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


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

  1. First Listen: Benny Sings, 'City Pop'
    You've heard the Dutch pop and R&B singer's music before and probably didn't know it. Now, he makes a perfectly timed bid for stardom. More....
  2. First Listen: Ray Charles, 'Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Vol. 1 & 2'
    Charles laid claim to the center of American popular music on these 1962 classics, and ended up with some of the brashest and best-selling music of his career. More....
  3. First Listen: Julia Jacklin, 'Crushing'
    A breakup inspired the Australian singer-songwriter to make a powerful record about intimacy, chaos, loneliness and sense of self. More....
  4. First Listen: Our Native Daughters, 'Songs Of Our Native Daughters'
    Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell and Leyla McCalla form a banjo-wielding supergroup dedicated to the history of both string-band music and black women in America. More....
  5. First Listen: Adia Victoria, 'Silences'
    For Adia Victoria, the role of Southern blueswoman is wily, radical, thoroughly contemporary and rife with real darkness. More....
  6. First Listen: Yola, 'Walk Through Fire'
    Two and a half years ago, the British singer had a career-sparking moment at a music festival. Now, she's releasing her powerful debut with the help of producer Dan Auerbach. More....
  7. Hayes Carll Crafts Wry Songs For These Trying Times On 'What It Is'
    On the Americana singer-songwriter's sixth album, Carll unburdens his mind about the volatility of our time so unassumingly, he never comes close to overburdening his songs. More....
  8. Tedeschi Trucks Band Transform Grief Into Impassioned Musical 'Signs'
    Veteran blues-rock powerhouses Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks return with an impassioned new album, informed by the deaths of several mentors and family members. More....
  9. With 'Fyah,' Theon Cross Makes An Electric Statement From London's Jazz Underground
    The rambunctious, indefatigable tuba player and composer makes a lot of joyful noise on London's jazz scene — part heavy anchor, part combustion engine, with a will to set any groove aflame. More....
  10. Ladytron Returns With A Hopeful Apocalyptic Message On Its First Album In 8 Years
    The veteran group's long-awaited new songs sound right at home alongside fellow conceptual electronic pop artists like SOPHIE, Robyn and Christine & The Queens.  More....