Soundcheck's weeklong look at the music of 2013 wouldn't be complete without a perennial favorite: the worst music of the year. Here are the year's "worsts" from Sean Manning, contributor to Esquire and author of the memoir The Things That Need Doing.
In this episode, Soundcheck host John Schaefer reveals the top two entries on his list of Ten Reasons Why New York Music Ruled the World in 2013.
And more favorite live performances from the Soundcheck studio.
Soundcheck surveys this year's crop of holiday albums -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- so you don't have to.
A good choir can send chills up your spine. And in recent years, choirs have really broken out of their traditionally religious mold -- like the Scala & Kolacny Brother’s choir from Belgium, which has become world renowned for their covers of pop and rock songs like Radiohead’s “Creep” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”
So, What do you think. Are choirs in rock songs heavenly… or hellish?
Lionel Richie released his collaborative country effort, called “Tuskegee,” last week - and it's expected to debut in the #2 spot on the Billboard 200. We throw the pop star's countrified greatest hits album into the ring to be dissected and debated by author Sean Manning and TV Guide senior editor and country music writer Joseph Hudak.
Middle-aged Hollywood hunks Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges both released country-tinged albums last year. In this Soundcheck Smackdown, we’ll weigh the two against each other. Guests include Sean Manning, editor of the essay collection "Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided," and Steve Almond, author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life" and the upcoming book "God Bless America."
Actors Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins have faced off once before – in the 1999 thriller “Arlington Road.” Now, the two Hollywood stars are squaring off in a different way – this time, with steely, forlorn gazes and guitars strung around their necks. The middle-aged Hollywood hunks are both currently promoting country-tinged albums, and on this Soundcheck Smackdown, we’ll weigh the two against each other. Guests include Sean Manning, editor of the essay collection "Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided," and Steve Almond, author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life" and the upcoming book "God Bless America."
Sean Manning, writer and editor of Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book discusses the book along with two of its contributors; Ed Park, a founding editor of The Believer and author of Personal Days: A Novel, and Sigrid Nuñez, author of Salvation City.
Tell us about your most cherished book!
The show-choir sitcom is hot. But not everyone is giddy about Glee.
The jazz-inflected rock group Steely Dan set the bar high for studio precision and musical complexity in rock during the 1970s. Fans laud the band’s light-funk touch, sarcastic lyrics and lasting popularity. Others say the duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen is just too smooth. As Steely Dan mounts ...
Beware, Joaquin Phoenix. Even if you're serious about starting a rap career, few movie stars who release albums enjoy critical and commercial success. In another Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate "actor albums" from William Shatner, Zooey Deschanel, Juliette Lewis, Kevin Bacon and many others. Joining us are GQ staff writer Alex ...
Seventeen years. Thirteen million dollars. One Axl Rose. This week, the once-mythical Guns 'n' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" finally sees the light of day. But was it worth the wait? In another Soundcheck Smackdown, Lizzy Goodman of Blender magazine and rock writer Sean Manning ("Rock and Roll Cage Match") square ...