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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: MC Eiht, 'Which Way Iz West'
    The West Coast legend teams up with East Coast boom-bap icon, DJ Premier, for their long-awaited OG's manifesto. More....
  2. First Listen: Beach House, 'B-Sides And Rarities'
    The dream-pop duo's career-spanning odds-and-ends collection hangs together as a cohesive set of songs, even as it explores the margins and dark corners of Beach House's catalog. More....
  3. First Listen: James Elkington, 'Wintres Woma'
    The acoustic guitar hotshot's solo debut taps into '70s Britfolk while adding a poetic modernity. More....
  4. First Listen: Jim Lauderdale, 'London Southern'
    The Americana star's new album is a celebration of the British blend of pop, R&B and rock and roll that captivated him as a young child. More....
  5. First Listen: Beth Ditto, 'Fake Sugar'
    The Gossip singer's solo debut recasts her as a versatile, pop-minded rock star who can still shake the rafters with her voice when the moment calls for it. More....
  6. First Listen: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, 'The Nashville Sound'
    With eyes clear and nerves jangled, Isbell wrestles with unpleasant social and political realities on his sixth studio album. More....
  7. First Listen: Fleet Foxes, 'Crack-Up'
    On his band's first album in six years, Robin Pecknold seeks peace in a chaotic world — and works to that end by crafting songs that soothe without forgoing creative ambition. More....
  8. First Listen: Steve Earle, 'So You Wannabe An Outlaw'
    The alt-country godfather embraces his outlaw country roots. More....
  9. First Listen: Palehound, 'A Place I'll Always Go'
    Last year, Ellen Kempner faced the unexpected death of a friend and the passing of her grandmother. She channeled her grief into honest songs about mortality and the search for closure. More....
  10. First Listen: Royal Trux, 'Platinum Tips + Ice Cream'
    Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema are back to steer rock 'n' roll towards chaos once more with Royal Trux's first album in 17 years. More....