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First Listen
4:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

First Listen: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack'

tUnE-yArDs' new album, Nikki Nack, comes out May 6.
Holly Andres Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:13 pm

The creators of pop music are usually able to break down the fundamentals of their craft — that search for the clever rhyme, the killer beat, the singable chorus. They are less articulate, understandably, about the other quest, the one that powers those everyday searches: the pursuit of ecstasy in sound. There's something almost paranormal about that part of the creative process, yet we know those moments, instantly, when we hear them.

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First Listen
5:42 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'

The Afghan Whigs' new album, Do to the Beast, comes out April 15.
Piper Ferguson

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:27 pm

A lover's obsessiveness may charm at first, but it can soon turn frightening. For an artist, the relentless pursuit of one object — a sound, a memory dragged up and reshaped, a fantasy that makes the long hours of work feel intimate — feeds creativity or freezes it. Greg Dulli has been chasing the same seductive nightmare since he was 22, when his band The Afghan Whigs formed. Next year, he'll turn 50. He's spent a long time, in his mind, sitting in a darkened car in front of the same house.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:16 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WCBE Presents Leon Russell @ Park St. Saloon Sun. July 20, 2014!

WCBE Presents Leon Russell @ Park Street Saloon

WCBE proudly presents the return of Leon Russell at Park Street Saloon on Sunday, July 2oth!  TICKETS!

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Music Interview
3:41 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Out Of The Holler: Saintseneca's Driving Punk-Folk

Saintseneca's latest album is called Dark Arc.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 5:59 pm

With a twang and a yodel, Saintseneca's new album, Dark Arc, begins on a foreboding note. "You're drenched in blood, still warm with with wear," frontman Zac Little sings before leading the band into a driving rock chorus.

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First Listen
11:29 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc'

Saintseneca's new album, Dark Arc, comes out April 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:19 pm

Banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, banjo, bass, bouzouki... Saintseneca might pick up any of these instruments at any given moment, and those are just the ones that start with the letter B. The band has its origins and heart in a small Appalachian town in Ohio, as well as a passion for sounds and textures with acoustic instruments at their core. Saintseneca's members eventually settled in Columbus, and they like their acoustic music a bit punkish, with stomping feet as a heartbeat to accompany mind-altering words and music.

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First Listen
11:26 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

Thievery Corporation's new album, Saudade, comes out April 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 2:16 pm

Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo Thievery Corporation defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."

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Music
10:47 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

WCBE Presents Wheeler Brothers, Desert Noises @ The Basement Thurs. April 4, 2014!

WCBE Presents the Wheeler Brothers @ The Basement

The Austin, TX quintet the Wheeler Brothers will return to Columbus on Thursday, April 4th to perform at The Basement

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Music
3:47 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

Dave's Picks Volume 9 features a 1974 Grateful Dead concert played in Montana.
Courtesy of the artist

The same week that Neil Young introduced his Pono music player designed to spark a huge boost in audio fidelity, I listened for the first time to a recording of a Grateful Dead concert I attended almost 40 years ago. And I realized that passions about good-sounding music go through cycles. Today, the lo-fi medium is MP3s through earbuds.

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Music
12:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Wednesday

Damon Albarn performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 9:33 am

  • Listen to All Songs Considered at SXSW - Wednesday

For most of Wednesday, our team in Austin, Texas, had their eyes on the stage at Stubb's BBQ, where we presented our SXSW showcase featuring sets by Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, Eagulls and Perfect Pussy. But near the end of the night, we started hearing news of a terrible accident involving dozens of people outside another venue.

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Music
12:30 am
Mon March 10, 2014

First Listen: The War On Drugs, 'Lost In The Dream'

The War on Drugs' new album, Lost in the Dream, comes out March 18.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:56 am

"Under the Pressure," the nine-minute song that kicks off Lost in the Dream, opens with a few seconds of hair-raising electronic ticking and closes with two and a half minutes of full-band, synchronized, undulating feedback. In between, The War on Drugs shows many of the cards in its stacked deck: chugging drums, horn stabs, guitar runs that fly off into the atmosphere, keyboards with a strong melodic gravitational field pulling weight for singer Adam Granduciel's wandering mystic tenor.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
2:57 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

WCBE Presents Steep Canyon Rangers @ Woodland's Tavern Sun. March 9th, 2014!

WCBE Presents Steep Canyon Rangers @ Woodland's Tavern

WCBE proudly presents Bluegrass outfit the Steep Canyon Rangers at Woodland's Tavern on Sunday, March 9th!  Door are at 6:30PM and local group

Strung Up will kick things off soon after that!  See you there!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

9th Annual Townes Van Zandt tribute night - a benefit for WCBE! Fri. March 7th @ Dick's Den!

Townes Van Zandt Tribute and Benefit for WCBE!
Credit Courtney Riley

Please join us for The Ninth Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute & Benefit For WCBE!

We celebrate the life and music of Townes Van Zandt on the day of his birth, March 7th.

So many talented local songwriters and musicians will grace the stage at Dick's Den to pay tribute. The money will be recycled back into our community by benefiting your favorite Public Radio station, 90.5 - WCBE

Always a blast. Bring yer Flyin' Shoes.

Hosted by the awesome Eric Nassau!

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Music
9:06 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Beck's Long Balancing Act

Beck's new album, his first since 2008, is called Morning Phase.
Peter Hapak Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:17 am

Beck was recording his latest album when he encountered an unexpected hazard in the studio.

"I got bit by a black widow in the middle of this recording session," he says laughing. "I was in the hospital, and my arm was all swollen up."

That was only one of the indignities Beck suffered on the way to Morning Phase.

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Music Reviews
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Here's our critic, Tom Moon.

TOM MOON, BYLINE: If nothing else, Temples has impeccable timing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHELTER SONG")

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:17 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

WCBE Presents Rebelution @ The Newport Thurs. Feb. 6, 2014!

WCBE Presents Rebelution

The Santa Barbara based reggae/rock/world music outfit Rebelution will be returning to Columbus on Thursday February 6th to play The Newport Music Hall! 

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Music
5:57 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

WCBE Presents Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Sam Bush @ The LC - Fri. Feb. 14, 1014!

WCBE Presents Yonder Mountain String Band
Credit Dorothy St. Claire Photography

Yonder Mountain String Band will return to Columbus and The LC Pavilion on Fri. Feb. 14, 2014. 

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Music
6:40 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

WCBE Presents Phosphorescent @ The A&R Music Bar Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014!

WCBE Presents Phosphorescent

WCBE proudly presents the return of Phosphorescent to The A&R Music Bar on Thursday, January 30th! 

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Music
8:49 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

WCBE Presents Keller Williams @ The Newport Sat. Jan. 25, 2014!

Keller Williams at The Newport Jan. 25, 2014

WCBE proudly presents Keller Williams on his "What The Funk" tour with the funky group More Than A Little. 

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Music
6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

First Listen: Damien Jurado, 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son'

Damien Jurado's new album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, comes out Jan. 21.
Steve Gullick Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 2:43 pm

It's a testament to singer-songwriter Damien Jurado's versatility that he's made nearly a dozen albums of largely inward-looking folk and rock music, and yet has never made two records that sound the same.

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Music
5:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

First Listen: Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want'

Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones' new album with The Dap-Kings, comes out Jan. 14.
Paul McGeiver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:33 am

For veteran soul singer Sharon Jones, 2013 was a year of frustration, fear and false starts: She'd just announced the summer release of her fifth album, Give the People What They Want, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her career on hold. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Anyone who's seen Jones live knows how much she pours into performing, so fans appeared to be in for a long wait.

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