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John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

On-Demand Audio: Steve Reich's Complete String Quartets

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio- and videocast of the sold-out concert of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing the complete string quartets of Steve Reich at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Pick 3: New Music From Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and Janka Nabay

Monday, August 20, 2012

The end of August is traditionally a slow time in the music biz. But between a few recent releases and some advance glimpses at a few of the many projects set to be unleashed in September, there's still plenty to occupy your ears. John Schaefer looks ahead to three new releases worth checking out.

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Romney Campaign Hits The Panic Switch, And It Hits Back

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It is happening again: a political campaign uses a song to pump up the crowd - apparently without really listening first.  And the band says no way. 

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Shake Your @#$%!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When Spinal Tap sang "Big Bottom," they were tapping (sorry) into a long musical tradition.  Now, you can too. 

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RIP Jason Noble

Monday, August 06, 2012

You may not recognize his name, but his bands helped change the sound of modern rock.

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Music and the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

The London Olympics will have plenty of music.  Some of it may even be worth hearing. 

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Sing Along Songs

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

British researchers asked why crowds love to sing along to some songs and not others. Will their research hold up in America?

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Another Tragedy and the Arts

Monday, July 23, 2012

The shooting at an Aurora, Colorado film theater raises old questions and bad memories.

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Big Brother's Name Is... Bonnaroo?

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Bonnaroo Festival’s hi-tech wristbands should bother anyone concerned about privacy and surveillance.  If only they weren’t so awesome.

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Everybody Dance Now!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The huge popularity of EDM – electronic dance music - has led to a sea change in concerts lately, as huge crowds gather to watch brand-name DJs like Skrillex, Deadmau5, and Avicii. Nothing wrong with that, but it was great to be reminded last night at Celebrate Brooklyn that there are still bands playing dance music the old-school way: with multiple human beings and instruments being played in real time.

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New York's Newest Music Venue

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Williamsburg Park opened for business last night.  John Schaefer reports on the bands – and the venue.

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Bob Dylan’s Two Tempests

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News of the forthcoming Dylan album is jockeying for position with a TV show that claims to have found the electric guitar Dylan famously plugged in at Newport in 1965. First the new album: it will be called Tempest, and will be his 35th full-length release and his first album since the puzzling Christmas record he did in 2009.

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Go Ahead - Make My Day

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some of your favorite lines from the movies are turning up in album titles, and even band names. 

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Rolling Stones Memories

Thursday, July 12, 2012

John Schaefer grew up on the Stones; he shares five pivotal memories of Mick and Keith and the band.

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Imagine a World Without The Stones

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ first gig, which took place at London’s Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. While the band celebrates yet another milestone in its sprawling career, Soundcheck wants you to join us in an alternate universe and answer the question: What if the Rolling Stones – like the Beatles – had called it quits in 1970? John asks music critic and author Anthony DeCurtis how music history would be different without mid- and late-career Stones? We want you to weigh in: Leave a comment below.

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Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak at Celebrate Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dirty Projectors is an art-pop band led by singer, songwriter, composer, and lefty guitarist (which seems relevant somehow) David Longstreth. They headlined a triple bill last night at Celebrate Brooklyn; and while I missed openers Purity Ring, I made sure to catch Wye Oak, in the middle of the lineup. The Baltimore duo has done some terrific work (check out "Civilian" if you haven't already heard it on TV - it was used in the zombie series The Walking Dead), and I was eager to see them live.

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Golden Age Pop – from Ethiopia

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A free download from a Boston band takes us back to the years when Addis Ababa was called “Swinging Addis.”

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The New Mick Jagger Bio

Monday, July 09, 2012

It’s called “Mick: the Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger.”  But what we’ve seen so far is all wild life and precious little genius. 

 

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Seriously Vintage Vinyl

Friday, July 06, 2012

It’s like the stuff of science fiction: An audio historian at Indiana University has figured out a way for us to hear the world’s oldest gramophone recording – even though the disc and the player have long since disappeared.

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Hendrix Plays - Just Not Hendrix

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A new film about Jimi Hendrix will not include any of his songs.  Neither does this list of great Hendrix performances. 

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