Radiolab Live!

On October 5th, Radiolab came to Cleveland’s State Theatre with the live show Apocalyptical—a blend of science, music, visuals, and life-size dinosaur puppets. The theme of the show was endings: they covered subjects from the end of the reign of reptiles on Earth to facing the end of life with Parkinson’s disease. Radiolab, a WNYC radio show and podcast, is the project of Oberlin (and WOBC!) alumni Jad Abumrad (’95) and Robert Krulwich (’69). Their infectious storytelling powers attracted an audience consisting of about 98% old people and 2% Oberlin students.

Somehow this bullet being shot through water has something to do with dinosaur extinction.
Somehow this bullet being shot through water has something to do with dinosaur extinction.  Jad explained it better than I ever could. Photo courtesy of Yvette Chen.


Accompanying Jad and Robert were comedian Ophira Eisenberg, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, On Fillmore bassist Darin Gray, and guitarist Sarah Lipstate. The musicians definitely captured that signature smooth soundscape of a traditional Radiolab episode, while adding their individual flairs (seriously though, have you seen Glenn Kotche’s setup????). Ophira Eisenberg made a lot of jokes about her name.

If you haven’t checked out Radiolab yet, you can find their podcasts here.

WOBC-LFSB 003: Beer Shits

Live From Studio B 3

Proud to present the third installation in Live From Studio B, Beer Shits!

Download this set and more Here

See videos of Babes, Bunk Acid, and Theme Song (Beer Shits) below!


Dont forget to catch the rest of the Live From Studio B videos Here

WOBC’s Top 10 CMJ Playlist 10/8/13

What’s hot in WOBC? Here’s the most played albums for the past week:


1 .Yo La Tengo – Fade – Matador Records

2. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana – Carpark Records

3. Giraffage – Needs – Alpha Pup Records

4. Macintosh Plus – Floral Shoppe – Self-Released

5. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven – Warp Records

6. Bill Callahan – Dream River – Drag City

7.  Jacob Kierkegaard – Conversion – Touch

8. Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth – Warp Records

9. DARKSIDE – Psychic – Other People

10. Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir – Sacred Bones




WOBC Showpaper #1 10/05-10/11

As usual, Oberlin has a bajillion shows coming up this week. Log these down in your iCal.

Friday, October 4

Contemporary Music Ensemble: Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble + eighth blackbird @ Warner Hall, 8 pm

Contemporary chamber music with compositions by Oberlin staff. Oberlin alums started eighth blackbird!







Speedy Ortiz:  Speedy Ortiz (Noho) + Krill (MA) @ The ‘Sco, 10 PM, $3 OCID/$8 W.0

Excellent riffs all around — two bands known for their stage presence.








Saturday, October 5

Guest Recital: Paul Lansky with Ensemble Hammer/Klavier @ Warner Hall, 8 PM

Electronic music pioneer known for unconventional methods

















Clay Rendering: Clay Rendering (NY – Hair Police, Wolf Eyes) + the Nevari Butchers (Dilloway/van Horne) @ Fairchild Chapel, 7 PM

Industrial/drone. Nevari Butchers first show















Holly Herndon: Holly Herndon (CA) + Lazy Magnet (NC) @ The ‘Sco, 10 PM, $3 OCID/$10 W.o

Vocal sampled electronic dance party + lo-fi house warblings









Monday, October 7

Horse Lords : The “Rock Bautumn Tour” (MD) @ 3 Door Studio

Screwy math+psychedelic freak-out









Wednesday, October 9

Staceyann Chin : Staceyann Chin @ Cat in the Cream, 7 PM

Intricate lyrics, spoken word










Today in Pop Workgroup

Hello world! We’d like to introduce ourselves–we are Pop Workgroup.


Pop Workgroup meets in WOBC station HQ twice a week (T+TH 7-8pm) to listen to the music the station receives which is “Pop” songs. All are welcome! We have fun do dancing and make memories that will last our whole lives until we die. This week we added the following CDs to the WOBC Pop Vault.

Tim Kasher – Adult Film (Saddle Creek)

Washed Out – Paracosm (Sub Pop)

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (XL)


Jacuzzi Boys – Jacuzzi Boys (Hardly Art)

Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal (Secretly Canadian)

Ty Segall – Sleeper (Drag City)

No Age – An Object (Sub Pop)

Cloud Control – Dream Cave (Ivy League)


VIA Music & New Media Festival

Congratulations to Oberlin College third-year, Casey Silverstein on winning our online giveaway and snagging a pair of free weekend passes to VIA Music & New Media festival this weekend in Pittsburgh!

In its fourth year, VIA festival is an annual week-long celebration of people who are defining what’s next in music, art, and culture. Starting today, Oct. 1st, and ending on Oct. 6, VIA will feature performances, screenings, video game installations, 3D body scans and more. The lineup includes some great acts – some of whom have recently played shows in Oberlin including Slava, Container, Unicorn Hard-On, Richard Pinhas, and Aaron Dilloway.


Check out some tracks from VIA artists below and head to for more information.


::Jacques Greene::






VIA Festival will also feature work from visual and performance artists such as Casey Jane Ellison, LaTurbo Avedon, and many more. So if you’re looking to get out of town/looking for a good time/ looking for an excuse to go to Pittsburgh, grab some friends and head out to VIA. You can buy tickets here.






WOBC Live From Studio B 002- Novice

Live From Studio B 3

We from Live From Studio B present the second installment in the show, Novice!

Check out these videos and more on the WOBC LFSB channel here–

This Set and more available for download here!–

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