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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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Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

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World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he 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: Maria Taylor, 'In The Next Life'
    The Azure Ray singer fills her warm, reflective new album with gorgeous, touching songs about family, legacy and the pursuit of contentment. More....
  2. First Listen: Nina Kraviz, 'Fabric 91'
    The Russian DJ/producer's complex mix for the London nightclub takes a journey through techno's small-town past toward an unreleased future. More....
  3. First Listen: Zao, 'The Well-Intentioned Virus'
    For two decades, the band has maintained a mix of thoughtfulness and savagery unparalleled in metal. This is peak Zao, back with its most feral and fully realized offering in years. More....
  4. Review: Jay Daniel, 'Broken Knowz'
    One of Detroit dance music's freshest talents carries on the city's legacy of electronic funk, while finding new ways to reinvigorate it. More....
  5. Review: Gillian Welch, 'Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg'
    Welch and partner David Rawlings sift through their musical archives and select 21 tracks that document their early- to mid-'90s rise, before they emerged as leaders of an ascendant Americana scene. More....
  6. Review: Highly Suspect, 'The Boy Who Died Wolf'
    An unexpected Grammy nominee earlier this year, the Cape Cod band fine-tunes its retro-grunge attack into something far more dynamic, soulful and alluring. More....
  7. Review: Thee Oh Sees, 'An Odd Entrances'
    The prolific psych-rock band's newest album — its second in only three months — traffics in alternately jittery and hypnotic jams. More....
  8. Review: Pink Martini, 'Je Dis Oui!'
    To take in the band's ninth album is to experience a globetrotting victory lap across eight different languages, all tackled with cosmopolitan sophistication and the playfulness of pop. More....
  9. Review: D∆WN, 'Redemption'
    As electronic dance music continues to experiment, D∆WN stands apart by making challenging pop music with soul. Redemption radiates defiance in its celebration of the self. More....
  10. Review: Sleigh Bells, 'Jessica Rabbit'
    The duo's fourth album is a testament to the power of a celebration gone weird, with chopped-up and resequenced hooks working as the raw material for a scathing, fragmentary kind of pop. More....