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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: Ian Noe, 'Between The Country'
    On his debut album, Ian Noe captures his Eastern Kentucky small town with a sad, often heartbreaking brilliance. More....
  2. First Listen: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, 'Rainford'
    Lee "Scratch" Perry teams up with producer Adrian Sherwood to conjure the dub master's swampy atmosphere.  More....
  3. First Listen: Flor de Toloache, 'Indestructible'
    Flor de Toloache makes mariachi girl magic with reimagined pop covers (No Doubt, Bee Gees) and collaborations with Miguel, John Legend, Alex Cuba and Las Migas.  More....
  4. First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Omoiyari'
    K. Ishibashi has kept many instruments and techniques at his disposal over the years, but the language he speaks is one of profound empathy. More....
  5. First Listen: Justin Townes Earle, 'The Saint Of Lost Causes'
    Cradled in his homespun warmth, Justin Townes Earle's husky drawl feels like the darkness before the dawn. More....
  6. First Listen: Mavis Staples, 'We Get By'
    Mavis Staples is a living embodiment of gospel music's place in the civil rights movement, but she's no static symbol of the past.  More....
  7. First Listen: Petrol Girls, 'Cut & Stitch'
    These are songs that rip through time, across borders and into psyches with feminist post-hardcore that engages at it rampages. More....
  8. First Listen: Sebadoh, 'Act Surprised'
    The band kicks off its fourth decade with a string of spiky, aggressive three-minute rock songs whose jagged edges hide a throbbing heart. More....
  9. First Listen: Brad Mehldau, 'Finding Gabriel'
    The jazz pianist's swing-for-the-fences opus references Old Testament prophets and collides retro-futurist synthesizers with horns and strings.  More....
  10. First Listen: Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, 'Kingfish'
    The 20-year-old guitar phenom understands the blues as a lifeline, a malleable language, a way of being in the world.  More....