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WCBE is looking forward to a return visit from Vintage Trouble to perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at Skully's Music Diner!  

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Four floors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will be transformed later this month with an exhibit featuring some of the most iconic instruments in music history. Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll will showcase the tools musicians used to craft the songs fans know and love.

An anthology devoted to early Nat King Cole recordings was recently released, and it offers a new window into his artistic development. The collection is called Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943), and this massive 7-CD, 10-LP package is clearly aimed at obsessives. It's a deep dive that traces Nat King Cole's evolution — from smooth, unflappable piano player into a singing star with an endearingly smooth style all his own.

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble will perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at Natalie's presented by WCBE and Crazy Mama's Concerts!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

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

It's easy to imagine that Ringo Starr's closet is full of shoe boxes containing old mementos, like the photographs that populate Another Day In The Life, his newest book. The reality is a bit different though.

"If I'm in them, I just lift them off the internet," he says. "Others are what I do on tour when I'm hanging out."

It almost sounds like a twisted science experiment: Invite a dozen rock and roll warriors to spend a week at a ranch in the California desert, encourage them to write songs and play together, then capture the results.

Ida Mae
Dean Chalkley

Ida Mae the breakout British duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at the Rumba Cafe presented by WCBE!  

Megan Palmer, Jesse Henry with The High Definitions and the Boys and Girls Club Band will perform a special concert on Friday, November 8th at the Lincoln Theatre!

"It is an iconic part of so much pop and rock music, but it's also an instrument that's yet to be fully explored," says jazz keyboardist John Medeski.

Motherless Brooklyn is a new film about a private detective trying to solve a murder in 1950s New York.

AHI
Jess Baumung Photography

Canadian musician AHI (prounounced "EYE") will drop by for a Live From Studio A session in advance of his show that night at The Basement with Columbus' own Hebdo!  

When it comes to bands performing at the Tiny Desk, there's dressing up, and then there's dressing up. Just in time for Halloween, we've pulled together a handy playlist starring artists whose stage wear crosses over from "outfits" to "costumes."

WCBE is looking forward to a return visit from the Austin, TX outfit Jamestown Revival!  They'll perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show with Ryan Bingham that night at The Newport!

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We live! We die! We live again! There's something remarkably pointed about the War Boys' rallying cry from Mad Max: Fury Road.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting cellist/singer/artist Melora Creager and her historical cello rock band Rasputina Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at the Rumba Cafe with Charming Disaster!

"It was really important to me to write about what happened," Mikaela Straus, the musician known as King Princess, says, referencing being thrust into a career that she wasn't as prepared for as she'd imagined.

Dan Piepenbring was a 29-year-old editor of the literary magazine The Paris Review in 2016 when he met Prince for the first time — and agreed to help the musical icon pen a memoir. It was the assignment of a lifetime for a writer who had not yet published a book, but Prince wanted someone he could open up to — and Piepenbring fit the bill.

The "profession" of rock criticism was still in its tender adolescence in 1969. Daily newspapers were beginning to hire writers to cover pop, rock and what was sometimes described as "youth culture." Alternative weeklies like the Village Voice became trusted early warning systems for new bands. And Rolling Stone magazine, which began in San Francisco in 1967, had by 1969 become the rock and roll "paper of record."

Here are a few indisputable truths about Andy Bey. First things first: as he approaches 80, Bey occupies the first rank of living jazz singers. He has led a circuitous career — starting out as a prodigy, slipping into obscurity, experiencing a late renaissance. And he's an original: nobody else has ever sounded quite like him and it's almost certain nobody else ever will.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting The Building aka Anthony LaMarca Live From Studio A

Music Journeys: Jay Som

Oct 18, 2019
Jay Som

Jay Som performs Saturday night in Columbus at the Basement.

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Ryan Bingham to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at The Newport!  

https://www.rockhall.com/2020-nominees

The late Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. are among the 16 artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

"I'm naturally soft spoken," Laetitia Tamko says. "But when I sing, I'm not soft spoken."

Much of Infinite Worlds, the first album Tamko recorded as Vagabon, was her with a guitar, singing achingly introspective songs about the search for home and safety. Tamko says when she recorded it, she was uncomfortable with how deep her voice was. But now, hundreds of live performances later, she's embraced it.

The recent biopic Rocketman painted a Hollywood version of Elton John's life, but a new memoir, Me, comes straight from the artist himself. In it, he describes how, as a young man, he was determined to enter the music business, in spite of some misgivings about rock 'n' roll in his household. As he tells Fresh Air, "My dad, of course, hated it."

It's a Friday night in London, but the cityscape is far from sight. On a small stage, the silhouettes of two dancers undulate in double time, then half-time, their limbs slicing through the red-lit fog that blurs their outline. A digitally frayed, hummed refrain keeps the pace in and out of which they keep moving, as the rise and fall of composer and sound artist Klein's amplified breath signals her impending arrival through the crowd.

There's something striking about Tamino when you meet him. The Egyptian-born, Belgium-raised musician has a calm energy, a measured performance style and, quite frankly, a heavenly voice.

"The fire you like so much in me / Is the mark of someone adamantly free," Liz Phair declared in her 1993 song "Strange Loop."

The song, which appeared on her debut studio album, Exile in Guyville, was a fitting introduction to the Chicago-raised singer-songwriter ⁠— Phair was serving notice that she was unwilling to be anyone other than herself, and if people didn't approve of her sexually frank and defiantly profane lyrics, or her lo-fi sensibility, they were more than welcome to listen to something else.

This week, Big Thief will release its second album of the year. The double play alone doesn't capture just how prolific this band is, though. Two Hands is the third Big Thief release in the past year and six days, if you count lead songwriter Adrianne Lenker's solo record, abysskiss. Broaden the count from there, and it is the fifth Big Thief-related LP of the past year and a half, including solo outings from guitarist Buck Meek and drummer James Krivchenia. Big Thief is like a hydrant with its top knocked off. Music is pouring from Big Thief.

Austin Plaine
Kevin W Condon

Singer-songwriter Austin Plaine will perform Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at the Rumba Cafe presented by WCBE!

He's out on the road with his sophmore release Stratford and you'll get to hear all about it!

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