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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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Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: Mark Barrott, 'Sketches From An Island 2'
    Barrott's Balearic music, rooted in the sounds of his adopted home on Ibiza, exudes no fuss even as it distills an entire planet of sound into a local spirit. More....
  2. First Listen: Bat For Lashes, 'The Bride'
    Bat For Lashes' new concept album, The Bride, plays with the same traditions and symbols that make weddings romantic, to dark and devastating effect. More....
  3. First Listen: Martha, 'Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart'
    The British pop-punk band writes songs from the perspective of social misfits, while remaining devoted to providing a voice for anyone who's felt like an outsider. More....
  4. First Listen: Jacob Collier, 'In My Room'
    A 21-year-old YouTube star makes the leap from homemade music videos to an album stuffed with surprises and infectious exuberance. More....
  5. First Listen: Sara Watkins, 'Young In All The Wrong Ways'
    On her third solo album, the versatile Nickel Creek veteran continues to evolve as a songwriter, speaking a language of cutting clarity. More....
  6. Review: The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'
    The band's sound has changed markedly over the years, but its songs remain rooted in a search for self-improvement, and in a kind of fundamental decency. More....
  7. Review: Agustín Lira, 'Songs Of Hope And Struggle'
    The California musician, along with his musical partner Patricia Wells, adapt their message of social justice for modern times, while maintaining the same inspirational lyrics and conviction. More....
  8. Review: Marisa Anderson, 'Into The Light'
    Anderson's guitar is inextricably tied to the raw and seeking tradition of American music. The guitarist calls her fourth album an imaginary soundtrack to a science-fiction western. More....
  9. Review: A-WA, 'Habib Galbi'
    Three Israeli sisters celebrate — and utterly transform — a trove of Arab-language folk songs that they inherited as Yemenite Jews, by tweaking them with electronic touches. More....
  10. Review: Deerhoof, 'The Magic'
    The band's tense, visceral, unpredictable sound doesn't let listeners get comfortable for very long. These 15 songs were inspired by the music each Deerhoof member grew up loving. More....