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

  1. First Listen: ÌFÉ, 'IIII+IIII'
    The Puerto Rican band injects Yoruban devotional songs with electronic production to form one of the more exciting releases of 2017. More....
  2. First Listen: Rodney Crowell, 'Close Ties'
    Streaming the upcoming album by one of Americana's most revered songwriters in its entirety. More....
  3. First Listen: Hauschka, 'What If'
    The pianist creates a singular electronic language rooted in the past but reaching to the future. More....
  4. First Listen: Orchestra Baobab, 'Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng'
    One of West Africa's most charming bands is back — again. Stream Baobob's reunion album before its release next week. More....
  5. First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'Triplicate'
    The Nobel Award winner digs into the Great American Songbook for a third time. Stream a selection of songs from the three-disc set. More....
  6. First Listen: Aimee Mann, 'Mental Illness'
    For her ninth solo album, Mann says she set out to write the saddest, slowest record she could. But Mental Illness still sparkles in buoyantly catchy ways. More....
  7. First Listen: The Knights, 'Azul'
    One of the finest, most ravishing, cello concertos so far this century, written for and performed by Yo-Yo Ma, finally receives its debut recording. More....
  8. First Listen: Shawty Lo, 'R.I.C.O.'
    When the Atlanta rapper died in a tragic car accident last September, his untimely passing felt like the death of old Atlanta. On R.I.C.O., he resurrects it with an autobiographical portrait. More....
  9. First Listen: RaeLynn, 'WildHorse'
    Stream the budding country star's beguiling debut album before its official release on March 24. More....
  10. First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'From Where I Started'
    The former Band Of Horses drummer's songs amble sweetly and gently, propelled by a voice that radiates kindness. More....