Music News & Reviews http://wcbe.org en WCBE Presents Nickel Creek with The Secret Sisters Sat. July 19th @ The LC! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-nickel-creek-secret-sisters-sat-july-19th-lc <p>WCBE proudly presents <a href="http://www.nickelcreek.com" target="_blank">Nickel Creek</a> with <a href="http://www.secretsistersband.com" target="_blank">The Secret Sisters</a> on Saturday, July 19th @ <a href="http://www.promowestproductions.com" target="_blank">The LC</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp; Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:34:44 +0000 Maggie Brennan 59697 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Nickel Creek with The Secret Sisters Sat. July 19th @ The LC! First Listen: Phox, 'Phox' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-phox-phox The word "charisma" is often used to imply a certain kind of attention-grabbing showiness, or even neediness. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:35:47 +0000 Stephen Thompson 57859 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Phox, 'Phox' First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-phish-fuego Whether you know its work or just its reputation, you've probably already made up your mind about <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17086603/phish">Phish</a>. Maybe you love the band and its music, maybe you can't stand them, or maybe you liked them and have since moved on to other things. Phish is one of the most dynamic and celebrated live acts in all of music, with a loyal community any artist would envy, but it's also divisive. This is a band that inspires passion with its multipart compositions, meandering improvisations, playful (often nonsensical) lyrics and unwavering positivity. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:14:01 +0000 editor 57858 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego' First Listen: The Antlers, 'Familiars' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-antlers-familiars The 2009 album <em>Hospice</em> sparked a major breakthrough for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100863291/the-antlers">The Antlers</a>, but it's not the sort of success a band would want to duplicate, even if it could. As the title suggests, <em>Hospice</em> was built around a dark unifying theme — an examination of the events surrounding the slow death of singer Peter Silberman's friend — so the record comes by its desolate, life-and-death intensity honestly. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:51:54 +0000 Stephen Thompson 57454 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: The Antlers, 'Familiars' First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-willie-nelson-band-brothers When <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396875/willie-nelson">Willie Nelson</a> was a young hustler selling songs to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396529/patsy-cline">Patsy Cline</a>'s people, he probably never thought he'd become the crowd-anointed sage of country music. But that's what happened as the Redheaded Stranger went gray, turned smoking weed into a brand and a virtue, and produced a discography that added up to its own American Songbook. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:01:14 +0000 Ann Powers 57450 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers' First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-meridian-brothers-salvadora-robot It takes just two words to sum up <em>Salvadora Robot</em>, the new album by the Colombian band Meridian Brothers: "happy weirdness."<p>Last year's release of the anthology <em>Devocion: (Works 2005-2011)</em> introduced the quirky group to audiences beyond avant-garde circles in Bogota, and <em>Salvadora Robot</em> reiterates that these free thinkers don't merely throw out tradition. They make it sound, well, weird.<p>There are no actual Meridian brothers in Meridian Brothers. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:54:26 +0000 Felix Contreras 57433 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot' First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-sam-smith-lonely-hour British singer-songwriter Sam Smith isn't shy. With a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth, he doesn't feel the need to hide — not by stifling his vocal abilities and not by ducking beneath distracting, colorful production. But on his full-length debut, <em>In the Lonely Hour</em>, he proves that he can play that game when he feels like it.<p>The album begins busily with "Money on My Mind," with its flurry of off-beat snaps, driving drums and pulsing keys. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:49:09 +0000 editor 57432 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour' Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk http://wcbe.org/post/bob-moulds-beautiful-ruinous-life-punk <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938czNAsHeM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs7wGhk_Yvg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75VNKc8Aduk</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:17:57 +0000 NPR Staff 57210 at http://wcbe.org Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk First Listen: Mary Gauthier, 'Trouble & Love' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-mary-gauthier-trouble-love The breakup songs that offer instant gratification, to songwriter and listener alike, are often the ones that either strike while the anger is hot or skip right to the part where a busted old love is replaced by a new one. Those are the fast-paced action scenes of romantic dissolution. Who would want to dwell on the quietly agonizing, drawn-out times between; the times when a person can feel like a broken record of heartache?<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15197842/mary-gauthier">Mary Gauthier</a>, that's who. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:47:11 +0000 editor 57113 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Mary Gauthier, 'Trouble & Love' First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-jose-james-while-you-were-sleeping When the spirit of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15446165/nirvana">Nirvana</a> surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:43:10 +0000 Ann Powers 57112 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping' First Listen: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-first-aid-kit-stay-gold Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg first made their names with feather-light chamber-folk confections that echoed the soaring sweetness of Fleet Foxes. A cover of that band's "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" even helped launch the then-teenagers to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMrqBldlqzA">YouTube fame</a> back in 2008. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:55:50 +0000 Stephen Thompson 57100 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold' WCBE Presents Old 97's w/ Lydia Loveless Fri. June 6, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-old-97s-w-lydia-loveless-fri-june-6-2014-0 <p>WCBE proudly presents&nbsp;Dallas' Old 97's with local great Lydia Loveless and her band at The Newport on Friday, June 6th!&nbsp; Sun, 01 Jun 2014 20:38:46 +0000 Maggie Brennan 57040 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Old 97's w/ Lydia Loveless Fri. June 6, 2014! Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview http://wcbe.org/post/jack-whites-lazaretto-all-songs-interview <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbnAxrS3EM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYF0LtfUvJs</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:25:32 +0000 Bob Boilen 56502 at http://wcbe.org Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview First Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 'Dereconstructed' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-lee-bains-iii-glory-fires-dereconstructed In north central Alabama, punk rockers often know as much about football as they do mosh pits. A guy with an arm-sleeve tattoo will open the door for a woman and call her "ma'am." Self-identifying as a blue dot in a red state doesn't preclude Sunday brunch with relatives whose own cars boast confederate-flag stickers. Thu, 22 May 2014 20:02:46 +0000 Ann Powers 56494 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 'Dereconstructed' First Listen: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, 'A Long Way To The Beginning' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-seun-kuti-egypt-80-long-way-beginning Here's the starting point for the story of Seun Kuti: He's the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/99085139/fela-kuti" target="_blank">Fela Kuti</a>. Thu, 22 May 2014 19:58:06 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 56493 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, 'A Long Way To The Beginning' First Listen: Lee Fields, 'Emma Jean' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-lee-fields-emma-jean Press play on any of the songs from <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/106842853/lee-fields">Lee Fields</a>' new album, <em>Emma Jean</em>. It'll take just a few moments for you to connect his sound to that of decades past — but in all fairness, he's lived through it. Now 63 years old, Fields has been pumping out soul, funk and Southern blues since he was a teenager. Thu, 22 May 2014 19:54:47 +0000 editor 56487 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Lee Fields, 'Emma Jean' WCBE Presents Americana Whiskey Wednesdays @ Park Street Patio http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-americana-whiskey-wednesdays-park-street-patio <p><a href="http://www.wcbe.org" target="_blank">WCBE</a> presents <em>Americana Whiskey Wednesdays</em> every week at <a href="http://www.woodlandsproductions.com" target="_blank">Park Street Patio</a>!&nbsp;</p><p>These are FREE events and will take place from 6-9PM!</p><p>Park Street Patio is located at 533 Park St. Columbus, OH&nbsp; 43215</p><p>Artist Schedule:</p><p>5/7&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.holyghosttentrevival.com" target="_blank">Holy Ghost Tent Revival</a></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:38:16 +0000 Maggie Brennan 55564 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Americana Whiskey Wednesdays @ Park Street Patio First Listen: Pacifika, 'Amor Planeta' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-pacifika-amor-planeta The music of Pacifika draws you in almost immediately: The Vancouver trio's musicianship is superb, buoyed by a voice that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. Pacifika's sound has been labeled as world fusion, but that label is more of a restriction than a description. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:59:32 +0000 Felix Contreras 55188 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Pacifika, 'Amor Planeta' First Listen: Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-lykke-li-i-never-learn <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=lykke+li">Lykke Li</a> is a pop star looking to change the pop conversation. The Swedish singer's new third album, <em>I Never Learn</em>, forms the final installment in a conceptual trilogy — and it's extraordinary as both a collection of songs and a tactical re-wiring of her genre's circuit board.<p>Here, as on any Lykke Li record, the presentation of Li's vocals is the first major site of status quo agitation. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:54:03 +0000 editor 55187 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn' First Listen: Nikki Lane, 'All Or Nothin" http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-nikki-lane-all-or-nothin Many young singers are stalked by an ill-fitting, virtually unshakable descriptor, whether it's a limiting and vaguely dismissive adjective ("quirky," for example) or a limiting and vaguely dismissive noun ("songstress," to pick one that should be banished from the language and buried under 10,000 pounds of rock salt). Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:40:13 +0000 Stephen Thompson 55185 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Nikki Lane, 'All Or Nothin"