Music News & Reviews

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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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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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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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



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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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5:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:34 am

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe Rosanne Cash's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father Johnny's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge.

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9:38 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
Gary Burden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:29 pm

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9:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Country Singer, Bandleader Ray Price Dies At 87

Ray Price performs during Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2010 in Indio, California.
Frazer Harrison Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 9:04 pm

Singer-bandleader Ray Price, who had more than 100 country hits in his decades-long career, has died at the age of 87 of complications related to pancreatic cancer, his family said.

Price was a Grammy Award winner and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (1996).

Quoting family members, The Associated Press writes:

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9:26 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

That's A Bad Lyric And You Know It

Edd Westmacott/Photoshot Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:46 pm

Hang the DJ!
Because the music that they constantly play,
It says nothing to me about my life.
The Smiths, "Panic"

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9:19 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

WCBE Presents The Jim Jones Revue @ Woodland's Backyard Fri. Jan. 10, 2014!

WCBE Presents The Jim Jones Revue @ Woodland's Tavern


and Crazy Mama's Concerts Presents A Bruce Nutt/Paul Bearer Production... The Jim Jones Revue with The Hexers at Woodland's Backyard!  

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5:13 am
Sat December 14, 2013

What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

Rosanne Cash, seen here in 1956 with her dad Johnny, is one of many musicians featured in Oxford American magazine's winter issue on the music of Tennessee.
Courtesy of Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

From blues to funk, to country and rock, Tennessee is the place that's given voice to the likes of Bessie Smith, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes

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4:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

WCBE Choice Albums of 2013

Credit Jaula DeArdilla

Visit WCBE's Amazon page for sampling of our core playlist for 2013; we encourage you to use this list as a resource to find the quality music heard on WCBE this past year!

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The Mix
4:22 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Mix: Northern Soul Radio

Marvin Gaye walks ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London, in 1976.
John Minihan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:05 pm

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3:48 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Edition: Songs About Your Family


Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 2:04 pm

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