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Every day, The World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country. Each show features live performances and interviews with celebrated & emerging artists. The Cafe also presents segments on books, movies, TV and plays related to music.

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We have less than two weeks left in this year's Tiny Desk Contest entry period, and we're seeing more and more entries (and desks) we love each day. So just as we've done for the last two weeks, we've rounded up a few of our favorites from the Contest so far.

We hope these songs inspire you to send us a song of your own if you haven't already — you've got until Sunday, April 14!


Quinn Christopherson, "Erase Me"

These days, a six-year gap between albums practically qualifies as a hiatus. In the case of Vampire Weekend, it's been enough time to experience a 2014 Grammy win, a significant departure (Rostam Batmanglij left in 2016), a major-label deal, years of touring and a long, deliberately paced lead-up to Father of the Bride, out May 3.

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.

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!

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!

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According to Greek mythology, the cunning King Sisyphus of Ephyra received the ultimate punishment at the end of his days: damnation and an eternity spent pushing a rock up a mountain

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Rayland Baxter to perform Live From Studio A with his band in advance of his show that night at The Basement!

Tune in for live music, coversation 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!

Liz Cooper
Courtesy of Sacks and Co.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede will join us Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night at The Newport with Phosphorescent presented by WCBE!  

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

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Aaron Lee Tasjan with his band to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show at the Rumba Cafe with Brandy Zdan!

He's out on the road with his brand new release Karma For Cheap and we're excited he'll be coming back home for a show in Columbus!

Ha Ha Tonka
Jason Conulsen

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Ha Ha Tonka to perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at the Rumba Cafe!

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 not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than that, too: to stimulate conversation about how hierarchies emerge and endure. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. Our list of the 200 Greatest Songs By Women+ offers a soundtrack to a new century. This series of essays takes on another task.

Here's a story for you about two teenage boys named Salvo and Diego. One is Mexican, one is Italian, and both are immigrants living in America. They're into punk rock like MC5 and The Stooges. And beat poetry — Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac — is their jam. The new album The Crossing tells their story of lives in America and all the thrills, adventures and realities that come with them.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Boston outfit Tall Heights Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at The Basement with Old Sea Brigade and Frances Cone.  

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Pete Yorn Live From Studio A in advance of his show that at the A&R Music Bar for An Evening with Pete Yorn - You & Me:  Solo Acoustic Tour.

Rosanne Cash is a highly distinguished singer and songwriter. Since she released her debut in 1978, she's built a fantastic body of work. She's released thirteen studio albums with highlights including Seven Year Ache (1981), The Wheel (1993), and 2009's The List, a collection of 12 essential country songs she recorded from a list of 100 country songs that her father, Johnny Cash, gave her.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting Doyle Bramhall II Live From Studio A when he returns to Columbus on Friday, October 12th!  

The UK band I S L A N D will be making a stop in Columbus while on tour with their brand new release Feels Like Air.  They'll first stop at WCBE for a Live From Studio A session and later that evening you can catch them over at The Basement!

Shakey Graves
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WCBE is looking forward to the return of Shakey Graves to perform Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at The Newport with The Wild Reeds!

Shakey Graves aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia is out on the road with his brand new release Can't Wake Up.

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!

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AMERICANAFEST just ended and we're back from Nashville with 10 thrilling tunes for you. The artists are, for the most part, emerging musicians who tackle this diverse genre from all angles.

Defining Americana isn't easy. At the festival, there were musicians from all around the world. Some were rooted in blues, jazz, boogie rock, bluegrass, soul, gospel, comedy, country, Tejano and much more.

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Saintseneca to perform Live From Studio A the same day their brand new CD Pillar Of Na comes out on ANTI Records!  

WCBE is looking forward to the return of We Are Scientists to perform Live From Studio A in advance of their show that night at the Rumba Cafe with The Candescents!

They're out on the road with the brand new CD Megaplex and you'll get to hear more about that during their live session on WCBE!

In this session, we have some serious musicians who trained at a conservatory and make carefully arranged music with tricky harmonies. Sound like a recipe for fun? It is. This is Lake Street Dive we're talking about, and if you've heard any of the original music they make, you know they take all the most fun bits of pop, soul, disco, jazz, rock and roll and stitch them together into something all their own.

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, whose bleak but often triumphantly arranged rock songs tackled depression, anxiety and self-doubt, was found dead at Port Edgar near South Queensberry, Scotland, around 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, Edinburgh Police confirmed in a statement provided to NPR. He was 36.

Tune in to listen to Radnor & Lee perform in Studio A during the Global Village!

Josh Radnor and Ben Lee are out on the road with their self-titled debut and made a stop in Josh's hometown of Columbus!

We're lucky they made the time to drop by to share their stories and their music!

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