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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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Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.

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First Listen

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

  1. First Listen: Kacy & Clayton, 'Strange Country'
    Singer Kacy Anderson and fingerstyle guitarist Clayton Linthicum carve out plenty of room for play in their take on British and Appalachian folk and pre-electric blues. More....
  2. First Listen: Seratones, 'Get Gone'
    On the Louisiana band's first album, blues, classic rock and gospel come together with concision, force and a punk-rock heart. More....
  3. First Listen: Julianna Barwick, 'Will'
    Barwick's songs are musical inkblot tests: The voices trickle in and out, but never quite materialize into lyrical coherency. So it's up to the listener to interpret them and ascribe personal meaning. More....
  4. First Listen: Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'The Things That We Are Made Of'
    On her 14th album, a collaboration with top producer Dave Cobb, the country veteran traces her memories while still looking toward the unknown. More....
  5. First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Take Me To The Alley'
    The popular jazz singer follows a familiar pattern on his new album: It's acoustic, unconcerned with fashion or complexity, and both overpowering and soothing. That's a good thing. More....
  6. Review: Snarky Puppy, 'Culcha Vulcha'
    To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it's an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, guitarists, keyboardists and percussionists. More....
  7. Review: The Jayhawks, 'Paging Mr. Proust'
    The long-running roots-pop band's new music nicely re-creates a honeyed, harmony-rich sound while still expanding it in subtle, appealing ways. More....
  8. Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 'Nonagon Infinity'
    The Melbourne psych-rock septet unleashes a thoroughly realized journey, embedded in a frenzied barrage of riff-heavy head-bangers. More....
  9. First Listen: Original Broadway Cast Recording, 'Bright Star'
    Edie Brickell and Steve Martin team up again, this time to compose a Broadway musical about star-crossed couples in North Carolina during the first half of the 20th century. More....
  10. Review: Lera Lynn, 'Resistor'
    The singer, a veteran of TV's True Detective, uses sensual minimalism to get at emotional truths. Hers is the sort of wistful awareness that gets under your skin. More....