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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 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: The Heliocentrics, 'A World Of Masks'
    This UK-based funk ensemble took its name from a Sun Ra album. One listen to A World Of Masks and you'll hear why. More....
  2. First Listen: Maysa, 'Love Is A Battlefield'
    The Incognito vocalist performs covers of her favorite songs, including Luther Vandross' "Because It's Really Love," Natalie Cole's "Inseparable" and more. More....
  3. First Listen: Flor De Toloache, 'Las Caras Lindas'
    This foursome of Latino women weave jazz, classical, salsa, cumbia, folk, rock, country and hip-hop on the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated debut album. More....
  4. First Listen: Justin Townes Earle, 'Kids In The Street'
    Kids In The Street is the veteran songwriter's most pleasing and playful effort to date. More....
  5. First Listen: The Mountain Goats, 'Goths'
    For John Darnielle, goth isn't a sound or a style so much as a state of mind: a source of comfort and connection for more than just the young and lost. More....
  6. First Listen: The Como Mamas, 'Move Upstairs'
    The family gospel trio's new album is soul-stirring praise music married to the electric rhythms of Memphis. More....
  7. First Listen: Jlin, 'Black Origami'
    The Gary, Ind., electronic producer turns a Chicago footwork party into a global drum-machine circle. More....
  8. First Listen: Land Of Talk, 'Life After Youth'
    On the Montreal-based indie-pop band's first album in seven years, Elizabeth Powell's voice captures a just-right mix of sweetness and ache. More....
  9. First Listen: Chastity Brown, 'Silhouette Of Sirens'
    Silhouette Of Sirens is a work of brooding soul by a voice we need right now. More....
  10. First Listen: Nick Hakim, 'Green Twins'
    The soul singer's debut album is both irresistible and challenging. More....