Music News & Reviews http://wcbe.org en First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-afghan-whigs-do-beast A lover's obsessiveness may charm at first, but it can soon turn frightening. For an artist, the relentless pursuit of one object — a sound, a memory dragged up and reshaped, a fantasy that makes the long hours of work feel intimate — feeds creativity or freezes it. Greg Dulli has been chasing the same seductive nightmare since he was 22, when his band <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/11/02/164173529/afghan-whigs-on-world-cafe">The Afghan Whigs</a> formed. Next year, he'll turn 50. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:42:46 +0000 Ann Powers 54314 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast' WCBE Presents Leon Russell @ Park St. Saloon Sun. July 20, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-leon-russell-park-st-saloon-sun-july-20-2014 <p>WCBE proudly presents the return of <a href="http://www.leonrussellrecords.com" target="_blank">Leon Russell </a>at <a href="http://www.woodlandsproductions.com" target="_blank">Park Street Saloon</a> on Sunday, July 2oth!&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=4096314&amp;pl=wood" target="_blank">TICKETS!</a></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:16:53 +0000 Maggie Brennan 53851 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Leon Russell @ Park St. Saloon Sun. July 20, 2014! Out Of The Holler: Saintseneca's Driving Punk-Folk http://wcbe.org/post/out-holler-saintsenecas-driving-punk-folk With a twang and a yodel, Saintseneca's new album, <em>Dark Arc</em>, begins on a foreboding note. "You're drenched in blood, still warm with with wear," frontman Zac Little sings before leading the band into a driving rock chorus.<p>It's a good distillation of the band's origins: Little was reared on Appalachian folk and its unique instrumentation, but fell into a more punk-minded crowd when he moved from rural southeast Ohio to the state's capital, Columbus. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:41:46 +0000 NPR Staff 53649 at http://wcbe.org Out Of The Holler: Saintseneca's Driving Punk-Folk First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-saintseneca-dark-arc Banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, banjo, bass, bouzouki... Saintseneca might pick up any of these instruments at any given moment, and those are just the ones that start with the letter B. The band has its origins and heart in a small Appalachian town in Ohio, as well as a passion for sounds and textures with acoustic instruments at their core. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:29:59 +0000 Bob Boilen 53601 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc' First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-thievery-corporation-saudade Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15170703/thievery-corporation">Thievery Corporation</a> defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."<p>Though countless songs have "saudade" in the title, the condition of saudade isn't usually conveyed through words. It's evoked. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:26:43 +0000 Tom Moon 53600 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' WCBE Presents Wheeler Brothers, Desert Noises @ The Basement Thurs. April 4, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-wheeler-brothers-desert-noises-basement-thurs-april-4-2014 <p>The Austin, TX quintet the <a href="http://www.wheelerbrothersmusic.com" target="_blank">Wheeler Brothers</a> will return to Columbus on Thursday, April 4th&nbsp;to perform at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.promowestlive.com" target="_blank">The Basement</a>!&nbsp; Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:47:08 +0000 Maggie Brennan 53599 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Wheeler Brothers, Desert Noises @ The Basement Thurs. April 4, 2014! Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat http://wcbe.org/post/fight-sound-sound-grateful-deads-arena-combat The same week that <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15050998/neil-young">Neil Young</a> introduced his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw">Pono music player</a> designed to spark a huge boost in audio fidelity, I listened for the first time to a recording of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15440218/grateful-dead">Grateful Dead</a> concert I attended almost 40 years ago. And I realized that passions about good-sounding music go through cycles. Today, the lo-fi medium is MP3s through earbuds. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Milo Miles 53569 at http://wcbe.org Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Wednesday http://wcbe.org/post/npr-music-sxsw-2014-wednesday For most of Wednesday, our team in Austin, Texas, had their eyes on the stage at Stubb's BBQ, where we presented our SXSW showcase featuring sets by Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy. But near the end of the night, we started hearing news of a terrible accident involving dozens of people outside another venue.<p>At about 12:30 a.m., two people were killed and 23 others injured after a suspected drunken driver, now in police custody, drove a car through barricades on Red River Street and struck pedestrians near The Mohawk. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:02:56 +0000 editor 52610 at http://wcbe.org NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Wednesday First Listen: The War On Drugs, 'Lost In The Dream' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-war-drugs-lost-dream "Under the Pressure," the nine-minute song that kicks off <em> Lost in the Dream,</em> opens with a few seconds of hair-raising electronic ticking and closes with two and a half minutes of full-band, synchronized, undulating feedback. In between, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91730305/the-war-on-drugs">The War on Drugs</a> shows many of the cards in its stacked deck: chugging drums, horn stabs, guitar runs that fly off into the atmosphere, keyboards with a strong melodic gravitational field pulling weight for singer Adam Granduciel's wandering mystic tenor. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:30:55 +0000 editor 52360 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: The War On Drugs, 'Lost In The Dream' WCBE Presents Steep Canyon Rangers @ Woodland's Tavern Sun. March 9th, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-steep-canyon-rangers-woodlands-tavern-sun-march-9th-2014 <p>WCBE proudly presents Bluegrass outfit the <a href="http://www.steepcanyon.com" target="_blank">Steep Canyon Rangers </a>at <a href="http://www.woodlandstavern.com" target="_top">Woodland's Tavern</a> on Sunday, March 9th!&nbsp; Door are at 6:30PM and local group</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/strung.up.9?fref=ts" target="_blank">Strung Up</a> will kick things off soon after that!&nbsp; See you there!</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:57:04 +0000 Maggie Brennan 52352 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Steep Canyon Rangers @ Woodland's Tavern Sun. March 9th, 2014! 9th Annual Townes Van Zandt tribute night - a benefit for WCBE! Fri. March 7th @ Dick's Den! http://wcbe.org/post/9th-annual-townes-van-zandt-tribute-night-benefit-wcbe-fri-march-7th-dicks-den <p><span itemprop="description"><span class="fsl">Please join us for The Ninth Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute &amp; Benefit For WCBE!<br /><br />We celebrate the life and music of Townes Van Zandt on the day of his birth, March 7th.<br /><br /><span class="text_exposed_show">So many talented local songwriters and musicians will grace the stage at Dick's Den to pay tribute. The money will be recycled back into our community by benefiting your favorite Public Radio station, 90.5 - WCBE<br /><br />Always a blast. Bring yer Flyin' Shoes.<br /><br />Hosted by the awesome Eric Nassau!<br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:22:19 +0000 Maggie Brennan 51774 at http://wcbe.org 9th Annual Townes Van Zandt tribute night - a benefit for WCBE! Fri. March 7th @ Dick's Den! Beck's Long Balancing Act http://wcbe.org/post/becks-long-balancing-act <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a> was recording his latest album when he encountered an unexpected hazard in the studio.<p>"I got bit by a black widow in the middle of this recording session," he says laughing. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:06:47 +0000 NPR Staff 51731 at http://wcbe.org Beck's Long Balancing Act Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://wcbe.org/post/album-review-sun-structures-temples Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 51031 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Rebelution @ The Newport Thurs. Feb. 6, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-rebelution-newport-thurs-feb-6-2014 <blockquote><p></p><p></p><p>The Santa Barbara based reggae/rock/world music outfit <a href="http://www.rebelutionmusic.com" target="_blank">Rebelution</a> will be returning to Columbus on Thursday February 6th to play The Newport Music Hall!&nbsp; Sat, 01 Feb 2014 23:17:29 +0000 Maggie Brennan 50456 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Rebelution @ The Newport Thurs. Feb. 6, 2014! WCBE Presents Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Sam Bush @ The LC - Fri. Feb. 14, 1014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-yonder-mountain-string-band-w-sam-bush-lc-fri-feb-14-1014 <p><a href="http://www.yondermountain.com" target="_blank"><font color="#0c4ca2">Yonder Mountain String Band</font></a><a href="http://www.yondermountain.com" target="_blank"> </a>will return to Columbus and <a href="http://www.promowestlive.com" target="_blank"><font color="#0c4ca2">The LC Pavilion</font></a> on Fri. Feb. 14, 2014.&nbsp; Sat, 01 Feb 2014 22:57:15 +0000 Maggie Brennan 50451 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Sam Bush @ The LC - Fri. Feb. 14, 1014! WCBE Presents Phosphorescent @ The A&R Music Bar Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-phosphorescent-ar-music-bar-thurs-jan-30-2014 <p>WCBE proudly presents the return of <a href="http://www.phosphorescentmusic.com" target="_blank">Phosphorescent</a> to <a href="http://www.promowestlive.com" target="_blank">The A&amp;R Music Bar</a> on Thursday, January 30th!&nbsp; Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:40:29 +0000 Maggie Brennan 50271 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Phosphorescent @ The A&R Music Bar Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014! WCBE Presents Keller Williams @ The Newport Sat. Jan. 25, 2014! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-keller-williams-newport-sat-jan-25-2014 <p>WCBE proudly presents <a href="http://www.kellerwilliams.net" target="_blank">Keller Williams</a> on his <em>"What The Funk" </em>tour with the funky group More Than A Little.&nbsp; Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:49:24 +0000 Maggie Brennan 49764 at http://wcbe.org WCBE Presents Keller Williams @ The Newport Sat. Jan. 25, 2014! First Listen: Damien Jurado, 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-damien-jurado-brothers-and-sisters-eternal-son It's a testament to singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=damien+jurado">Damien Jurado</a>'s versatility that he's made nearly a dozen albums of largely inward-looking folk and rock music, and yet has never made two records that sound the same. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:25:02 +0000 Stephen Thompson 49212 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Damien Jurado, 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son' First Listen: Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-sharon-jones-and-dap-kings-give-people-what-they-want For veteran soul singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15325312/sharon-jones">Sharon Jones</a>, 2013 was a year of frustration, fear and false starts: She'd just announced the summer release of her fifth album, <em>Give the People What They Want</em>, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her career on hold. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:52:51 +0000 Stephen Thompson 49205 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want' First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread' http://wcbe.org/post/first-listen-rosanne-cash-river-thread It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15009017/rosanne-cash">Rosanne Cash</a>'s new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's <em>The List</em>, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15165794/johnny-cash">Johnny</a>'s 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:50:28 +0000 editor 49204 at http://wcbe.org First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'