career, Alec Ounsworth's band shimmers, seethes and twitches in appealing new ways. More....
  7. First Listen: Kingdom, 'Tears In The Club'
    With help from Syd Tha Kid and SZA, the famed "mutant R&B" producer's long-awaited debut continues to remodel modern soul while tackling the melancholy of the club. More....
  8. First Listen: Ani Cordero, 'Querido Mundo'
    The Latin rock veteran's new album is a direct musical statement about the state of affairs in the world. More....
  9. First Listen: Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, 'Transparent Water'
    The Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and Senegalese kora master make a powerful statement on this transfixing, multi-cultural affair. More....
  10. First Listen: Vagabon, 'Infinite Worlds'
    Laetitia Tamko sings and plays guitar, synths, keyboard and drums on one of the more anticipated indie-rock records of the new year. More....