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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.

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

  1. First Listen: Sudan Archives, 'Sink'
    With African traditions, R&B experimentation and pithy lyrics, Sudan Archives expands her musical menagerie on her second EP. More....
  2. First Listen: Joshua Redman, 'Still Dreaming'
    The revered saxophonist leads an agile post-bop group with Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. More....
  3. First Listen: Brownout, 'Fear Of A Brown Planet'
    Inspired by Public Enemy's discography, Brownout's latest batch of Latin funk covers is an instrumental soundtrack that recalls the grooves of late 1970s. More....
  4. First Listen: Kamaal Williams, 'The Return'
    Williams is a central figure in London's jazz renaissance. Stream the producer's debut full-length in its entirety. More....
  5. First Listen: Now, Now, 'Saved'
    On its first album in six years, Now, Now perfectly captures pop music's ability to transmute desire and despair into easily hummable enlightenment. More....
  6. First Listen: Kelly Willis, 'Back Being Blue'
    Willis' first album of solo material in 11 years has the pillowy, R&B-glazed texture of country-pop in the disco era, without abandoning the singer's alt-country roots. More....
  7. First Listen: Mary Lattimore, 'Hundreds Of Days'
    Indie rock's most in-demand harpist conjures a veritable sky of sound on her third album. More....
  8. First Listen: Bombino, 'Deran'
    The wildly talented Tuareg guitarist returns to his North African roots on his latest album. More....
  9. First Listen: Low Cut Connie, 'Dirty Pictures (Part 2)'
    Low Cut Connie still makes full-bodied, red-blooded rock and roll, but offers a bit more nuance to its wild boogie. More....
  10. Brent Cobb's 'Providence Canyon' Is Full Of Swampy Grooves
    Nobody is more fluent in country-funk than Brent Cobb. More....