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 Talia Schlanger as she 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. Review: CyHi The Prynce, 'No Dope On Sundays'
    The Atlanta rapper's long-gestating debut album portrays a person at ease with their many, and divergent, aspects — here, CyHi tells the stories behind a breakout album. More....
  2. Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 'Rest'
    The French singer (and actor) has made her first album in 7 years — a testament to the power of immaculate, effortless-sounding pop songcraft, even in the face of loss. More....
  3. Review: Sharon Van Etten, '(it was) because i was in love'
    Van Etten's newly reissued 2009 debut captures a sound the singer has since left behind. But it remains radiant, universal and utterly timeless. More....
  4. Review: Syleena Johnson, 'Rebirth Of Soul'
    The contemporary R&B singer collaborates with her father — blues and soul legend Syl Johnson — to craft a consciously retro-sounding album which feels both vital and knowing. More....
  5. Review: Bob Dylan, 'Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981'
    The Nobel Prize winner's latest bootleg set focuses on the parables and homilies he wrote for his "Christian trilogy," including a previously unreleased gospel track called "Making A Liar Out Of Me." More....
  6. Review: Maylee Todd, 'Acts Of Love'
    The Toronto-based songwriter's new album beckons the listener into an intimate space where daydreams can go undisturbed. More....
  7. Review: Blitzen Trapper, 'Wild And Reckless'
    The Portland band's ninth album is a sprawling, sumptuous testament to Weird America. More....
  8. Review: Shamir, 'Revelations'
    Shamir Bailey's stripped-down, self-produced songs are brimming with self-assurance and confidence, even in the midst of anxiety and heartache. More....
  9. Review: Lee Ann Womack, 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone'
    The country singer's ninth album shows why Womack is one of American roots music's foremost auteurs. More....
  10. Review: Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts, 'MILANO'
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O guest stars on the Italian producer's paean to 1980s Milan and all its vices. More....