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John Schaefer

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First Listen: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with intricate layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.

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Check Ahead: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.
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Parkay Quarts: A Dark Tale From Parquet Courts' Alter Ego

Friday, November 07, 2014

The not-much-altered-ego of Brooklyn punk band Parquet Courts, Parkay Quarts unleashes a dark tale with the song "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth." Hear the song and entire album.
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Five Songs For Dylan Thomas

Monday, October 27, 2014

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas' birthday, Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on five songs inspired by the Welsh poet.
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A Subway Symphony, Thanks To WiFi

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Composer Ljova conducted 11 subway musicians spread across New York via WiFi.
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Space Is The Place: Twelve Cosmic Songs For Sci-Fi Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

With New York Comic Con kicking off today, the city is full of even more aliens and space cadets than usual. Soundcheck's John Schaefer welcomes them with his favorite sci-fi songs.
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Hear A New Song From Agnes Obel's Deluxe 'Aventine'

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Danish singer-songwriter's deluxe edition of her 2014 album, Aventine, features unreleased songs, remixes and live performances. Hear a brand new song, "Arches."
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Beyond 'Fame': Ten Deep Cuts That Reveal The True Genius Of David Bowie

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beneath big hits like “Changes” and “Let’s Dance” lies the real genius of David Bowie. Soundcheck host John Schaefer offers up his favorite essential lesser-known masterpiece songs.
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Review: The 'David Bowie Is' Documentary

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Today, David Bowie Is opened at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Soundcheck's John Schaefer reviews a documentary film, also called David Bowie Is, which debuted tonight.

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How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The English art-rocker has returned to the stage after 35 years and set a new U.K. charts record. Soundcheck's John Schaefer rounds up ten of Bush's must-hear songs.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Can A Musician Be Too Virtuosic?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer answers questions from readers and listeners about whether technically impressive playing can leave you cold.
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Three Must-Hear New Songs From The Vaselines, Young Buffalo, Jenny Hval And Susanna

Monday, August 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer listens to a lot of music over the course of a week. Here's three of his favorite tracks that caught his ear, both for the music and the stories behind them.

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'The Black Album' Puts The Beatles Back Together for New Generation

Monday, August 18, 2014

"The Black Album" reimagines The Beatles, providing a compilation of songs from the solo careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star.

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Remembering The Musical Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer remembers the musician that lurked among the crowded cast of characters in Williams’ mind.

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In The Valley Below's Sunny And Subversive Synth Pop

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In The Valley Below could probably just do bright synth-pop, but what you get instead is something slightly more subversive. The Los Angeles duo's upcoming album, The Belt, isn't out for a few weeks yet, but the band has already unveiled a handful of songs with killer hooks and edgy guitars.

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John Luther Adams' 'Sila': Finding Music In Urban Noise

Monday, July 28, 2014

This past weekend saw the premiere of Sila, a new immersive work by this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Luther Adams. Soundcheck host John Schaefer was there and has these thoughts on the unconventional work, and the siren he heard out on the streets outside Lincoln Center.

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Celebrating Nickel Creek's Triumphant Return In Brooklyn

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last night, after nearly seven years away pursuing other projects, Nickel Creek brought its reunion to Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. And they wasted no time in showing that they haven't lost their ability to delight with its deep roots in American string band music.

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A 'Moving' New Song From James Is A Matter Of Life And Death, And Yarn

Friday, July 18, 2014

The British band James is returning with La Petite Mort, its first new album in six years. Watch the remarkable and poignant music video for the band's song "Moving On."

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The 2014 World Cup: Some Final Thoughts

Monday, July 14, 2014

This World Cup had it all: A huge haul of goals, but also stunning goalkeeping, stout defense, lots of late drama, overachieving minnows and mighty giants brought low. Soundcheck host John Schaefer says it was also the year soccer/football ascended into the hearts of more Americans than ever.

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Check Ahead: Dave Douglas And Uri Caine, 'Present Joys'

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For years, jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and keyboardist Uri Caine have collaborated on all sorts of projects. But with Present Joys, they're finally recording as a duo. 

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