First Listen

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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Listen Live

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

  1. First Listen: Austra, 'Future Politics'
    Katie Stelmanis' music questions, confronts and uplifts without scaremongering or sugarcoating. In an age of doom and gloom, it's a radical approach. More....
  2. First Listen: Fred Thomas, 'Changer'
    The singer of Saturday Looks Good To Me fills his new solo album with keen reflections on big decisions and life-altering memories. More....
  3. First Listen: Natalie Hemby, 'Puxico'
    The country songwriter's debut album is a labor of love — and a deeply insightful compendium of the stories we tell ourselves in order to preserve it. More....
  4. First Listen: Systema Solar, 'Rumbo A Tierra'
    Challenging both traditional music and current politics, the Colombian band takes a colorful and politically urgent journey through Afro-Caribbean sounds. More....
  5. Review: Half Japanese, 'Hear The Lions Roar'
    Half Japanese began in the late '70s as a band of primitive outsiders, breaking musical rules that founding brothers Jad and David Fair never even learned. Today, it remains surprising and vibrant. More....
  6. Review: Maria Taylor, 'In The Next Life'
    The Azure Ray singer fills her warm, reflective new album with gorgeous, touching songs about family, legacy and the pursuit of contentment. More....
  7. Review: Nina Kraviz, 'Fabric 91'
    The Russian DJ/producer's complex mix for the London nightclub takes a journey through techno's small-town past toward an unreleased future. More....
  8. Review: Zao, 'The Well-Intentioned Virus'
    For two decades, the band has maintained a mix of thoughtfulness and savagery unparalleled in metal. This is peak Zao, back with its most feral and fully realized offering in years. More....
  9. Review: Jay Daniel, 'Broken Knowz'
    One of Detroit dance music's freshest talents carries on the city's legacy of electronic funk, while finding new ways to reinvigorate it. More....
  10. Review: Gillian Welch, 'Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg'
    Welch and partner David Rawlings sift through their musical archives and select 21 tracks that document their early- to mid-'90s rise, before they emerged as leaders of an ascendant Americana scene. More....