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4:27 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

WCBE Presents Red Wanting Blue & Lydia Loveless @ Columbus Athenaeum Sat. April 4, 2015!

Red Wanting Blue with Lydia Loveless

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

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First Listen
2:29 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Review: Houndmouth, 'Little Neon Limelight'

Houndmouth's new album, Little Neon Limelight, comes out March 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:41 am

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.

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First Listen
1:41 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Review: Matthew E. White, 'Fresh Blood'

Matthew E. White's new album, Fresh Blood, comes out March 10.
Shawn Brackbill Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:39 am

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.)

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First Listen
12:43 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Review: 'Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith'

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith comes out March 17.
Crackerfarm Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:42 am

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.

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Music
5:58 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

First Listen: The Mavericks, 'Mono'

The Mavericks' new album, Mono, comes out Feb. 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 11:31 am

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.

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Music
5:51 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

First Listen: José González, 'Vestiges & Claws'

José González's new album, Vestiges & Claws, comes out Feb. 17.
Malin Johansson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 9:42 am

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.

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Music
10:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

First Listen: JD McPherson, 'Let The Good Times Roll'

JD McPherson's new album, Let The Good Times Roll, comes out Feb. 10.
Jim Herrington Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 2:18 pm

Two stretched concepts made the rock 'n' roll coming out of Sun Studios in the 1950s unlike other music of its kind: time and space. In a shabby little room near downtown Memphis, Sam Phillips gave the men and kids he recorded all the room in the world. "Spontaneity" was Phillips' mantra, which was particularly potent for the youngest Sun cats.

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Music
10:29 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

First Listen: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Tomorrow Is My Turn'

Rhiannon Giddens' new album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, comes out Feb. 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 9:41 am

What does it take for a work of art to become an intervention? In music, any reinterpretation alters the original, if only because different fingerprints touch it. But certain lineages — folk music, for example — are built on the bones of those retellings. Whoever owns a song for a period of time connects it to her lived experience and the world in which she lives, and it changes. It might also change the world, or a small part of it.

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Music
6:08 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Firebase Rock- An Evening of Music to Benefit Disabled Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Sat. Feb. 7th!

VETMotorsports Benefit

WCBE is proud to be a sponsor of Firebase-Rock: An Evening Of Music To Benefit Afghanistan And Iraq Veterans on Saturday, February 7th at King Ave. 5!

Please join us along with Columbus Love, Four String Brewing Company for an evening of great music and fundraising with proceeds going to VETMotorsports!

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WCBE Exclusive
12:02 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

WCBE Presents Charlie Mars @ Woodland's Tavern Sat. Feb. 7, 2015!

WCBE Presents Charlie Mars!

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

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Music
11:52 am
Thu January 29, 2015

WCBE Presents SweetWater Winter Wednesdays @ Woodland's Tavern!

WCBE Presents SweetWater Winter Wednesdays @ Woodland's Tavern!

Please join us for Winter Wednesdays at Woodland's Tavern with FREE shows 6:30-8:30 from some great acts!

February 4th - Big Leg Emma

February 11th - Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

February 18th - Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle

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Music
1:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, 'Somebody That I Used To Know'

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Crackerfarm

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:58 am

The songs of Elliott Smith are widely revered — especially by those who came of age in the '90s — but a new generation of listeners is only beginning to discover him. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith is likely to expose new fans to the great singer-songwriter. Smith released five albums in his lifetime and died in 2003 from two stab wounds to the chest; he'd left a suicide note. His songs, which often dealt with depression and desperation, were beautiful and frequently quiet.

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Music
4:44 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

WCBE Presents SweetWater Winter Wednesdays @ Woodland's Tavern!

Winter Wednesdays

Please join us for Winter Wednesdays at Woodland's Tavern with FREE shows 6:30-8:30 from some great acts!

January 7th - Bummers

January 14th - Electric Orange Peel

January 21st - Michaela Anne

January 28th - Dangermuffin

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Music
4:35 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

WCBE Presents Patrick Sweany w/ Buffalo Killers Fri. Dec. 12, 2014 @ Skully's!

Patrick Sweany will perform with Buffalo Killers Fri. Dec. 12th @ Skully's!

WCBE proudly presents roots/soul/blues rocker Patrick Sweany at Skully's on Friday, December 12th! Cincinnati's Buffalo Killers will support! 

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Music
12:02 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

WCBE Presents Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. w/ Soul Rebels Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 @ The Newport!

Trombone Shorty will perform @ The Newport Sat. Dec. 13 @ The Newport!

WCBE proudly presents Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Ave. on Saturday, December 13th at The Newport Music Hall

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Music
3:32 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

WCBE Presents Gov't Mule with John Scofield @ The LC March 1, 2015!

WCBE Presents Gov't Mule @ The LC with John Scofield March 1, 2015!

WCBE proudly presents the return of southern rockers Gov't Mule to The LC Pavilion with special guest John Scofield, the Ohio born jazz-rock guitarist and composer.

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Music
6:34 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

First Listen: Damien Rice, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

Damien Rice's new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, comes out Nov. 11.
Lilja Birgisdottir Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 8:59 pm

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.

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Music
6:28 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

First Listen: Thompson, 'Family'

Thompson is, among others, folk musicians Richard and Linda Thompson and their son Teddy. Thompson's new album, Family, comes out Nov. 18.
Linda Thompson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:36 am

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

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Music
6:16 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

First Listen: Mr. Gnome, 'The Heart Of A Dark Star'

Mr. Gnome's new album, The Heart Of A Dark Star, comes out Nov. 18.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:34 am

For a record about journeying deep inside the darkest recesses of the mind, there's nothing introverted about the Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome's new album, The Heart Of A Dark Star. Named for an evocative phrase in a Neil Gaiman book, The Heart Of A Dark Star is a bold and blustery hurricane of guitars, organs and voices, all swirling around in the night air.

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