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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 Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.


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

  1. First Listen: Loretta Lynn, 'Wouldn't It Be Great'
    Loretta Lynn draws on her back story with a mixture of saltiness, sentimentality and wit that gives it heart and resonance. More....
  2. First Listen: Tim Hecker, 'Konoyo'
    The beauty in Tim Hecker's music is the way the sounds disintegrate, slip through one's fingers and die.  More....
  3. First Listen: Restorations, 'LP5000'
    The Philly band distills heft and heart, cathartic choruses and gratuitous guitars into tender, explosive rock.  More....
  4. Metric's 'Art Of Doubt' Charges Into The Joys That Remain
    On its seventh album, the Canadian band returns to the spiky, effusive pleasures of guitar-driven rock and roll. More....
  5. Sail Away, Sail Away On Mountain Man's 'Magic Ship'
    The vocal trio's first album in eight years is most potent when heard in full, from beginning to end, ideally on a back porch.  More....
  6. Christian Sands Follows His Wild Muse On 'Facing Dragons'
    The pianist embraces jazz tradition while betting on a mode of soulful eclecticism.  More....
  7. Low's 'Double Negative' Is Another Subtle Reinvention
    The static-scarred loops that open Double Negative portend another subtle reinvention: This is the sound of beauty as it's distorted to the point of disintegration. More....
  8. Richard Thompson Navigates '13 Rivers' Of Love And Loathing
    Richard Thompson struggles with his emotional demons by creating some of his most searing and soaring guitar work.  More....
  9. Helen Sung Spins Dana Gioia's Poetry Into Jazz On 'Sung With Words'
    The pianist merges jazz and poetry together to make a multi-movement work that explores themes of the human condition. More....
  10. Pig Destroyer Rattles The 'Head Cage' Of Grind
    Pig Destroyer has never just been a grindcore band; it also provides an evolutionary timeline of extreme music. Head Cage expands the group's rampaging palette.  More....