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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: The Mountain Goats, 'In League With Dragons'
    On his 18th album as the animating force behind The Mountain Goats, singer-songwriter John Darnielle builds an ambitious tribute to Dungeons & Dragons — and much, much more. More....
  2. First Listen: Starflyer 59, 'Young In My Head'
    For 25 years, Jason Martin has sung about futility, nostalgia and melancholy endings. Starflyer 59's new album finds a way to move forward. More....
  3. First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'Fever Breaks'
    For assistance with his 10th album, the singer-songwriter turns to some of the most sure-handed collaborators in Americana music: Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit. More....
  4. First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'Mettavolution'
    Rodrigo y Gabriela's career offers insight into how creative you can be with just two guitars. Mettavolution closes with a mesmerizing version of Pink Floyd's "Echoes." More....
  5. First Listen: Craig Finn, 'I Need A New War'
    Ambitiously detailed and thematically cohesive, the Hold Steady frontman offers a satisfying conclusion to a trilogy of solo albums.  More....
  6. First Listen: Sunn O))), 'Life Metal'
    The massive metallic drone remains, but each track radiates a warmth and majesty filtered through a prism of intense, stratosphere-scaling sound. More....
  7. First Listen: The Tallest Man On Earth, 'I Love You. It's A Fever Dream.'
    Kristian Matsson has figured out that the crests and valleys of our interiorities are just as beguiling as the vast expanses around us.  More....
  8. First Listen: Anna Tivel, 'The Question'
    You don't just hear these stories, you can almost feel them. More....
  9. First Listen: Daniel Norgren, 'Wooh Dang'
    There's a beauty buried deep inside these lazy and woodsy songs just waiting for you to dig them out. More....
  10. First Listen: Angélique Kidjo, 'Celia'
    Angélique Kidjo rearranges the molecules of the Celia Cruz songs that many of us know by heart. The results are glorious. More....