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WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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XPN2 - Jingle Jams

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

  1. Review: Neil Young & Promise Of The Real, 'The Visitor'
    Rage takes many forms in these new songs — laments, exhortations and diatribes about the rapidly changed world in the aftermath of the last U.S. presidential election. More....
  2. Review: Wilco, 'Being There: Deluxe Edition' (Bonus Disc)
    A collection of outtakes, alternates and demos from 1996 captures the point where one of America's great underdog bands began to come into its own. More....
  3. Review: Chris Stapleton, 'From A Room: Volume 2'
    On a second installment of back catalog gems and choice covers, the country singer-songwriter retains his hard-living artistic persona — but also embraces meaningful familial attachments. More....
  4. Review: Danielle Bradbery, 'I Don't Believe We've Met'
    Once a teenage winner of The Voice, the country singer has begun to personalize her craft, with new textures to her big delivery and diaristic self-disclosure in her lyrics. More....
  5. Review: Sufjan Stevens, 'The Greatest Gift'
    Stevens' new mixtape recontextualizes and remixes songs from 2015's gorgeous Carrie & Lowell, while weaving in four unreleased outtakes that fit its sonic template. More....
  6. Review: CyHi The Prynce, 'No Dope On Sundays'
    The Atlanta rapper's long-gestating debut album portrays a person at ease with their many, and divergent, aspects — here, CyHi tells the stories behind a breakout album. More....
  7. Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 'Rest'
    The French singer (and actor) has made her first album in 7 years — a testament to the power of immaculate, effortless-sounding pop songcraft, even in the face of loss. More....
  8. Review: Sharon Van Etten, '(it was) because i was in love'
    Van Etten's newly reissued 2009 debut captures a sound the singer has since left behind. But it remains radiant, universal and utterly timeless. More....
  9. Review: Syleena Johnson, 'Rebirth Of Soul'
    The contemporary R&B singer collaborates with her father — blues and soul legend Syl Johnson — to craft a consciously retro-sounding album which feels both vital and knowing. More....
  10. Review: Bob Dylan, 'Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981'
    The Nobel Prize winner's latest bootleg set focuses on the parables and homilies he wrote for his "Christian trilogy," including a previously unreleased gospel track called "Making A Liar Out Of Me." More....