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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:13 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bumper Jacksons Live From Studio A May 30, 2013 @ 2PM!

Bumper Jacksons will perform Live From Studio A

The Baltimore based duo Bumper Jacksons will bring their traditional jazz and ragtime sounds to WCBE's Studio A. 

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11:31 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Red Baraat On World Cafe

Red Baraat.
Erin Patrice O'Brien Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:45 am

At a Red Baraat show, the combination of Punjabi Bhangra music, New Orleans-style jazz, go-go and even hip-hop is so seamless — and the vibe of the party is so exuberant — that barriers fall down. That unique sound is what Red Baraat's leader, Sunny Jain, had in mind when he formed the band in Brooklyn in 2008.

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World Cafe
8:34 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Red Baraat Tonight on the World Cafe @ 8pm!

http://www.redbaraat.com/

It's a dance party today, as Red Baraat join host David Dye on the World Cafe. Led by drummer Sunny Jain, this Brooklyn based collective plays a driving blend of North Indian bhangra rhythms, mixed with jazz, funk, and hip-hop. We'll hear a live set from Shruggy Ji, their second and latest album, and Jain will tell the story of how he first developed Red Baraat's remarkable sound.  

Music
8:16 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight

Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 4:38 pm

When Duke Ellington received the news that Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years, had died, Ellington reportedly cried and told a friend, "No, I'm not all right! Nothing is going to be all right now."

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Music
7:51 am
Wed May 29, 2013

New Music: Boards of Canada, A Sharon Van Etten-Shearwater Duet, Thundercat, More

Clockwise from upper left: Sharon Van Etten, Boards Of Canada, Thundercat, Natasha Kmeto
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 10:26 pm

Last month the Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada released a series of mysterious recordings of a voice reading a set of numbers. Clever fans soon realized that the numbers were a code that, once entered, in order, online, revealed a video announcing Tomorrow's Harvest, the group's first new album in eight years. On this week's All Songs Considered we finally get a preview of the album with a brand new Boards Of Canada song "Reach For The Dead."

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Music
4:01 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."
Brett Deering WireImage

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:43 am

Woody Guthrie's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours. But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to a full restoration as Oklahoma opens his archives.

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Music
12:11 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Ivan And Alyosha On World Cafe

Ivan and Alyosha.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:23 am

Ivan and Alyosha started out as the duo of Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary, with the band's name coming from characters in the Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov. The two met in 2007 and immediately attracted strong national praise for their first EP, The Verse, The Chorus.

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Music
9:37 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Watch A Mind-Blowing Visualization Of 'The Rite Of Spring'

Stephen Malinowski

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:28 am

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Music
12:03 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Quincy Jones: The Man Behind The Music

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 9:33 am

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 5, 2001.

Quincy Jones is one of those people to whom the word "legendary" is often attached. So it was no surprise when, on May 18, the 80-year-old Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Jones grew up poor on the south side of Chicago during the Depression, but moved to Seattle when he was 10. It was there, as a teenager, that Jones befriended and began collaborating with Ray Charles — a friendship that would remain strong until Charles' death in 2004.

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Music
1:10 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

It's A Process: Mount Kimbie On Making Their New Album

Kai Campos (right), with his partner in Mount Kimbie Dom Maker, says he's happy with Cold Spring Fault Less Youth and he's relieved it's done.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 1:47 pm

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
1:08 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Satellite Live From Studio A May 28, 2013 @ 2PM!

Satellite will perform Live From Studio A

  

Tune in for a session with Satellite during the Global Village!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:20 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Col. Bruce Hampton Band Live From Studio A May 24, 2013 @ 2PM!

Col. Bruce Hampton will perform Live From Studio A

Col. Bruce Hampton will visit WCBE to play a few songs for us ahead of the show that night at Woodland's Tavern with The Resisters.  

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Music
10:38 am
Thu May 23, 2013

KCRW Presents: Yo La Tengo

KCRW

Yo La Tengo performed two songs from their recent album, Fade, live for NPR's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Watch the video for "Two Trains"

Music
10:18 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Thursday Night on the World Cafe @8pm!

Boy
Matze Hielscher via Boy's Facebook Page

Female duo, Boy, debut their infectious brand of indie-pop on Mutual Friends.

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LIVE MUSIC EVENT
9:54 am
Thu May 23, 2013

First Listen Live: Queens Of The Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork'

Nora Lezano/Courtesy of the artist via npr.org

Queens of the Stone Age are performing a sold-out show at The Wiltern tonight in Los Angeles, but WCBE can provide you with a front-row seat!

Music
1:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

First Listen: Mount Kimbie, 'Cold Spring Fault Less Youth'

Mount Kimbie's new album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, comes out May 28.
Chris Rhodes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 12:10 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

Daft Punk caused a stir earlier this year when its members announced that they'd recorded their new album, Random Access Memories, without drum machines or computer programs. Thomas Bangalter recently told All Things Considered's Audie Cornish that he'd wanted to glorify the "magic of human performances and possibly do a little bit of dance music at the same time."

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Music
1:24 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:02 pm

  • William Berger on 'Parsifal'
  • William Berger on 'Das Rheingold'
  • William Berger on 'Die Walküre'
  • William Berger on 'Tristan und Isolde'
  • William Berger on 'Die Meistersinger'

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE
10:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Aoife O'Donovan: Live From Studio A REPLAY

Aoife O'Donovan performed live from WCBE's Studio A on May 22nd, 2013. Check out the amazing performance and interview now! Enjoy! 

Do you like what you hear? Let us know what you think about our online Live from Studio A REPLAY series!

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Music
8:42 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The National, Tuesday Night on the World Cafe @8pm

Nearly three years since their acclaimed last album, High Violet, The National return with Trouble Will Find Me Tuesday night on The World Cafe 

Music
8:29 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Do You Really Listen To Full Albums?

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:17 pm

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