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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 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: Dori Freeman, 'Letters Never Read'
    The Virginia songwriter distills Appalachian melancholy into delicate pop ruminations on her sophomore album. More....
  2. First Listen: Tyminski, 'Southern Gothic'
    There was a time when bluegrass artist Dan Tyminski was best known for his work with Alison Krauss. That was before he met Avicii. More....
  3. First Listen: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 'Echo In The Valley'
    As musicians and as songwriters, Fleck and Washburn are predisposed to embrace the entire world — its sounds and its occupants alike. More....
  4. First Listen: Bully, 'Losing'
    When Alicia Bognanno unleashes that glorious howl, you can't help but absorb everything she's feeling. More....
  5. First Listen: Colleen, 'A Flame My Love, A Frequency'
    The minimalist composer turns away from distorted strings and toward pocket synthesizers to create warm, electronic folk music. More....
  6. First Listen: Margo Price, 'All American Made'
    Stream Price's highly anticipated follow-up to Midwest Farmer's Daughter now, in its entirety. More....
  7. First Listen: Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition, 'Agrima'
    The saxophonist is joined by guitarist Rez Abbasi and percussionist Dan Weiss for a project inspired by each member's ties to the Indian subcontinent. More....
  8. Review: Stars, 'There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light'
    On its new album, the Montreal band writes delirious synth-pop songs about love that's been compromised, curdled, or otherwise scuffed-up in the living of lives. More....
  9. Review: Carly Pearce, 'Every Little Thing'
    In country music, the pendulum has always swung between the extremes of pop and twang. Every Little Thing is a reminder that nimble young music-makers can have it both ways. More....
  10. Review: Nora Jane Struthers, 'Champion'
    You've heard of the breakup album. But what about the "stay together" album? The Nashville-based songwriter's stories of mutual care and openness are essential listening. More....