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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 Talia Schlanger as she 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: Neko Case, 'Hell-On'
    A quarter-century into Case's career, her words still feel intensely personal and utterly oblique, as if she's whispering her darkest secrets in Sanskrit. More....
  2. First Listen: Natalie Prass, 'The Future And The Past'
    On her sophomore release The Future and The Past, the heartbreak of Prass' 2015 self-titled debut is still there in spades, but the narrative — as well as the music itself — is somehow grander yet. More....
  3. First Listen: Liz Vice, 'Save Me'
    On her second album, the gospel and soul singer makes temperate use of dramatic gestures. More....
  4. 'Sink' Into Sudan Archives' Soulful, Unconventional Music
    With African traditions, R&B experimentation and pithy lyrics, Sudan Archives expands her musical menagerie on her second EP. More....
  5. Joshua Redman, 'Still Dreaming,' Pays Emotional Tribute To His Father
    The revered saxophonist leads an agile post-bop group with Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums. More....
  6. Public Enemy Gets Grooved By The Keepers Of Latin Funk
    Inspired by Public Enemy's discography, Brownout's latest batch of Latin funk covers is an instrumental soundtrack that recalls the grooves of late 1970s. More....
  7. Kamaal Williams' 'The Return' Is An Elastic And Funky Debut
    Williams is a central figure in London's jazz renaissance. Stream the producer's debut full-length in its entirety. More....
  8. Now, Now's Sparkling 'Saved' Captures Pop At Its Most Intimate
    On its first album in six years, Now, Now perfectly captures pop music's ability to transmute desire and despair into easily hummable enlightenment. More....
  9. Kelly Willis, With Some Distance, Is 'Back Being Blue'
    Willis' first album of solo material in 11 years has the pillowy, R&B-glazed texture of country-pop in the disco era, without abandoning the singer's alt-country roots. More....
  10. Mary Lattimore's 'Hundreds Of Days' Reinvigorates The Imagination
    Indie rock's most in-demand harpist conjures a veritable sky of sound on her third album. More....