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5:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

WCBE Presents Southern Culture On The Skids, The D-Rays @ Rumba Cafe Sun. May 3rd, 2015!

Southern Culture On The Skids

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!

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12:05 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

WCBE Presents Stu Larsen @ The Rumba Cafe Fri. May 1, 2015!

Stu Larsen

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!

It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on linet at www.wcbe.org/listen!

Music
5:45 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

WCBE Presents Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers @ The A&R Music Bar Sat. April 25, 2015!

Nicki Bluhm

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

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Music
10:50 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

WCBE Presents Ryan Montbleau Band @ Woodland's Tavern Sun. April 26th!

Ryan Montbleau

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

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Music
8:22 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

WCBE Presents Robben Ford w/ Colin John @ Park St. Saloon Fri. April 17th!

Robben Ford

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!

Music
5:54 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

WCBE Presents Gangstagrass at the Rumba Cafe Thurs. April 16, 2015 @

Gangstagrass

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

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Music
5:54 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

WCBE Presents Blitzen Trapper @ A&R Music Bar Wed. April 15, 2015!

Blitzen Trapper

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

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Music
12:20 am
Sat April 11, 2015

WCBE Presents River City Extension @ The Basement Sun. April 12, 2015!

River City Extension

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!

www.rivercityextension.com

www.promowestlive.com

Music
12:01 am
Sat April 11, 2015

WCBE Presents The Vespers @ Rumba Cafe Sun. April 12, 2015!

The Vespers

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!

www.thevespersband.com

www.columbusrumbacafe.com

Music
4:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

WCBE Presents Martin Sexton with Jared Mahone @ The Newport Thurs. April 9, 2015!

Martin Sexton

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

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Music
1:45 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

WCBE Presents Jim Lauderdale Wed. April 8th @ Woodland's Tavern!

Jim Lauderdale
Michael Weintrob

WCBE proudly presents Jim Lauderdale with local musician Erica Blinn for a special performance at Woodland's Tavern on Wednesday April 8th... doors are at 8PM and show time is at 9PM! 

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Music
1:22 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

WCBE Presents The Last Bison w/ Neulore Mon. April 6th @ The Rumba Cafe!

The Last Bison

WCBE proudly presents Chesapeake VA's acoustic rock/alt folk outfit The Last Bison along with Nashville's modern folk band Neulore at The Rumba Cafe on Monday April 6th at 8PM! 

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Music
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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