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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. Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she 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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Preservation Hall Jazz Band Turn To Jim James To Produce All-Original Album

September 13, 2013 - We are extremely happy to welcome the Preservation Hall Jazz band back to the World Cafe. Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the dirt-floor space off of Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of New Orleans jazz to play nightly.
Laurel Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for a who's who of Philadelphia history, from Thomas McKean, who signed the Declaration of Independence,
Tony Braithwaite, Artistic Director of Act II Playhouse in Ambler, has been appearing at the theater for the last ten years, and he's a veteran of the Philadelphia stage as well.
Depending on how you look at this, the paths of Elvis Costello and The Roots represent a much more natural crossing that it seems.
Don't miss this week's Free At Noon Doubleheader with singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and rapper, singer, and spoken word artist Dessa.



Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter raised in Colorado, now living with her husband and two boys in Portland, Oregon. Her first album was self titled and released in 1999 featuring just her and a guitar. Her ninth and latest album Warp and Weft was produced by her husband Tucker Martine, who also joins in playing a variety of instruments. It was recorded in a basement studio and features guests such as Neko Case, and some members of The Decemberists. The album made it's debut at number 10 on the US Folk Albums charts.

Recent Release: Warp & Weft
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Label: Raven Marching Band Records

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One of hip-hop’s most diverse and talented artists, Dessa is known to a national audience as a rapper, a singer, and a potent, imaginative lyricist. This Doomtree veteran combines wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect. Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. She's achieved immense national recognition with the release of her newest album, Parts of Speech, which debuted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

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Recent Release: Parts of Speech
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Label: Doomtree Records

A collection of Moth GrandSLAM Stories from around the country. A rabbinical student answers tough questions; a couple crashes the 2008 Obama inauguration;
The Moth's founder, George Dawes Green, details the fireworks when his mother learns that her family plantation is slated to be turned into a theme park;
A socialite turned social activist inherits her mother's hunting trophy collection; a hospital orderly with an attitude problem is put to the test;
Phil Caputo shares how a bullet wound helped him heal his soul; a little girl learns what love is all about after surviving a terrible car accident; a
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