Billboard editor Joe Levy, hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy and KCRW DJ Anne Litt share their favorite albums, most memorable concerts, biggest musical disappointments and more. Spoiler alert: 2012 was a good year for Frank Ocean.
Last week the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Soundcheck regular Joe Levy weighs in on the surprises, snubs, and a strange footnote known as "Walsergate."
A forward look at the 2013 Grammy nominations with Joe Levy. And the PigPen Theatre Company perform songs from its album Bremen.
The 67-year-old British singer-songwriter recently released his tell-all memoir, Rod: An Autobiography, as well as his very first holiday record, Merry Christmas, Baby.
Billboard editor Joe Levy explains how "the world’s greatest rock and roll band" gave birth to the modern touring industry.
The Ghetto Brothers' once-rare album Power Fuerza is getting a reissue 40 years after its 1972 release. And Pinback performs songs from it's new album Information Retrieved in the studio.
A new, and divisive bill in Congress -- called the Internet Radio Fairness Act -- would change the way that services like Spotify and Pandora pay musicians for streaming their music. Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular Joe Levy joins us to break down the dollars and cents of it all.
Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular Joe Levy adds an entry to the dictionary with a category of music he calls "Esperanto Pop." We hear how acts from ABBA to PSY to Usher are making music that's engineered for the biggest pop market possible -- the world.
Soundcheck regular and Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us with a handful of his favorite new and recent music releases, including some albums that have flown just under the radar, but that he's keeping his eye on.
Levy tells us about two different takes on traditionalism from party band Low Cut Connie and the glam rock Sub Pop act known as King Tuff. Plus, he plays music from from blues/rock guitarist Gark Clark, Jr.
Today on Soundcheck: Billboard editor and bullpen member Joe Levy brings us three recent music releases he's excited about.
A mouth-watering chat about dosas, the South Indian crepe that's the subject of a short film called, Dosa Hunt. Yeasayer's Anand Wilder and Stereogum executive editor and the creator of the film Amrit Singh give us the low down on food and the film project.
And Silversun Pickups hit the studio to play songs from its latest album Neck Of The Woods.
Billboard editor Joe Levy gives us his pick for Musician-In-Chief: The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards. Plus, speaking of elections, the 2013 nominees for the Rock Hall of Fame were announced last week. We hear who made the cut.
Tonight on Soundcheck, we consider the recently announced MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grants, where musicians, writers, scientists, neurosurgeons and even string bow makers are awarded $500,000, no strings attached. Among the winners this year are mandolinist Chris Thile and writer Junot Diaz. But it got us thinking, "What would you do with the money if you won?"
Billboard editor and regular contributor Joe Levy weighs in on that question -- and discusses the success of folk rockers Mumford & Sons, whose new release is expected to top the charts this week.
Then, Faith Salie on television shows that do special "musical" episodes. What are the best ones?
And Cate Le Bon and her band drop by the studio to perform songs from her album and EP, CYRK and CYRK II, and sample a little cider.
Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us to share what he would do with a $500,000 MacArthur "Genius" Award. And, he tells us more about the folky, foot-stompy, chart-topping British band Mumford & Sons.
Last week, the number of major record labels dropped from four to three. News spread on Friday that Universal Music Group (UMG) received approval from industry regulators to take over EMI Music, home to acts like Coldplay and David Guetta, and the Beatles catalogue. Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us to explain what's happened, and what it means for you.
Tonight on Soundcheck, Billboard magazine's Joe Levy attempts to walk us through the knotty details of Universal's acquisition of EMI last week. Then, a look back on a forgotten album of the 1970s that's now having somewhat of a comeback.
And British soul singer Lianne La Havas performs songs from her Mercury Prize-nominated album Is Your Love Big Enough? in the studio.
It may have been a quiet summer for new releases, but it's gearing up to be a big fall. Joining us to discuss some noteworthy releases this week is Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular Joe Levy. We hear the latest from Carly Rae Jepsen, Pink, Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label and a reissue of Michael Jackson's Bad, which features a previously unheard demo from the late King of Pop.
Today on Soundcheck, a preview of new music releases with Joe Levy -- from a new Carly Rae Jepsen single to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music record Cruel Summer. Poet and rock legend Patti Smith discusses her latest album Banga, a record that takes its name from a Russian novel. And California surf rock band Best Coast drops by the studio to play songs from its excellent summer album The Only Place.
Reality singing shows The Voice and The X-Factor are going head-to-head this fall. Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us with a preview of what to expect.
We get a review of Madonna's new album, "MDNA," from Billboard magazine's new editor, Joe Levy.
The much-anticipated sci-fi movie “The Hunger Games” comes out in theaters today, but the soundtrack to the film has been selling like gangbusters since Tuesday. Music journalist Joe Levy gives us his review of the star-studded album, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett. Plus, we open the phones to talk about great music inspired by dismal predictions of life in the future.