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

  1. First Listen: Lilly Hiatt, 'Trinity Lane'
    In this Nashville songwriter's hands, an examination of the wounds wrought by relationships is an occasion for exacting honesty. More....
  2. First Listen: The Cadillac Three, 'Legacy'
    For this Nashville-based power trio, it's all about hitting the sweet spot between leanness and brawn, swagger and craft. More....
  3. First Listen: EMA, 'Exile In The Outer Ring'
    One of indie rock's most creative thinkers confronts the marginal world where rural red meets urban blue. More....
  4. Review: The Accidentals, 'Odyssey'
    Savannah Buist and Katie Larson got their start as teenagers applying classical instruments to indie-rock earworms. That creative streak remains strong on their major-label debut. More....
  5. Review: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, 'Not Dark Yet'
    The songwriting sisters finally team up for the collaborative album their fans have been waiting for. More....
  6. Review: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, 'Almost Home'
    Gospel's elder statesmen reach back to their roots, seven decades down the line. More....
  7. Review: Rainer Maria, 'S/T'
    Rainer Maria's first album since 2006 is a natural extension of the band's discography, while staying true to its members' accumulated wisdom and insight. More....
  8. Review: David Rawlings, 'Poor David's Almanack'
    With the help of longtime partner Gillian Welch, Rawlings assembles a sweetly engaging, impressively wide-ranging collection of American roots music. More....
  9. Review: Alex Williams, 'Better Than Myself'
    The 26-year-old country singer is a student of old-line outlaw country and its tradition of leathery, knowing tall talk. More....
  10. Review: Downtown Boys, 'Cost of Living'
    The songs on Cost Of Living are a big leap forward in the evolution of one of punk's most revolutionary groups. More....