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Join David Dye as he 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: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'The Tourist'
    Five albums and a dozen years into its career, Alec Ounsworth's band shimmers, seethes and twitches in appealing new ways. More....
  2. First Listen: Kingdom, 'Tears In The Club'
    With help from Syd Tha Kid and SZA, the famed "mutant R&B" producer's long-awaited debut continues to remodel modern soul while tackling the melancholy of the club. More....
  3. First Listen: Ani Cordero, 'Querido Mundo'
    The Latin rock veteran's new album is a direct musical statement about the state of affairs in the world. More....
  4. First Listen: Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, 'Transparent Water'
    The Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and Senegalese kora master make a powerful statement on this transfixing, multi-cultural affair. More....
  5. First Listen: Vagabon, 'Infinite Worlds'
    Laetitia Tamko sings and plays guitar, synths, keyboard and drums on one of the more anticipated indie-rock records of the new year. More....
  6. First Listen: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Freedom Highway'
    In her new work, the Carolina Chocolate Drops vocalist speaks for the truly silenced: slaves; those murdered during the civil rights movement; young men felled by police bullets in city streets today. More....
  7. Review: Ryan Adams, 'Prisoner'
    In many ways, Adams' 16th album feels like a retreat: to self-reflection, to primal emotions, and to a tense, rootsy sound that recalls Bruce Springsteen. More....
  8. First Listen: Son Volt, 'Notes Of Blue'
    Son Volt has always deserved more attention than it's gotten, and the band's eighth album provides a lean and sturdy showcase for Jay Farrar's eternally weary but undiminished voice. More....
  9. First Listen: Alison Krauss, 'Windy City'
    Krauss' first solo album since 1999 shows off her intelligence and good humor in versions of classic songs that are delightfully down to earth. More....
  10. Review: Sinkane, 'Life & Livin' It'
    The pop-music polymath's new album is brimming with optimism, hope, and hooks that won't leave your head. More....