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

  1. First Listen: Nothing, 'Dance On The Blacktop'
    Domenic Palermo channels a lifetime of tragedy into Nothing's blustery distortion, scorching riffs and stirring melodies.  More....
  2. First Listen: Candi Staton, 'Unstoppable'
    The Southern soul survivor has made an album about strength: a holistic shot in the arm to help you find the fortitude to fight. More....
  3. First Listen: Lucie Silvas, 'E.G.O.'
    The British-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter depicts the collision of self-importance and insecurity from an earthier, more conversational angle.  More....
  4. First Listen: Dee White, 'Southern Gentleman'
    On his debut, recorded with studio gurus Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, Dee White does something very different with his vintage country tastes. Alison Krauss guests. More....
  5. Two Decades Later, Death Cab For Cutie Wants To 'Thank You For Today'
    On the band's ninth album, Ben Gibbard addresses an array of life's aftermaths, set against propulsive arrangements that know just when to sparkle and sway. More....
  6. Roy Montgomery's Ghostly Disappearing Act
    Roy Montgomery's ambient guitar symphonies foreground the voices of Circuit Des Yeux's Haley Fohr, Julianna Barwick, Grouper's Liz Harris and others.  More....
  7. As Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers Goes Solo, 'Mulberry Violence' Expands
    The solo debut from the Youth Lagoon frontman sounds like nothing Trevor Powers has made yet — gorgeous and ornate while bleakly unsettling. More....
  8. Liz Cooper & The Stampede's 'Window Flowers' Channels Classic Sounds To Soar
    Liz Cooper & The Stampede's debut record features a gorgeously arranged bouquet of psychedelia-tinged folk-rock. More....
  9. Jason Eady's 'I Travel On' Takes A Deep, Restorative Breath
    Now 13 years into his recording career, 43-year-old Eady is a grown-ass man assessing his world, not with angst or regret but with a palpable sense of satisfaction and self-worth.  More....
  10. The War And Treaty's 'Healing Tide' Bares A Powerful Testimony
    The married duo Michael and Tanya Trotter convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo's creative engine and core message.  More....