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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: Ex Hex, 'It's Real'
    The D.C.-based three-piece Ex Hex, in a word, rocks. For its new record, the band shakes up the frayed-but-taut tumult for which its known with some nods to '70s prog-rock and '80s hair-metal. More....
  2. First Listen: American Football, 'American Football (LP3)'
    The seminal emo band's latest builds the band's legacy as meticulously as the layered instrumental parts that constitute the album's songcraft. More....
  3. First Listen: Nilüfer Yanya, 'Miss Universe'
    Given the stylistic twists and turns she's taken over the course of her brief career, it's hard to believe that the critically lauded Nilüfer Yanya is only just now poised to release her debut album. More....
  4. Place Your 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery' With The Comet Is Coming
    The London trio, led by Shabaka Hutchings on reeds, liberates itself from received jazz wisdom, let alone any form of decorum. More....
  5. CHAI Undermines Worn Out Notions of Kawaii & 'PUNK' On Its Ebullient New Album
    The sugar-coated experimental pop band works to redefine and undermine the concept of "kawaii" — the pervasiveness of delicate cuteness in Japanese culture. More....
  6. Kari Faux Processes Her Pain On 'Cry 4 Help' EP
    The rapper's five-track EP Cry 4 Help is her first project in two years and though it's condensed, sounds more honest than any of her previous releases. More....
  7. With 'This Is How You Smile', Helado Negro Transforms Familial Relations Into Beauty
    Ecuadorian-American producer Robert Carlos Lange builds his sound on ambient electronics, Latin American rhythms and instrumentation that allows each element to bounce and reverberate. More....
  8. Patty Griffin Unfurls The Power Of Exploring Inner Selves On Her Tenth Album
    The brilliant, openhearted singer-songwriter's 10th album showcases her gift for imagining the untamed forces of people's inner lives. More....
  9. Amanda Palmer Divines A Grand Statement Of Empathy On 'There Will Be No Intermission'
    At 74 minutes, Palmer's new album is almost unfathomably ambitious, fueled by radical empathy and made by and for feelers of grand feelings. More....
  10. Flight Of The Conchords Reunite — Wit And Charm Intact — On 'Live In London'
    The New Zealanders' new recording combines live performances of Conchords classics with loose tracks that the duo has performed over the years but never officially released. More....