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You either get The Grateful Dead or you don't, to the point where it's virtually impossible to explain. So why bother?

Anyone who caught the national television debut of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats on The Tonight Show recently witnessed something special: the arrival of a force of nature. The song was titled "S.O.B." Rateliff, backed by his gritty band — which comes complete with an organist and a horn section — veered from whispery pleas to ecclesiastical howls.

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Pavement's minor MTV hit, "Cut Your Hair," came out in 1994, and the song's offbeat, ramshackle charm introduced the cult indie band to a broader audience. It also marked the end of an era. Pavement had been releasing records for five years at that point, most of them shaggier and noisier than the weirdly winning "Hair." Yet despite the absurdity and abrasiveness at its heart, the band had been swept into the alt-rock mania of the mid-'90s. The Secret History, Vol.

WCBE proudly presents First Aid Kit at The Newport Music Hall On Tuesday, July 21st!  The Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg are now touring in the U.S. in support of their critically acclaimed release Stay Gold and will be making a stop in Columbus!  Doors are at 7PM and Andy Shauf supports!

Tune in during the weekday music programs 9:15AM-3PM for more chances to win tickets to the show! 

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at!

SweetWater's Heady Peddlers - Ohio Summertime Concert series presented by WCBE  will run every Wednesday July 15th - Aug. 26th!

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

It took Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell nearly four decades to get around to making their first duets album, Old Yellow Moon, and just two years to follow it with The Traveling Kind. Their collaborative debut may have swept two of the biggest awards in their genre — a Best Americana Album Grammy and Album Of The Year at the Americana Awards — but there were more powerful incentives for them to team up again.

WCBE proudly presents the return of Southern Culture On The Skids to the Rumba Cafe on Sunday, May 3rd!  The D-Rays will open up at 7PM! 

The raucous trio out of Chapel Hill, N.C., consists of Rick Miller, Dave Hartman and Mary Huff  who have been putting out their rock n' roll sounds since 1983 with their latest dance mix 12" from SCOTS and the B-52's Fred Schneider, "Party At My Trouse",  which came out Feb 10, 2015!

WCBE proudly presents Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen as he returns to the Rumba Cafe for a show on Friday, May 1st! 

He's out on the road in support of his debut full length release Vagabond and will be joined by Natsuki Kurai and Matt Sander in Columbus!

Be sure to listen to the weekday music programs 9:15AM-3PM for chance to win tickets to the event!

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WCBE proudly presents the return of Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to Columbus on Saturday, April 25th at The A&R Music Bar

WCBE proudly presents Ryan Montbleau along with his band on Sunday, April 26th at Woodland's Tavern

WCBE proudly presents Robben Ford at the Park Street Saloon with Colin John on Friday, April 17th!

The five time Grammy nominee and guitar virtuoso's tour for his brand new release Into The Sun is currently underway and we're looking forward to a night of great blues, jazz and rock in Columbus!

SRO tickets available HERE!

WCBE proudly presents Gangstagrass on Thursday, April 16th at the Rumba Cafe with local musician Stephanie Jeffreys to kick things off at 8PM!

WCBE proudly presents the return of the experimental country/folk group Blitzen Trapper

WCBE proudly presents the return of River City Extension to Columbus!

The Toms River, NJ group are touring in support of their brand new release "Deliverance"... the long awaited follow up to 2012's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger". 

They'll perform Sunday, April 12th at The Basement with Cold Fronts and Emily & The Complexes!

WCBE proudly presents the Americana group The Vespers at the Rumba Cafe on Sunday, April 12th at 7PM!

The Nashville, TN group are out on the road with their third studio release "Sisters And Brothers" and will be making a return to Columbus!

WCBE proudly presents the return of Martin Sexton to The Newport on Thursday, April 9th!