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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: Justin Townes Earle, 'The Saint Of Lost Causes'
    Cradled in his homespun warmth, Justin Townes Earle's husky drawl feels like the darkness before the dawn. More....
  2. First Listen: Mavis Staples, 'We Get By'
    Mavis Staples is a living embodiment of gospel music's place in the civil rights movement, but she's no static symbol of the past.  More....
  3. First Listen: Petrol Girls, 'Cut & Stitch'
    These are songs that rip through time, across borders and into psyches with feminist post-hardcore that engages at it rampages. More....
  4. First Listen: Sebadoh, 'Act Surprised'
    The band kicks off its fourth decade with a string of spiky, aggressive three-minute rock songs whose jagged edges hide a throbbing heart. More....
  5. First Listen: Brad Mehldau, 'Finding Gabriel'
    The jazz pianist's swing-for-the-fences opus references Old Testament prophets and collides retro-futurist synthesizers with horns and strings.  More....
  6. First Listen: Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, 'Kingfish'
    The 20-year-old guitar phenom understands the blues as a lifeline, a malleable language, a way of being in the world.  More....
  7. First Listen: Lucette, 'Deluxe Hotel Room'
    Lucette avoids strummed guitars in favor of spartan digital sounds on her new album produced by Sturgill Simpson.  More....
  8. A.A. Bondy's 'Enderness' Searches For New Ways To Sing The Blues
    A.A. Bondy channels his eternal weariness into evocative blurs of languid, hypnotic sound.  More....
  9. There's No Band Like Tank And The Bangas
    The indescribable New Orleans band fulfills both its vision and creates something beyond its imagination. More....
  10. Tacocat Anchors 'This Mess Is A Place' In Hope
    Tacocat retains its signature snark and surf-pop without sugarcoating the effects of the emotionally-draining political landscape. More....