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

  1. First Listen: The Wild Reeds, 'The World We Built'
    If you appreciate songs of the heart, here's 11 that will save you. More....
  2. First Listen: Diet Cig, 'Swear I'm Good At This'
    The pop-punk duo's debut album will give those weathering tough times the confidence to pick themselves up and dance. More....
  3. First Listen: Timber Timbre, 'Sincerely, Future Pollution'
    The Montreal-based band really wanted to write celebratory songs for its sixth album. But they quickly realized it's not the time for dancing. More....
  4. First Listen: San Fermin, 'Belong'
    In the last few years, composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone has presided over a big band that's grown grander and more ambitious in every phase of its sound. More....
  5. First Listen: Annie Hardy, 'Rules'
    "Writing these songs saved me," Hardy has said of Rules. And in that salvation, she's crafted one of the most moving pieces of music likely to be released this year. More....
  6. First Listen: ÌFÉ, 'IIII+IIII'
    The Puerto Rican band injects Yoruban devotional songs with electronic production to form one of the more exciting releases of 2017. More....
  7. First Listen: Rodney Crowell, 'Close Ties'
    Streaming the upcoming album by one of Americana's most revered songwriters in its entirety. More....
  8. First Listen: Hauschka, 'What If'
    The pianist creates a singular electronic language rooted in the past but reaching to the future. More....
  9. First Listen: Orchestra Baobab, 'Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng'
    One of West Africa's most charming bands is back — again. Stream Baobob's reunion album before its release next week. More....
  10. First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'Triplicate'
    The Nobel Award winner digs into the Great American Songbook for a third time. Stream a selection of songs from the three-disc set. More....