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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: Leyla McCalla, 'The Capitalist Blues'
    On her bustling third album, the former Carolina Chocolate Drops member maps her vision of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora while gently taking Anglocentricism (and capitalism) down a notch. More....
  2. First Listen: Lula Wiles, 'What Will We Do'
    The Berklee-educated trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin deftly mine the particulars of their individual lives into a rousing, modernist adaptation of Americana music. More....
  3. First Listen: Liz Brasher, 'Painted Image'
    The debut album from the Memphis artist offers a uniquely modern take on the Stax and Sun-style soul threaded into her adopted hometown's musical DNA. More....
  4. First Listen: Pedro The Lion, 'Phoenix'
    On the first Pedro the Lion album in 15 years, songwriter David Bazan reckons with his roots, telling an origin story while avoiding any trace of self-mythologizing.  More....
  5. First Listen: Toro y Moi, 'Outer Peace'
    On his new album, talented producer and chillwave crusader Chaz Bundick has transitioned into a full-fledged vocalist and groove operator. More....
  6. Randy Houser Returns to His Roots on the Cinematic 'Magnolia'
    Randy Houser imagines and inhabits a blue-collar, tortured soul character with some of the most expressive performances of his career.  More....
  7. 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....
  8. 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....
  9. '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....
  10. 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....