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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 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: Priscilla Renea, 'Coloured'
    Renea unfurls her musical vision with the brazenness and conviction of someone expecting her ideas, and maybe even her very existence, to be challenged. More....
  2. First Listen: Lera Lynn, 'Plays Well With Others'
    Lera Lynn explores the art of the duet with some of roots and Americana music's best and brightest, from newcomers like Dylan LeBlanc to veteran Rodney Crowell. More....
  3. First Listen: Dawes, 'Passwords'
    Dawes returns once again to its greatest specialty: smooth and ingratiating California folk-rock that never bothers to hide its big, beating, bleeding heart. More....
  4. On His Debut Album, Welles Pretties Up Dirty Rock And Roll
    At only 23, Jesse Wells is already writing hooks that any of his rock and roll heroes would envy. More....
  5. Joseph Arthur And Peter Buck Open Doors With 'Arthur Buck'
    Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. navigate getting "woke" together on their first collaboration. More....
  6. Guitarist Marisa Anderson's 'Cloud Corner' Sets You Adrift
    On her new LP, Cloud Corner, Anderson demonstrates yet again that she's one of this era's most powerful players, one whose ostensible sleight-of-hand is some serious business indeed. More....
  7. First Listen Live: Neko Case, 'Hell-On'
    Hear the singer perform her new album in its entirety — and some older favorites — live from Littlefield in Brooklyn. More....
  8. Angelique Kidjo Gives New Life To Talking Heads' 'Remain In Light'
    Talking Heads' classic Afrobeat-inspired album gets the cover treatment by the Beninese star. More....
  9. Erin Rae's Tender 'Putting On Airs' Is For The Space Between
    Putting on Airs asks questions about intimacy, solitude and courage. The answers are sometimes sad, but beautiful. More....
  10. River Whyless' 'Kindness, A Rebel' Examines The American Experiment
    The folk-rock band's ambitious new album confront tribalism, fear, anger and violence. More....