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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.

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. First Listen: The Messthetics, 'The Messthetics'
    The debut from guitarist Anthony Pirog and Fugazi's rhythm section pushes and pulls through a compelling conversation between aggression and meditation. More....
  2. First Listen: Alice Bag, 'Blueprint'
    Alice Bag was foundational in building what punk rock became, and her second solo album shows what it's still becoming. More....
  3. First Listen: Cavern Of Anti-Matter, 'Hormone Lemonade'
    Featuring former Stereolab members, the trio unfurls instrumental loops that build to ecstatic hypnosis. More....
  4. First Listen: The Maghreban, '01DEAS'
    The veteran U.K. hip-hop producer turns outsider and crafts a sample-heavy, house music debut. More....
  5. First Listen: Courtney Marie Andrews, 'May Your Kindness Remain'
    The unguarded emotion of May Your Kindness Remain is ideally calibrated for our moment. More....
  6. Review: The Decemberists, 'I'll Be Your Girl'
    The band's eighth album captures a collaborative spirit that keeps The Decemberists sounding vibrant and alive, even as it delves into themes of futility and darkness. More....
  7. Review: Mount Eerie, 'Now Only'
    Where A Crow Looked At Me dealt with the shattering experience of Phil Elverum losing his wife to cancer, Now Only ponders how, when, and why one might carry on. More....
  8. Review: Hot Snakes, 'Jericho Sirens'
    On its first new album in 14 years, Hot Snakes delivers a collection of 10 bent and bruised punk songs alive with the sound of an itch impossible to scratch. More....
  9. Review: PRhyme, 'PRhyme 2'
    Royce 5'9" and DJ Premier bridge the ageist divide with a sophomore release worthy of definitive hip-hop statesmen. More....
  10. Review: Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Ventriloquism'
    The cover album becomes an unlikely site for deconstructing gender norms — and R&B's staid '80s tropes — in Ndegeocello's genre-bending care. More....