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Karl Denson has one of the coolest side gigs in the world. In 2015, he took over for Bobby Keys as the saxophonist for The Rolling Stones. In his day job however, he's the leader of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, a fusion of funk, jazz, soul, and rock.

Roger Charlery, best known as Ranking Roger, singer of the widely influential U.K. group The Beat — known as The English Beat in the U.S. — died Tuesday afternoon, at 56. The singer was diagnosed with brain tumors and lung cancer last year. His death was announced on the website of The Beat, and confirmed to NPR by the group's manager, Tarquin Gotch.

"I'm feeling things! This is awesome!" Emily King describes the moment she stood outside with tears in her eyes, and sang aloud the lyrics to the first song she wrote for her new album. That song is called "Remind Me" and it captures the renewed inspiration King found after packing up her New York City life, learning to drive and moving to a small town in the Catskills.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Ben Dickey Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night with Hayes Carll at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, OH!

He's out on the road with his brand new release A Glimmer On The Outskirts produced by Charlie Sexton

For the NPR Music team, the Tiny Desk Contest is an annual opportunity to learn about undiscovered artists we might not otherwise hear. We hear from artists in every imaginable genre from all across the country. We're still accepting entries for a few more weeks — until April 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET — but we've already started to see entries we love. Here are a few that caught our attention this week.


Four Play Clarinet, "Soulful"

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Trevor Hall to perform Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at Columbus Athenaeum with Dirtwire and Will Evans!

BAILEN
Shervin Lainez

The sibling act BAILEN will join us Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at The Basement with The Rad Trads presented by WCBE!

Samantha Fish
Backstage Flash

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Samantha Fish with Jonathan Long Live From Studio A in advance of the sold out show that night at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music presented by Crazy Mama's Concerts and WCBE!

Tune in for a live acoustic session, 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!

Maggie Rose and her eight piece band will perform their blend of Rock/Soul/R&B Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at A&R Music Bar with Them Vibes!

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

No ticket required! Nashville's WMOT Roots Radio is once again headed to Austin for SXSW 2019, presenting you with five straight days of live music.

 Got a song you want the world to hear? The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! If you're an unsigned musician, you could win a chance to play the Tiny Desk at NPR headquarters and tour the country with NPR Music!

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Van Hunt Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music!

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!

Just when it seems the shadow of The Beatles can't get any longer and everything in rock has been done before, along come Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, asking the musical question: What if, instead of ducking The Beatles, you embraced the band's tricks — the galumphing marches, the sun-dazed harmonies — and then made them a little weird?

WCBE listeners are a culture, independent-minded and selective about their channels of information. Whether it's for news sources or art forms, they choose to tune in to 90.5 FM because it speaks to them.

We're approaching the date of the 13th annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute show, March 7, birthday of the late songwriter, and on Thursday evening this year, at Dick's Den starting at 6:00, ending at last call.

Gold Connections
Lloyd McCullough

Will Marsh who records under the name Gold Connections will drop by the studio to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at the Rumba Cafe with Good Reverend!

They have a brand new EP Like Shadow that just come out on March 1st and are out on the road with it and with a stop in Columbus!

Here's some of the most uplifting music I've heard in a long while. Ahmed Gallab, best known as Sinkane, has new music we're proud to premiere. The song is called "Everybody" which will be the lead-off track to his next record, Dépaysé.

Roots Of A Rebellion
Jaqueline Justice

The Reggage/Rock/Dub outfit Roots Of A Rebellion will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at Woodland's Tavern with local group Conscious Pilot.They're out on the road with a new CD Live At The Exit / In and will be stopping in Columbus!Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win

Tune in for a Live From Studio A session with the Frank Vignola Trio in advance of their show at The Refectory for their Dinner Music Series!

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

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Two musicians who've spent more of their time touring in bands than on their own have completed new solo releases and joined forces for a set of shows. Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Tyler Ramsey, formerly of Band of Horses, bring their tour to Columbus tonight and WCBE for a live session this afternoon. 

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Grizfolk to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at The Newport with Andrew McMahon and Flor.

They have a new CD coming out this year and you'll get to hear all about it!

Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Tyler Ramsey of Band Of Horses will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night presented by WCBE at the Rumba Cafe!

There is no denying the impact Roma has had on the movie going public on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. The story of a young indigenous woman and her life as a live-in care taker for a middle class Mexican family in the mid-1970's is one of those rare instances that has crossed demographic lines and has people raving about from all quarters.

Columbus musicians Ian Hummel and Zach Whitney aka Me & Lil' Brother will join us Live From Studio A to perform a few songs before the big sold out event for CASH ONLY 9, a benefit for WCBE!  They'll also be the emcees for the evening!  We'll also be chatting with Brady Oxender...another one of the organizers of the event.

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!

We're thrilled to have Gary Clark Jr. on World Cafe today. Gary is a guitar prodigy from Austin who showed so much promise that the mayor held a ceremony to declare "Gary Clark Jr. Day" when he was still in high school.

Mavis Staples is one of America's defining voices of freedom and peace.

Her family's gospel group, The Staples Singers, led by her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and wrote songs like "Freedom Highway" and "Why Am I Treated So Bad" that provided part of the soundtrack of America's civil rights movement.

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The Paragon Project celebrates its third full-length music release this weekend. Based at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, high school students write and record their own songs to communicate about issues in their lives and foster dialogue for listeners. 

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Micah Mathewson

Dobro player Rob Ickes and acoustic/electric guitarist/vocalist Trey Hensley will perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at The Refectory for their Dinner Music Series at 6PM.

They share a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, rock, western swing, jazz and other string band music of all kinds and we're happy that they'll be dropping by WCBE to share their music!

A decade ago, J.S. Ondara was just a kid from Nairobi, Kenya, obsessed with American artists like Nirvana, Neil Young and Bob Dylan before he could even understand their lyrics.

Joe Pug
Dusdin Condren

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Joe Pug to peform Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night with Michaela Anne at the Rumba Cafe!

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