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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 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: Juana Molina, 'Halo'
    On the Argentine singer's new album, she's reached a zen place where the very texture of a tone becomes its own language. More....
  2. First Listen: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Best Troubador'
    Will Oldham and his band pay tribute to Merle Haggard by reaching across the country legend's discography to paint a vivid, chronology-busting, album-length portrait. More....
  3. First Listen: Carl Craig, 'Versus'
    The Detroit techno colossus reimagines his greatest tracks with a concert pianist and a symphony orchestra. More....
  4. First Listen: Joan Shelley, 'Joan Shelley'
    On her fourth solo album, the Kentucky singer-songwriter's music once again functions as a headache remedy, nerve tonic and comfort food rolled into one. More....
  5. First Listen: Various Artists, Brandi Carlile's 'Cover Stories'
    Adele, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton and 10 more beloved musicians cover songs from Carlile's revered album, The StoryMore....
  6. First Listen: 'The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda'
    Stream a compilation of cosmically scaled, rarely heard sounds from a largely unheralded master. More....
  7. First Listen: John Mellencamp, 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'
    A heartland rock hero teams up with Carlene Carter for some down-home spirituality. More....
  8. First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'God's Problem Child'
    At 84 years young, the Red Headed Stranger still has it. Stream God's Problem Child in its entirety before its release on April 28. More....
  9. First Listen: Colin Stetson, 'All This I Do For Glory'
    Stetson's ability on the saxophone borders on the supernatural. Hear his forthcoming album before its release on April 28. More....
  10. Review: Close Talker, 'Lens'
    The Saskatoon trio's songs purr seductively, with warmly shimmering guitars and an overarching subtlety that's inviting, never distant. More....