First Listen

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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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Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

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

  1. Don't Just Scream — Portrayal Of Guilt Wants To 'Let Pain Be Your Guide'
    The chaotic hardcore band revs up a commercial-grade motor of riffs that flay, blast and smear discontent. More....
  2. Metal Supergroup Azusa Claws And Coos Through 'Heavy Yoke'
    Members of Extol and The Dillinger Escape Plan reach across the metal spectrum for a debut album wrapped in rapturously beautiful discord. More....
  3. 'String Theory' Illuminates Hanson's Remarkable Songcraft
    Even in a studio, backed by a symphony orchestra as they survey their long career in pop music, these guys know how to work a room. More....
  4. Charles Bradley's 'Black Velvet' Is A Final Love Letter To His Fans
    Charles Bradley had boundless love and talent. This posthumous collection of songs is a testimony to his beauty and spirit. More....
  5. The Glands' Posthumous 'Double Coda' Extends A Lifeline
    Ross Shapiro built hooks that betrayed both sardonic armor and a soft heart. Double Coda collects two decades worth of Glands demos and recordings.  More....
  6. Laura Jane Grace Thrives In 'Bought To Rot'
    The Against Me! singer bounds around outside the boundaries and margins of punk, while still sounding unfiltered, playfully profane and overstuffed with ideas.  More....
  7. On 'She Remembers Everything,' Rosanne Cash Wields A Lived Testimony
    Rather than the complexities of inheritance, Rosanne Cash's mind is on what it takes to dislodge entrenched patterns and hierarchies. More....
  8. Bob Dylan Documents A Messy And Mysterious Opus
    When, if ever, can a song written by Bob Dylan be considered finished? A massive trove of outtakes documents every utterance from the New York sessions that led to Blood On the Tracks. More....
  9. Molly Nilsson's 'Twenty Twenty' Exposes The Fragments Of Life
    The Berlin-based, Swedish synth-pop artist makes self-discovery in 2018 sound ominous and fun and painful at once. More....
  10. Laura Gibson's 'Goners' Ruminates On A Distant Past And Uncertain Future
    On her gripping new album, Gibson diversifies her arrangements to allow for everything from barren ballads to grandiose stormers that boom and swirl. More....