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The Beach Boys are in harmony again. The group is recording and performing together, after years of disputes and estrangement.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love tell Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that they're not surprised at the reunion.

"We've had 50 years' practice," Wilson says, "not just in music but in being guys."

Love says once they got back in the studio and started writing again, it felt like they had never left.

"It was nuts," Wilson says. "It was a nutbuster."

The Keels: Live from Studio A REPLAY

May 31, 2012

The Keels performed live from WCBE's Studio A on May 31st, 2012. We heard the songs "Wild Bill Jones", "I'm No Doctor", and "Sound Check". Enjoy! 

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CD Review: The Dave Brubeck Quartet "Their Last Time Out" 1967

May 16, 2012
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Columbia Records (CK-40585)

 

Music now has some what alienated listeners due to what has seemed to me like random popularity spikes in genres of music. In my age group, I tend to hear a lot of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music.

You've Never Heard Simon And Garfunkel's 'Bookends'?!

May 14, 2012

Note: This is a recurring series in which we ask our unimaginably young interns to review classic albums they've never heard before. Until very recently, Jenna Strucko was an intern for NPR Music.

Polica On World Cafe

May 10, 2012

Despite the slow, twisting, synth-looping style of Polica, the group's album came together in only a few recording sessions. Recovering from the breakup of her folk rock band Roma di Luna and the breakup of her marriage to one of her bandmates, Channy Leaneagh turned to friend and collaborator Ryan Olson, founder of Gayngs. The two worked together on Gayngs' album Relayted in 2010 and they were interested in working together again.

Dick and Jane Project Song of the Week: "Bumper Cars"

May 4, 2012

LYRICS

A beautiful sunny day started out like any other. Driving down the street in his rusty old clunker, “Can I make it there?” he wondered. The big promotion was his for the taking. He could finally see to the top. This is the day when he needed to get there the most. You can’t give up.Your can’t give in. If you’re meant to be on the road that you’re on, then you’re bound to win. No, you can’t give up. You can’t give in. Take your time. Slow down. See life through to the end.

Well she sits and she thinks, “I’m so glad I’m on this road, I have no idea where I’m going but I have room to be bold.” And sweeping by all of the slow ones, the busses and the tractors. All that’s left is the open road. And all she can do is go faster.

Oh, that last left turn was a time to forget. But you’ll always remember and always regret. Never before has something bad been so good. Both cars in pieces and as you stand to the side, it could have been worse. You’re still living life.

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Heartbroken"

Apr 27, 2012

CREDITS

lyrics by Angelique & Nakita / music by The Town Monster

The number of major record labels is down to three. But that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to promoting music that's out of the mainstream. A label called Amarrass Records, founded in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is dedicated to exposing and preserving indigenous folk music before it disappears.

It's never been easy to make a living as a musician. But there was always a dream: to become a star on the strength of your talent and your music. The Internet is a rude sandman, however, and today that dream is a lot more convoluted.

No longer can a would-be rock star follow the once-accepted checklist: (1) sign with a big label, (2) get a hit, (3) buy mansions and cars. The number of ways a musician can make money is now varied. The question, for many musicians still trying to make a go of it in the industry, is whether those many sources can add up to something sustainable.

Elliott Brood: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Apr 9, 2012
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Elliot Brood performed live from WCBE's Studio A on March 9th, 2012. Check out the amazing performance right now on Live from Studio A REPLAY. Enjoy!

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With simple melodies and sardonic lyrics, Archie Powell and the Exports' new album, Great Ideas in Action, may well be the soundtrack to this summer. The group released its first EP (Loose Change) in 2009, and its debut album, Skip Work, followed a year later. Skip Work was praised for its addictive hooks, lyrical wit and sophistication. Buried beneath catchy, raucous rock 'n' roll, the album's emotional content reflected the nervous energy and anxiety that the band members say they felt graduating college.

Sugar + The Hi-lows: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Mar 19, 2012
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Sugar + The Hi-lows played live from Studio A on October 10th, 2012. They played their songs "Two Day High", "Snow Angel", and "Skip The Line"! Check out the performance and interview, and enjoy! 

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Jared Mahone: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Mar 18, 2012
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Jared Mahone performed live from Studio A on November 27th, 2012! Check out his amazing performances of "California", "From Joe To Betsy", and "Come Find You". Enjoy!

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Jeb Loy Nichols: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Mar 10, 2012
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Jeb Loy Nichols performed live from WCBE's Studio A on March 9th, 2012! Check out the amazing performances of "Hard Times", "As The Rain", and "Countrymusicdisco45"! Enjoy! 

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In 1968, Hugh Masekela was not quite 30 years old and though he was in exile from his homeland of South Africa, he seemed ready to become at home on the American jazz and pop markets. That summer, he had scored a number one single, "Grazing in the Grass." A year earlier, he'd been one of the few international performers at the 1967 Monterrey International Pop Festival and had appeared in its D.A. Pennebaker documentary. Yet strangely enough, over the next 45 years Masekela never quite found his sweet spot.

Check out the performance and interview  from Rumpke Mountain Boys and David Gans. They performed the songs "Cincinnati Moon", "River and Drown", and "Just Outside". 

Interview By: Maggie Brennan

Engineered/Mixed By: Mike Taylor 

Stephen Kellogg: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Feb 25, 2012

Check out this performance from Stephen Kellogg from WCBE's Studio A. He performed his songs "Lost And Found", "Forgive You, Forgive Me", and "The Best". Check out these great performances and interview. If you want to find out more about Stephen Kellogg, check out his website here: www.stephenkellogg.com.

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Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "I Love Nature"

Feb 24, 2012

LYRICS

I love nature because of the beautiful colors. I love nature because nature is pink. I like the colors because of the green in the trees. The colors are lovely just the way they are.

I love nature because of the beautiful sounds. I love nature because the sounds are so funny. I just think to myself, ”they’re magnificent.” The birds chirp and sing ’cause that’s the way they are.

I feel the grass when I go hiking. I feel the bugs when they bite me. And the flowers they are colorful. And the berries are juicy just the way they are. The colors are lovely just the way they are. The birds chirp and sing ’cause they way they are. The berries are juicy just they way they are.

Bright Moments On 'World Cafe: Next'

Feb 13, 2012

With its fresh, upbeat sound, Bright Moments' debut album Natives will likely sound familiar when it's released later this month.

Mount Moriah: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Feb 10, 2012
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Mount Moriah performed live from WCBE's Studio A on February 9th, 2012. Check out the amazing performance! 

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Polica On 'World Cafe: Next'

Feb 6, 2012

Polica's sound is crisp, minimalist and mesmerizing. Singer Channy Leaneagh plays her voice like an instrument, using AutoTune both in the studio and at live shows to manipulate her vocals. Against the sliding violins, saxophone solos, relaxed bass and dueling drums of Polica, it's hard to believe that before this, Leaneagh sang folk music for six years in her previous band, Roma di Luna.

The Kopecky Family Band: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Jan 28, 2012
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The Kopecky Family Band performed live from WCBE's Studio A on January 26th, 2012, Check out the performances of "Howlin' At The Moon", "Birds", and "Ella". Enjoy! 

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JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound performed live from WCBE's Studio A on December 2nd, 2011. Check out the amazing performance and interview! Enjoy!

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James Maddock: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Nov 20, 2011
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James Maddock performed live from WCBE's Studio A on November 17th, 2011. Check out the amazing performance and interview: Enjoy!

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Bassekou Kouyate: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Nov 20, 2011
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Bassekou Kouyate performed live from WCBE's Studio A on November 18th, 2011. Check out the amazing performances of "Ngoni Fola", "I Speak Fula", and "Djongo Loni". We hope you enjoy the performances!

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Railroad Earth: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Nov 19, 2011
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Railroad Earth performed live from WCBE's Studio A on November 17th, 2011. Check out the amazing performances of "Lordy Lordy", "The Forecast", and "Potter's Field". Enjoy!

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Tommy Castro: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Nov 17, 2011
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Tommy Castro performed live from WCBE's Studio A on November 15th, 2011. Check out the incredible performance and interview here! Enjoy! 

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Erica Blinn With Terry Anderson And The Oak Team performed live from WCBE's Studio A on October 21st, 2011! Check out the performances of "Choices", "Spend The Night", and "Whether Or Not". Enjoy! 

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Lipbone Redding: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Aug 5, 2011
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Lipbone Redding performed live from WCBE's Studio A on August 3rd, 2011! Check out the amazing performance again! Enjoy!

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Sharif: Live from Studio A REPLAY

Jul 30, 2011

Sharif performed live from WCBE's Studio A on July 29th, 2011. Check out the amazing performance again! Enjoy! 

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