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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: Amber Coffman, 'City Of No Reply'
    Coffman's first album since leaving Dirty Projectors reads like a love letter to the act of going solo, in life as in music. More....
  2. First Listen: Cody ChesnuTT, 'My Love Divine Degree'
    A studio session with Kanye led to a new album that finds the soul eccentric extending his fatherly compassion, and a helping of funk, to the world at large. More....
  3. First Listen: Benjamin Booker, 'Witness'
    Booker's second studio album is inspired by a society that disproportionately harms black bodies, and what he saw as his own lack of effort to do anything about it. More....
  4. First Listen: Luke Combs, 'This One's For You'
    The singer-songwriter proves himself to be an astute student of country music's trends and conventions. More....
  5. First Listen: Chastity Belt, 'I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone'
    The stars of Seattle's underground rock renaissance have never felt this vulnerable, or as relatable. More....
  6. First Listen: Dan Auerbach, 'Waiting On A Song'
    Each track on The Black Keys singer's new album sparkles like a long-lost AM radio gem. More....
  7. First Listen: The Heliocentrics, 'A World Of Masks'
    This UK-based funk ensemble took its name from a Sun Ra album. One listen to A World Of Masks and you'll hear why. More....
  8. First Listen: Maysa, 'Love Is A Battlefield'
    The Incognito vocalist performs covers of her favorite songs, including Luther Vandross' "Because It's Really Love," Natalie Cole's "Inseparable" and more. More....
  9. First Listen: Flor De Toloache, 'Las Caras Lindas'
    This foursome of Latino women weave jazz, classical, salsa, cumbia, folk, rock, country and hip-hop on the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated debut album. More....
  10. First Listen: Justin Townes Earle, 'Kids In The Street'
    Kids In The Street is the veteran songwriter's most pleasing and playful effort to date. More....