The World Cafe

Mon - Thu, 8pm - 10pm

Every day, The World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country. Each show features live performances and interviews with celebrated & emerging artists. The Cafe also presents segments on books, movies, TV and plays related to music.

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WCBE is looking forward to the return of Mike Doughty Live From Studio A

Peter Bradley Adams is a folk-pop Americana singer-songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama who now resides in Nashville. 

WCBE is looking forward to the return of The Barr Brothers to play live for us during the Global Village on Thursday, November 13th! 

Damien Rice's creative ambition has always outstripped his personal ambition: The Irish singer-songwriter's 2002 debut O yielded many lavish orchestral flourishes, and even a foray into opera near the end, but Rice himself always seemed a reluctant star. After 2006's 9, he quietly retreated from the public eye and relocated to Iceland, barely popping up publicly since, so the arrival of these eight new songs comes as a welcome and periodically thrilling surprise.

It's rare that a record lays out a mission statement as efficiently as the new supergroup Thompson does in the first 60 seconds of "Family." Here's Teddy Thompson, singing about the perils of being surrounded by his particular relatives:

My father is one of the greats to ever step on a stage

My mother has the most beautiful voice in the world

And I am betwixt and between

Sean Lennon, you know what I mean

First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Nov 10, 2014

Bryan Ferry rolls back the years with Avonmore, an album with eight original songs that recall his classic mid-'70s albums with Roxy Music, as well as two covers that are by themselves worth the price of admission.

Attention Hard Working WCBE members...this one's for you!  It's a FREE event if you've donated to WCBE in the last year!

The Carrboro/Chapel Hill, N.C. based Spider Bags will play a few songs for us during the Global Village! 

Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen will play a few songs for us during the Global Village before his show the next night at Skully's!

He's out on the road in support of his latest full length album Ledges and will be making a stop in Columbus and WCBE!

London's Bear's Den are in the States for a month long headline tour and will making a stop in Columbus! 

Reuben and the Dark is the newest project from Calgary's Reuben Bullock and they'll play a stripped down session for you during the Global Village!

Texas native Israel Nash will be playing a few songs during the Global Village ahead of his show with Sons Of Bill that night at The Basement

The Acoustic Rock, Alternative Folk outfit The Last Bison will play a few songs for us during the Global Village!

Sharon Van Etten will be playing a few songs for us during the Global Village in advance of her show that night at The Wexner Center!

Tune in for to hear Stu Larsen during the Global Village!

First Listen: King Tuff, 'Black Moon Spell'

Sep 16, 2014

Vermont native King Tuff, a.k.a. Kyle Thomas, has been prowling the corners of the D.I.Y. scene for years, both in this solo guise and as a member of several vastly different acts: the freak-folk outfit Feathers, the wunderkind pop band Happy Birthday, the doom-metal burner Witch. But until Black Moon Spell, he hadn't really pushed his persona so far in a single direction. On his third full-length album, Thomas re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager, out for kicks, laughs, and maybe a little mailbox baseball, as opposed to bloodshed and the apocalypse.

A clue about the scruffy aesthetic of Sukierae arrives at the 2:27 mark of "World Away," one of 20 (!) songs on the first family-band album from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Until this point, the tune — a variation on the Bo Diddley beat strummed on acoustic guitar, with Tweedy's sleepy voice distantly implying a blues cadence — has been fairly straightforward.

Leonard Cohen is not a man for manifestos. Peripatetic bohemian, Montreal native, Zen meditator, diaspora Jew: Rock's almost-octogenarian philosopher emeritus inhabits identities that are multiple, contested, and resistant to orthodoxy. He is, however, willing to lay some things on the line. "I'm slowing down the tune, I never liked it fast," he intones over a burlesque blues line in the first track on his 13th studio album, Popular Problems. "You want to get there soon; I want to get there last."

The artist once known at Gene Ween... Aaron Freeman has recently released FREEMAN, the self-titled debut from his new band.

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