Music

WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:35 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Rodriguez Live From Studio A Nov. 1, 2012 @ 2PM!

Rodriguez
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Hailing from Detroit, the Mexican-American folk musician will play live for us during the Global Village! 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
2:57 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

He's My Brother She's My Sister Live From Studio A Oct. 30, 2012 @ 2PM!

He's My Brother She's My Sister Live From Studio A
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L.A.'s He's My Brother She's My Sister will play their mix of folk, glam and western swing during their live session on the Global Village.  They're touring in support of the new CD Nobody Dances In This Town.  Tune in for a chance to win tickets for the show that night at Woodland's Tavern!  Erica Blinn and Teen Fiction will open up!

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Music
2:30 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Behind The Scenes With Cafe Tacvba

Cafe Tacvba members Ruben Albarran, Enrique "Quique" Rangel Arroyo, Jose Alfredo Rangel Arroyo and Emmanuel "Meme" del Real Diaz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:05 am

It's difficult to overstate Cafe Tacvba's impact on Latin music since the Mexican band first surfaced in the early '90s. So we were thrilled to get the band's own perspective, as members Enrique "Quique" Rangel Arroyo and Emmanuel "Meme" del Real Diaz join us on this week's show.

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Music
2:26 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

KCEP in Las Vegas can't stop playing Avant's new jam, "You and I," which features R&B singer Keke Wyatt.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 1:19 pm

Every so often, people at an NPR station discover a song they can't get enough of. On those occasions, we ask them to share their obsession with the nation. Ben Famous is the music director at KCEP Power88 in Las Vegas. He spoke to Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about a new cut from R&B heavyweight Avant. It's called "You and I," and it features Keke Wyatt. "The first time we played it," says Famous, "the phone lines lit up, and people were like, 'Who was that?' 'What was that?'"

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
2:22 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

David Wax Museum Live From Studio A Oct. 29, 2012 @ 2PM!

The David Wax Museum Live From Studio A
Credit The David Wax Museum Live From Studio A

Boston's The David Wax Museum will bring their blend of American roots, traditional Mexican folk and indie rock and play a few songs live during the Global Village! 

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WEB EXCLUSIVE
4:27 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Two Man Gentlemand Band: Live from Studio A REPLAY

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The Two Man Gentleman Band performed live from WCBE's Studio A on October 2nd, 2012. Check out the great performances of "Pork Chops", "I Can't Go On This Way", and "Please Don't Water It Down"! 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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Studio A Review
9:27 am
Thu October 25, 2012

A New Kind of Tiger Blood: Live in Studio A with Marco Benevento

Photo taken by Ciara Kinzig

Charlie Sheen claimed “tiger blood,” but the blood of rock/pop fusion artist Marco Benevento’s newest album Tiger Face claims a whole new phrase of experimentation.

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Music Interviews
2:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stephen Colbert's Most Meaningful Musical Moments

Stephen Colbert (right) performs with Ben Folds on the set of his TV show, The Colbert Report.
Kris Long

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 10:12 am

Stephen Colbert loves music and loves to sing. That's why Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why. For example, as a kid, Colbert discovered his first lesson about character acting through "King Herod's Song" from Jesus Christ Superstar, even though he thought the words were scandalous at first: "Oh, so you are the Christ? You're the great Jesus Christ. Prove to me that you're no fool. Walk across my swimming pool."

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Author Interviews
10:47 am
Sun October 21, 2012

'John Lennon Letters' Reveal A Life As It Happened

John Lennon signs autographs during the filming of The Magical Mystery Tour.
Jim Gray Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 4:21 pm

John Lennon loved word play; he wrote songs that have not only become standards, but also milestones, like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields," which he wrote with the Beatles, and "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance," which he wrote on his own. For most of his life, he also composed letters to friends and family; then lovers, as he grew up; and strangers, as he grew famous. His notes, letters and postcards often contained small, funny drawings and self portraits.

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Music Interviews
10:43 am
Sun October 21, 2012

From Elgar To Beatles: Abbey Road Blazed A Trail

The iconic cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road.
Album cover

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:01 pm

In 1969, four moppy-haired musicians named John, Paul, George and Ringo walked single file on a London crosswalk and made one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Today, a steady stream of Beatles fans and London tourists are still eager to walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four on that famous stretch of asphalt.

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News
9:33 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Local Schools Receive State Report Cards

Two-dozen local school districts received the state's highest honors on this year's report card.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Kaki King: A Guitar Wizard Conjures New Colors

Kaki King's latest album is called Glow.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 5:36 am

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The Record
12:45 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Taking Stock Of The MP3 At Midlife

The Hardware: The Rio, a portable MP3 player introduced by Diamond Multimedia in 1998, had 32MB of internal memory, just about enough to hold one 35-minute album of MP3s encoded at 128 kBps.
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Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 7:31 am

Last week, Joel Rose wrote about the compact disc on its 30th anniversary, but it could have been an obituary. In the last decade, CD sales in the United States have dropped by more than two thirds, fulfilling a cycle that dates back to wax cylinders and 78 rpm discs: the 20 to 30 year lifespan of a format, followed by the rise of a new technology. So we decided to look at the format that usurped the CD's place in music listener's ears and hard drives, if not always hearts.

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Music Reviews
3:24 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Shemekia Copeland Embodies The Blues On '33 1/3'

Shemekia Copeland's new album is titled 33 1/3.
Sandrine Lee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 3:25 pm

Shemekia Copeland says she didn't really find her singing voice until her teen years, when her father, the late blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, began suffering from health issues. On her new album, 33 1/3, she finds a different kind of voice — one that's eager to participate in a national dialogue.

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The Record
8:10 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Rock Hall Nominations: Who, Why And How Likely Are They To Be Inducted?

Donna Summer performs in October 2011. Summer, who died in May, is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year for the fifth time.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 7:03 am

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First Listen
8:08 am
Tue October 9, 2012

First Listen: Jason Lytle, 'Dept. Of Disappearance'

Jason Lytle's new album, Dept. of Disappearance, comes out Oct. 16.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 6:07 pm

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After two decades of writing beautifully inspired, idiosyncratic pop and rock songs, former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle has come to one immutable conclusion: His music isn't that heavy.

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First Listen
8:07 am
Tue October 9, 2012

First Listen: Martha Wainwright, 'Come Home To Mama'

Martha Wainwright's new album, Come Home to Mama, comes out Oct. 16.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 6:08 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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Music Interviews
5:02 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Ultraísta: Radiohead's Knob-Twister Takes Off

Detail of the cover art from Ultraísta, the debut album from Nigel Godrich's new trio.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 7:58 pm

At the beginning of 1997, Nigel Godrich was a relatively unknown recording engineer. He'd been looking for a band that would trust his instincts as a producer, and he'd finally gotten his chance — with the band Radiohead. By the end of 1997, Godrich was one of the most talked-about names in music.

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Music
9:32 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Record A Song This Weekend!

While we may not agree as to whether new recording technology makes music better or worse (see Douglas Wolk's fantastic essay), I think we'd all be willing to admit that technology has made making music a whole lot easier, cheaper and more accessible. We can be more agile, impulsive, nimble, reactionary and spontaneous than ever before. Right? Well, that's the idea anyway.

So let's try!

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Music
9:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Oumou, Abdel, & Miguek - Live on Afropop Worldwide!

Afropoppers have come to be on a first name basis with many of the superstars we've introduced you to over the years, much like Stevie, Aretha, and Bonnie. We'll enjoy some of Afropop Worldwide's finest live recordings of Oumou Sangare, Abdel Gadir Salim, and Miguel Poveda plus some under-recognized artists we've pulled from our recording archive. 
 

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