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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.


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

  1. The Music Of Our Spheres
    We asked an astronomer to listen to Brian Eno's reissued Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, which features brand new music, to answer the question: "What do we think space should sound like?" More....
  2. On 'Gold & Grey,' Baroness Becomes A Universe Unto Itself
    The hard rock outfit, after years of lineup changes, delivers an expansive, eclectic album to remind us of how limitless electric guitar music can be.  More....
  3. Kate Tempest's 'The Book Of Traps And Lessons' Is A Blissful Antidote To Now
    The London rapper, poet and spoken word artist rips your heart out, offers an assessment, and then returns it with the tools to determine what needs to be done with it. More....
  4. Calexico And Iron & Wine Return, With 'Years To Burn'
    Sam Beam and Calexico's first album-length collaboration since 2005 feels most of all like the work of a complete, cohesive band — a group of old friends who've gathered to sing in a single voice. More....
  5. John Luther Adams' 'Become Desert' Shimmers In Majestic Stillness
    The composer's musical evocation of the desert is an expansive journey in symphonic stillness, and a sequel to his Pulitzer-winning Become OceanMore....
  6. Bill Callahan's 'Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest' Meditates On Home And Love
    On his first album in six years, Bill Callahan ruminates on domesticity, devotion and mortality in his conversational baritone.  More....
  7. Brandee Younger Plucks And Shimmers A 'Soul Awakening'
    The jazz harpist's sophomore record is celestial, groove-forward and unabashed about its alchemies of style. Ravi Coltrane guests.  More....
  8. Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Thunder Revue' Revived The Rock Concert Ritual
    Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue occupies a mythic place in the history of rock tours. Stream a 10-track sampler from the 14-disc box set.  More....
  9. Pelican's 'Nighttime Stories' Is A Monument To Transcendence
    On its first album in six years, the instrumental metal band has produced its most vulnerable yet overwhelming work to date.  More....
  10. Stef Chura Illuminates Her 'Midnight'
    Fueled by collaboration and connection, Midnight propels Stef Chura into her boldest, most fully-fledged work, yet. Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo produces.  More....