The World Cafe

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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 proudly presents the return of two of Columbus' finest local acts for a hometown show on Saturday, April 4th at The Columbus Athenaeum

There are four official members of Houndmouth: guitarist Matt Myers, keyboardist Katie Toupin, drummer Shane Cody and bassist Zak Appleby, all of whom also pitch in with the singing and songwriting. But far more people than that contribute to their second album, Little Neon Limelight. Only artful alt-roots producer Dave Cobb, recording engineer Vance Powell and mastering engineer Pete Lyman pop up in the credits, though.

It'd be inexact to describe Matthew E. White as a reluctant frontman, but up until the advent of Fresh Blood, his excellent second album, "rock star" wasn't exactly how he saw his future in music. His plan was more quixotic than becoming a successful singer-songwriter: He was starting a label, called Spacebomb Records, in the manner of Motown or Stax or Studio One, with a band and production team in-house. (Literally — his drummer is his roommate and their attic is Spacebomb Studios.)

Working as a music journalist means that some days you get to tell people, in breathless prose, about an incredible new record you've discovered. On other days, you have to tell people that an artist you've followed and respected for years is no longer living. That part is never any fun. Listening to the hushed, elegantly spare Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, I found myself transported back to the period right after Smith died, of apparently self-inflicted stab wounds, in 2003.

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield will play a few songs during the Global Village in advance of their show that night at The Southern Theatre presented by WCBE!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!


Chad Stokes of State Radio & Dispatch embarked on his first solo outing under the moniker Chadwick Stokes with the solo project, titled Simmerkane II.

In his rockabilly history Go Cat Go!, ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison describes the typical cradle of rock 'n' roll: a community hall reconfigured to serve as a nightclub for a night. "There might be Christmas lights strung across the back of the stage, tables and chairs around the perimeter of the room, food available for purchase, and maybe booze," Morrison writes. A jittery, ambitious band plays as loudly as possible, in order to be heard over the din of all the flirting, fighting and dancing.

He asks a lot of questions, this José González.

He opened his last album, 2013's band project Junip, with a thought experiment Nietzsche could love: "What would you do if it all came back to you?" The song, "Line Of Fire," dwells in a mood of idle 3 a.m. musing; González tosses out existential/metaphysical conundrums like he's feeding bread to ducks — casually, without worrying much about concrete answers.

Cleveland OH native Joshua Radin will drop by to play a few songs during the Global Village!

WCBE proudly presents Charlie Mars on Saturday, February 7th at Woodland's Tavern

The Madison, WI. group PHOX will be playing a few songs during the Global Village

Having just performed on David Letterman... Detroit's Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas are making quite the name for themselves with their debut full length CD Secret Evil!  We're looking forward to their live session here at WCBE in advance of the show that night at The Basement with Van Dale and Dean Tartaglia. 

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!