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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: Sneaks, 'Highway Hypnosis'
    Sneaks has both the punk spirit and pop sense to carve out her own path in music. Highway Hypnosis is simply the sound of her revving the engine.  More....
  2. First Listen: DAWN, 'new breed'
    DAWN waves a flag for the weirdness of black girls while once again asserting herself as a musical chameleon capable of an elegantly executed audible middle finger. More....
  3. First Listen: Leyla McCalla, 'The Capitalist Blues'
    On her bustling third album, the former Carolina Chocolate Drops member maps her vision of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora while gently taking Anglocentricism (and capitalism) down a notch. More....
  4. First Listen: Lula Wiles, 'What Will We Do'
    The Berklee-educated trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin deftly mine the particulars of their individual lives into a rousing, modernist adaptation of Americana music. More....
  5. Liz Brasher Envisions a New Era of Soul on 'Painted Image'
    The debut album from the Memphis artist offers a uniquely modern take on the Stax and Sun-style soul threaded into her adopted hometown's musical DNA. More....
  6. With 'Phoenix', Pedro the Lion's David Bazan Emerges from the Mines of His Interiority
    On the first Pedro the Lion album in 15 years, songwriter David Bazan reckons with his roots, telling an origin story while avoiding any trace of self-mythologizing.  More....
  7. Toro y Moi Challenges Himself And Finds His 'Outer Peace'
    On his new album, talented producer and chillwave crusader Chaz Bundick has transitioned into a full-fledged vocalist and groove operator. More....
  8. Randy Houser Returns to His Roots on the Cinematic 'Magnolia'
    Randy Houser imagines and inhabits a blue-collar, tortured soul character with some of the most expressive performances of his career.  More....
  9. Don't Just Scream — Portrayal Of Guilt Wants To 'Let Pain Be Your Guide'
    The chaotic hardcore band revs up a commercial-grade motor of riffs that flay, blast and smear discontent. More....
  10. Metal Supergroup Azusa Claws And Coos Through 'Heavy Yoke'
    Members of Extol and The Dillinger Escape Plan reach across the metal spectrum for a debut album wrapped in rapturously beautiful discord. More....