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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 Tue June 23, 2015 3:06 pm

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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6:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, comes out Nov. 17.
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Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:33 am

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.

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12:51 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

The First Waltz FREE Rockumentary Screening For WCBE MEMBERS Mon.Nov. 17th @ Studio 35!

The First Waltz - The Hard Working Americans

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!

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3:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

WCBE Presents Drive-By Truckers, Houndmouth @ The Newport Thurs. Oct. 23, 2014!

Drive-By Truckers

WCBE proudly presents the Drive-By Truckers and Houndmouth at The Newport Music Hall on October 23rd!

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6:04 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

First Listen: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, 'Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn'

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn's new self-titled album comes out Oct. 7.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 9:28 am

This is not Dueling Banjos: The Married Couple Edition. You won't find the careening energy of the mano-a-mano from the Deliverance soundtrack, or of the Flatt and Scruggs classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Outbreaks of dazzling, speed-demon technique are few.

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12:31 am
Tue September 16, 2014

First Listen: King Tuff, 'Black Moon Spell'

King Tuff's new album, Black Moon Spell, comes out Sept. 23.
Dan Monick Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:38 am

Vermont native King Tuff, a.k.a. Kyle Thomas, has been prowling the corners of the D.I.Y. scene for years, both in this solo guise and as a member of several vastly different acts: the freak-folk outfit Feathers, the wunderkind pop band Happy Birthday, the doom-metal burner Witch. But until Black Moon Spell, he hadn't really pushed his persona so far in a single direction. On his third full-length album, Thomas re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager, out for kicks, laughs, and maybe a little mailbox baseball, as opposed to bloodshed and the apocalypse.

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12:26 am
Tue September 16, 2014

First Listen: Tweedy, 'Sukierae'

Tweedy's new album, Sukierae, comes out Sept. 23.
Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:39 am

A clue about the scruffy aesthetic of Sukierae arrives at the 2:27 mark of "World Away," one of 20 (!) songs on the first family-band album from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Until this point, the tune — a variation on the Bo Diddley beat strummed on acoustic guitar, with Tweedy's sleepy voice distantly implying a blues cadence — has been fairly straightforward.

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12:23 am
Tue September 16, 2014

First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Popular Problems'

Leonard Cohen's new album, Popular Problems, comes out Sept. 23.
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Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:41 am

Leonard Cohen is not a man for manifestos. Peripatetic bohemian, Montreal native, Zen meditator, diaspora Jew: Rock's almost-octogenarian philosopher emeritus inhabits identities that are multiple, contested, and resistant to orthodoxy. He is, however, willing to lay some things on the line. "I'm slowing down the tune, I never liked it fast," he intones over a burlesque blues line in the first track on his 13th studio album, Popular Problems. "You want to get there soon; I want to get there last."

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4:59 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

FemmeFest Aug. 29-31, 2014

FemmeFest!

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6:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lydia Loveless On World Cafe

Lydia Loveless.
Patrick Crawford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 9:31 am

Lydia Loveless released her third album, Somewhere Else, early this year. The 23-year-old released her first album when she was 19, though it was filled with songs she'd written early in her teenage years. By any measure, that's a lot of music in a short amount of time.

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5:34 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

WCBE Presents Nickel Creek with The Secret Sisters Sat. July 19th @ The LC!

WCBE Presents Nickel Creek and The Secret Sisters @ The LC!

WCBE proudly presents Nickel Creek with The Secret Sisters on Saturday, July 19th @ The LC!  

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5:35 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

First Listen: Phox, 'Phox'

Phox's self-titled debut comes out June 24.
Jade Ehlers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:28 am

The word "charisma" is often used to imply a certain kind of attention-grabbing showiness, or even neediness. But it can also suggest subtle ease; a simple gravitational pull that draws people in by making them feel comfortable and at home.

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5:14 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Phish's new album, Fuego, comes out June 24.
Peter Yang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:29 am

Whether you know its work or just its reputation, you've probably already made up your mind about Phish. Maybe you love the band and its music, maybe you can't stand them, or maybe you liked them and have since moved on to other things. Phish is one of the most dynamic and celebrated live acts in all of music, with a loyal community any artist would envy, but it's also divisive. This is a band that inspires passion with its multipart compositions, meandering improvisations, playful (often nonsensical) lyrics and unwavering positivity.

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5:51 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

First Listen: The Antlers, 'Familiars'

The Antlers' new album, Familiars, comes out June 17.
Marc Lemoine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

The 2009 album Hospice sparked a major breakthrough for The Antlers, but it's not the sort of success a band would want to duplicate, even if it could. As the title suggests, Hospice was built around a dark unifying theme — an examination of the events surrounding the slow death of singer Peter Silberman's friend — so the record comes by its desolate, life-and-death intensity honestly.

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5:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers'

Willie Nelson's new album, Band of Brothers, comes out June 17.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:33 pm

When Willie Nelson was a young hustler selling songs to Patsy Cline's people, he probably never thought he'd become the crowd-anointed sage of country music. But that's what happened as the Redheaded Stranger went gray, turned smoking weed into a brand and a virtue, and produced a discography that added up to its own American Songbook.

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3:54 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot'

Meridian Brothers' new album, Salvadora Robot, comes out June 16.
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Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

It takes just two words to sum up Salvadora Robot, the new album by the Colombian band Meridian Brothers: "happy weirdness."

Last year's release of the anthology Devocion: (Works 2005-2011) introduced the quirky group to audiences beyond avant-garde circles in Bogota, and Salvadora Robot reiterates that these free thinkers don't merely throw out tradition. They make it sound, well, weird.

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3:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour'

Sam Smith's new album, In the Lonely Hour, comes out June 17.
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Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 9:29 am

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith isn't shy. With a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth, he doesn't feel the need to hide — not by stifling his vocal abilities and not by ducking beneath distracting, colorful production. But on his full-length debut, In the Lonely Hour, he proves that he can play that game when he feels like it.

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4:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

Bob Mould's latest album is Beauty & Ruin.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 3:26 pm

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6:47 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: Mary Gauthier, 'Trouble & Love'

Mary Gauthier's new album, Trouble & Love, comes out June 10.
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Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

The breakup songs that offer instant gratification, to songwriter and listener alike, are often the ones that either strike while the anger is hot or skip right to the part where a busted old love is replaced by a new one. Those are the fast-paced action scenes of romantic dissolution. Who would want to dwell on the quietly agonizing, drawn-out times between; the times when a person can feel like a broken record of heartache?

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6:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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