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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 Talia Schlanger as she 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: Nils Frahm, 'All Melody'
    The composer's new album is a feast for the ears that is companionable, symphonically expansive, danceable and (as its title suggests) ripe with melodies. More....
  2. First Listen: Calexico, 'The Thread That Keeps Us'
    The American Southwest continues to inform Calexico's sprawling, cross-cultural indie rock, but here it's a more self-contained, even lonesome affair. More....
  3. First Listen: Ty Segall, 'Freedom's Goblin'
    Ty Segall is a scholar of rock, and Freedom's Goblin might as well be his PhD thesis. More....
  4. First Listen: Steep Canyon Rangers, 'Out In The Open'
    The bluegrass band's songs illustrate how the passage of time, accumulation of experience and changing of perspective can alter a person's relationship to the familiar. More....
  5. First Listen: Dream Wife, 'Dream Wife'
    On its debut album, the London-based punk band combines sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance. More....
  6. Review: MILCK, 'This Is Not The End'
    The LA-based artist whose song, "Quiet," went viral after the Women's March on Washington, offers a set of anthemic pop songs that plead for freedom. More....
  7. Review: They Might Be Giants, 'I Like Fun'
    The sparkly collection — songs about death, dismemberment and other unfortunate events dressed up for a Friday night joy ride — sees the long-running duo attempting genuinely new ideas.  More....
  8. Review: The Go! Team, 'Semicircle'
    On its fifth album, the English band crafts a rich and playful swirl of Technicolor overdrive, suitable for rowdy keggers, children's birthday parties and just about any celebration in between. More....
  9. Review: The Bad Plus, 'Never Stop II'
    Each album by The Bad Plus can be understood as a planted flag, a marker of group identity. Hear the jazz trio's first record with new pianist Orrin Evans.  More....
  10. Review: Shopping, 'The Official Body'
    The London post-punk band fortifies its buoyant, life-affirming jams with one of the most revolutionary forces of all: fun. More....