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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: Nathan Salsburg, 'Third'
    What best differentiates Salsburg from his field is the incandescence of his playing, or the feeling that he writes and plays guitar largely because he loves the work as much as he does the results. More....
  2. First Listen: Lori McKenna, 'The Tree'
    On Lori McKenna's new album The Tree, the beloved writer further cements her status as one of our foremost documentarians of domesticity. More....
  3. First Listen: Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas, 'Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas'
    Wesseltoft and Thomas bring their extensive backgrounds in jazz and electronic music together to build a bridge between two adjacent generations of Norwegian alchemists. More....
  4. First Listen: The Suffers, 'Everything Here'
    On the group's second album, Kam Franklin and The Suffers revel in the multidimensional, multicultural possibilities of their take on soul. More....
  5. First Listen: Luluc, 'Sculptor'
    The Australian folk duo's follow-up to 2014's wonderful Passerby broadens Luluc's palette and subject matter in rewarding ways. More....
  6. First Listen: Deafheaven, 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love'
    On Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, the band's first album in three years, Deafheaven leans more fully than ever before into elements that inspire alternate outrage and obsession. More....
  7. First Listen: Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams, 'Vanished Gardens'
    The veteran jazz master teams up with one of America's most cherished songwriters. More....
  8. First Listen: Graham Nash, 'Over The Years...'
    One third of Crosby, Stills and Nash opens up his vaults on this two-disc anthology. More....
  9. First Listen: Milk Carton Kids, 'All The Things That I Did...'
    The darkness that seeps into the duo's new songs is leavened, as always, by the sun-dappled beauty of two voices, perfectly paired. More....
  10. Priscilla Renea's 'Coloured' Tells A Different Story About Country Music
    Renea unfurls her musical vision with the brazenness and conviction of someone expecting her ideas, and maybe even her very existence, to be challenged. More....