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Check Ahead: Caetano Veloso, 'Abraçaço'

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hear the new album from the Tropicalia pioneer in its entirety and download the song “A Bossa Nova E Foda” before it's release on March 25.

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Listen: Bang On A Can's People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Thursday, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert featuring music of Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

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Not At SXSW? Don’t Worry, Be Busy

Monday, March 10, 2014

You couldn’t make it to South By Southwest this year? That’s okay. Soundcheck's John Schaefer didn’t go either. So, what shall we do this week, here in New York City -- which is suddenly only the second-best musical center in the country? Well, here are some suggestions.

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The 12 Most Romantic Songs Ever... Maybe

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Soundcheck challenged listeners to nominate The Most Romantic Song Ever -- and to make a case for why that song was right and all the hundreds of other songs people were suggesting were somehow wrong. Soundcheck host John Schaefer wades through the results and presents this crowd-sourced playlist.

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The Beatles Effect, Fifty Years Later

Friday, February 07, 2014

With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles's legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan Show this sunday, we take a look at the modern bands who owe John, Paul, George, and Ringo some credit. From Radiohead to Broken Bells, John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, explains why so many bands draw on the experimental yet harmony-driven music of The Beatles.

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Exploring The Underground Music of Russia

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Opening Ceremony to the Sochi Olympics will feature an array of national anthems and the Olympics theme song.  But for Russians, and Russian Americans, the music of Sochi and of the nation goes far beyond the slopes and podiums. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck, shares some Russian tunes to enjoy during the Olympics.

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New York Guitar Festival Marathon Celebrates 'Las Americas'

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hear select performances from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon, held at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.

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Pete Seeger: Out Of One Voice, Many

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger wasn’t just a folk singer: He was the model, the exemplar of what most Americans mean when they say “folk singer.” Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance of the folk artist and activist, who died Monday at age 94.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: The Hold Steady's New Song Shows Its 'Teeth'

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Hold Steady is set release Teeth Dreams, its first record since 2010's Heaven Is Whenever on March 25 and the band has given fans a first taste with the song "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You." Members of the Soundcheck team give the new track a spin and have these first impressions.

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John Newman’s Early Contender For Song Of The Year

Friday, January 10, 2014

The year is only a little over a week old, but Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinks John Newman's single "Love Me Again" may be the next big thing from the U.K.

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On-Demand Audio: Hilliard Ensemble's Farewell to New York Audiences

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, on Q2 Music. The program is part of the Hilliard's farewell tour, as the group will disband in late 2014.

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Ten Reasons Why New York Ruled the Music Scene in 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It was a year when Beyonce surprised fans with an unexpected new album. And she made history becoming the first woman to hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her five studio albums. Her husband Jay-Z and pop star Lady Gaga also had new records out. And a teenager from New Zealand, Lorde, became a hit. But John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, says it was New York that ruled the music scene in 2013, and he has a list of ten reasons why.

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John Schaefer's Top Ten Reasons Why New York Music Ruled The World In 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

It may seem odd to trumpet New York’s musical clout in a year when New York’s biggest names did not rise to the occasion. But New York music still ruled the world in 2013. Soundcheck host John Schaefer counts down his top ten reasons why.

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'Perfume For Winnie, And Nelson's Shade': A Musical Memory Of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and a treasured symbol of hope in the struggle against racial oppression, died Thursday at 95. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this musical remembrance.

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Rock Me Amadeus: A Mozart Guide From A To Z

Monday, November 25, 2013

All November, WNYC's classical music sister station is celebrating Mozart Month. Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares this handy A-Z guide to the prolific icon.

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Dual Threat Author-Musician James McBride Wins The National Book Award

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The author and musician James McBride won The National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the book and talking to McBride in a recent session with his band.

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Sir John Tavener, World's 'Most-Heard' Composer, Dies At 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

British composer Sir John Tavener, whose music stretched far beyond the classical world, has died at age 69. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance.

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Lou Reed: New York Legend

Sunday, October 27, 2013

John Schaefer remembers the iconic, enigmatic Velvet Underground co-founder and solo artist

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Nico Muhly's Opera 'Two Boys' Premieres At The Met

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For one night, at least, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center might have been the hippest venue in New York, thanks to last night's American premiere of Two Boys, the opera by the gifted young composer Nico Muhly. Soundcheck host John Schaefer was there and has this review.

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In Our Headphones This Week

Monday, October 21, 2013

Every week brings a new batch of new music releases before you've even had a chance to catch up and digest the last ones. So to help, members of the Soundcheck team share some of their favorites of the week, including Lucius, The Dismemberment Plan, and Tim Hecker.

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