First Listen

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

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 David Dye as he 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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Listen Live

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

  1. First Listen: Elvis Presley, 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings'
    Stream a collection of rare early recordings, including a never-before released version of "I Forgot To Remember To Forget." More....
  2. Review: Vic Mensa, 'The Autobiography'
    On his long-awaited major-label LP, the Chicago MC's personal pain becomes epiphany. More....
  3. Review: Declan McKenna, 'What Do You Think About The Car?'
    The British teenager has been a rising star since he took home the Emerging Artist prize at Glastonbury two years ago. His debut album lives up to that early promise. More....
  4. Review: Cornelius, 'Mellow Waves'
    Cornelius makes some of the coolest music in the world. In the Japanese musician's first album in 11 years, his plunderphonic neon-psychedelia turns meditative. More....
  5. Review: Daphni, 'Fabriclive 93'
    The new album from Caribou's Dan Snaith is a continuous mix consisting entirely of brand new music and exclusive remixes. More....
  6. Review: Nicole Atkins, 'Goodnight Rhonda Lee'
    Atkins' 11-song set depicts high-stakes personal struggles, but the Nashville-based pop singer doesn't treat them as somber affairs. More....
  7. Review: Waxahatchee, 'Out In The Storm'
    Katie Crutchfield has polished Waxahatchee's sound to maximize its glimmering-but-spiky forcefulness, but her words remain as bracing and unsparing as ever. More....
  8. Review: Shabazz Palaces, 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star'
    Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro, takes on a sentient persona to illuminate hip-hop's darkest corners. More....
  9. Review: Shabazz Palaces, 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines'
    The second of two new LPs finds Ishmael Butler, a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro, drawing out the ironies of trap's outsider aesthetic. More....
  10. Review: Offa Rex, 'The Queen of Hearts'
    The Decemberists team up with English singer Olivia Chaney to perform gorgeous British folk ballads. More....