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10:06 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

WCBE Presents The Steeldrivers @ Woodland's Backyard Sat. Oct. 12, 2013!

The Steeldrivers will perform at Woodland's Backyard!

The Grammy nominated Bluegrass outfit The Steeldrivers will perform on Saturday, October 12th at Woodland's Backyard

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Music
9:55 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

WCBE Presents Willy Mason @ The Basement Fri. Oct. 11, 2013!

Willy Mason will perform at The Basement Fri. Oct. 11th!

Singer songwriter Willy Mason is out on the road in support of his first album in five years...Carry On!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
3:49 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

WCBE Presents Pete Anderson @ Woodland's Tavern Oct. 13, 2013!

WCBE Presents Pete Anderson

WCBE proudly presents Pete Anderson at Woodland's Tavern on Sunday, October 13th! 

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Music
10:47 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

WCBE Presents Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion @ Woodland's Tavern Oct. 3rd, 2013!

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

WCBE

proudly presents the Folk/Americana husband and wife team of Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at Woodland's Tavern!

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Music
10:14 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

WCBE Presents Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors @ The Basement Oct. 2, 2013!

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

WCBE

proudly presents Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors at The Basement on Wednesday, October 2nd! 

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First Listen
7:04 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Beautiful Africa'

Rokia Traoré's new album, Beautiful Africa, comes out in the U.S. on Sept. 24.
Mathieu Zazzo Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 9:41 am

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traoré has always been a sophisticate. She grew up as the daughter of a diplomat who was posted in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her most recent stage project was Desdemona, a critically acclaimed theater piece riffing on Shakespeare's Othello, done in collaboration with novelist Toni Morrison and renowned theater director Peter Sellars and mounted at London's Barbican, in Vienna and at Lincoln Center.

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First Listen
7:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First Listen: Mazzy Star, 'Seasons Of Your Day'

Mazzy Star's new album, Seasons of Your Day, comes out Sept. 24.
Ellen Ane Eggen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:33 am

Mazzy Star came out of the Los Angeles neo-psychedelic indie-rock scene of the '80s — a spin-off the band Opal, which dissolved after lead singer Kendra Smith bailed.

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Music
1:10 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

WCBE Presents Melvin Seals & JGB @ Woodland's Tavern Sept. 26, 2013!

WCBE Presents Melvin Seals & JGB
Vernon Webb Photography

Probably best know as a longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band, Melvin Seals & JGB will return to Columbus for a show at Woodland's Tavern! 

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Music
12:32 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

WCBE Presents Billy Joe Shaver @ Woodland's Backyard Sept. 26, 2013!

WCBE Presents Billy Joe Shaver

WCBE proudly presents the legendary Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver at Woodland's Backyard

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Music
3:59 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Liquid Spirit'

Gregory Porter's new album, Liquid Spirit, comes out Sept. 17.
Shawn Peters Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:16 pm

There's an element of Gregory Porter's singing that feels like a welcome throwback, though he doesn't spell it out precisely. It's in the way he leans heavily into and erupts "Hey!" without fear of coming up short. It's in his coat-and-tie handling of an audience, well-mannered but without quaint mannerisms. It's in one of his better-known songs, where he asks "1960 what? 1960 who?" without a distinct answer — just a suggestion of the decade's historic events, alert black community and cathartic swing.

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Music
10:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

First Listen: Sebadoh, 'Defend Yourself'

Sebadoh's new album, Defend Yourself, comes out Sept. 17.
Bryan Zimmerman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:59 am

Lou Barlow has been reuniting with old bandmates left and right in the last decade or so, even as his personal life has broken apart. In 2005, the rock veteran rejoined Dinosaur Jr., having long since moved past the acrimony surrounding his departure, and he's now back with Sebadoh for the first time since the turn of the century.

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Music
10:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

First Listen: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

Elvis Costello and The Roots' new album, Wise Up Ghost, comes out Sept. 17.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 11:00 am

The new documentary Muscle Shoals recalls how interracial harmony in tumultuous times made possible a new kind of music. Leading African-American artists traveled to North Alabama — not exactly a place they thought they'd be welcome in the civil rights era — to jam with an all-white crew of session players. In little rooms near the wide Tennessee River, they perfected soul and anticipated Southern rock.

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Music
5:25 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

WCBE Presents Mickey Hart Band @ Woodland's Tavern Sept. 25, 2013!

WCBE Presents Mickey Hart Band

WCBE proudly presents the Mickey Hart Band on Wednesday September 25th @ Woodland's Tavern

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:21 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

WCBE Presents Shovels And Rope @ The A&R Music Bar Sept. 20, 2013! SOLD OUT!

WCBE Presents Shovels And Rope

Husband and wife, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst make up the duo Shovels And Rope out of Charleston, S.C. 

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Music
1:27 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

WCBE Presents Citizen Cope @ The Newport Sun. Sept. 15, 2013!

WCBE Presents Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood will perform an intimate solo acoustic performance at The Newport Music Hall on Sunday, September 15th!  Doors open at 7PM.

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Music
12:46 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

WCBE & Rhythm On The River Present: Charlie Musselwhite and Sean Carney Band

Charlie Musselwhite @ Rhythm On The River

FREE EVENT!!!

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Sean Carney Band
9:00 p.m. – Charlie Musselwhite

ARTIST WEBSITE:

http://www.charliemusselwhite.com/

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Music
11:35 am
Sun September 1, 2013

'The Worse Things Get': Life Lessons From Neko Case

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 5:51 pm

  • Listen To Neko Case Discuss Her New Album

On her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations on the recent loss of both of her parents and a grandmother. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I spoke with Neko Case about the music, and shared questions from listeners, in this interview that we originally webcast live on Aug. 29.

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First Listen
11:31 am
Sun September 1, 2013

First Listen: Sly And The Family Stone, Highlights From 'Higher!'

Sly & The Family Stone's new career-spanning anthology, out August 27, is titled Higher!
Herb Greene Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:13 pm

The story of Sylvester Stewart — we call him Sly Stone — is that of a great urban engineer who launched out of the Bay Area in 1967 with a series of bridge-making hits: fusing rock to rhythm and blues, bringing jazz and funk into the mainstream with a band that was black and white, male and female. The story takes a weird corner and ends (or at least peaks) with some chattery scary masterpieces, isolated midnight moanings, fear and dread as universal in the '70s as love had been a few years before.

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First Listen
11:27 am
Sun September 1, 2013

First Listen: Bob Dylan, Highlights From 'Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)'

Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait. A new collection, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), comes out August 27.
John Cohen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:09 am

If Bob Dylan's long career as a genius of the American spirit has taught us anything, it's that one fan's trash is another one's treasure. "I never looked at songs as 'good' or 'bad,' only different kinds of good ones," he once said. Dylan's music, from the magpie folk of his early years to the historically conscious balladry of his current albums, has always reminded us that our legacy includes not just ennobling beauty, but also minstrelsy, dirty blues, sentimental sappiness and rama-lama-ding-dong.

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First Listen
11:23 am
Sun September 1, 2013

First Listen: Okkervil River, 'The Silver Gymnasium'

Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium, comes out Sept. 3.
Ben Sklar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:10 am

It's human nature to romanticize a specific time and place in the past — a moment when everything felt just right, or opportunities were laid out like a banquet. For Okkervil River's Will Sheff, it's been impossible to let go of Meriden, N.H., circa 1986: That tiny town is where he spent his childhood (he turned 10 that summer) and where his parents taught at an area boarding school.

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