Dick and Jane
12:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Dick and Jane Song of the Week: "Heartbroken"


lyrics by Angelique & Nakita / music by The Town Monster

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The Record
8:00 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Indian Record Label Hits The Road To Save Traditional Music

Sakar Khan with his kamancha in his home in Hamira, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. He's passed his favorite kamancha ‚ÄĒ the one he got from his father ‚ÄĒ to his son, Darra. But this one plays just fine, if he's the guy playing it.
Michael Sullivan NPR

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 4:24 pm

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.

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The Record
4:30 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

How To Succeed In The Music Business (By Trying Really, Really Hard)

Raka Dun (left) and Raka Rich of the Oakland, Calif., duo Los Rakas.
Laura Sydell via Instagram NPR

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 2:43 pm

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.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Archie Powell And The Exports On 'World Cafe: Next'

Archie Powell and the Exports.
Carolina M. Rodriguez

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 4:32 pm

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.

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8:45 am
Mon March 19, 2012

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

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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11:02 am
Sun March 18, 2012

Jared Mahone: Live from Studio A REPLAY

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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3:36 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Jeb Loy Nichols: Live from Studio A REPLAY

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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Music Reviews
8:22 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Hugh Masekela: Wedding Songs That Don't Sound Blue

Hugh Masekela.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 8:50 am

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.

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Dick and Jane
2:40 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

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

Listen Here for the Story Behind the Song.


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,¬†‚ÄĚthey‚Äôre magnificent.‚Ä̬†The birds chirp and sing ‚Äôcause that‚Äôs 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.

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World Cafe
3:04 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Bright Moments On 'World Cafe: Next'

Bright Moments' debut album, Natives, comes out Feb. 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 11:36 pm

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

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World Cafe
11:09 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Polica On 'World Cafe: Next'

Channy Casselle of Polica combines jazz, blues and electronic elements with AutoTuned vocals for a chilling effect.
Colin Kerrigan

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.

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3:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Tommy Castro: Live from Studio A REPLAY

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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