It's time to hear about some new releases! Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us to talk about what she's been listening to lately -- L.A. sister band HAIM, rapper Earl Sweatshirt and singer and songwriter Neko Case.
As one of rock’s most notorious frontmen, Iggy Pop has made many impressions -- and we’re asking for yours. Today, we've invited a few musicians and critics to join us with some of their stories. We check in with music journalist Sylvie Simmons, musician Ty Segall, Sophie Harris from Time Out New York, and Sarah Everton of the Philly-based band Bleeding Rainbow.
If you have a favorite misheard lyric -- or mondegreen -- Soundcheck wants to know!
As soon as you put words to music, there’s a good chance someone is going to misunderstand them. Misheard lyrics, or mondegreens, are funny -- but they also tell us something about how we listen. We queue up some classic misheard lyrics. Plus Local Natives perform in the studio.
Time Out New York music editor Sophie Harris shares three new tracks that have been tickling her ear buds as of late.
This week's Pick Three offer a trio of new releases that have gotten the stamp of approval from Time Out New York music writer Sophie Harris.
Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us to recap last night’s Grammy Awards. And, we discuss how the telecast and artists handled the death of singer Whitney Houston.
This week, thousands of bands, fans and industry folk have descended on New York for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. More than 1,300 acts perform - some of them multiple times - over the course of five days. Time Out New York's Sophie Harris joins us with some of her top picks from this year's festival.
On the heels of our Smackdown on the music world's most influential people, we'll zoom in on two of the biggest players in hip hop: rapper and father-to-be Jay-Z and producer and gadfly Kanye West. Music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York and Mojo joins us for a look inside the collaborative album "Watch the Throne." Plus, Sophie's picks for upcoming music that's not to be missed.
Grammy winning soul and R&B artist Amy Winehouse died Saturday at age 27. We talk about her life and career with music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York. Plus, we open the phones to hear your reactions to the British singer's death.
Today marks thirty years since the death of reggae icon Bob Marley. Guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York takes a look at the life and legacy of the Jamaican music legend. Plus: a live performance from Will Sheff and Patrick Pestorius of the folk-rock band Okkervil River.
Over 25 years and eight albums, the Beastie Boys have celebrated their hometown with brash shoutouts - and subtle inside jokes. Today: Guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York examines how the hip hop trio's newest album once again pays tribute to New York. Plus: British electronic composer James Blake brings his "post-dubstep" sound live to the Soundcheck studio.
Julian Casablancas and Co. debuted in 2001 with the critically acclaimed album Is This It and helped put New York rock back on the map. Now the Strokes are back - after a puzzling, difficult five-year hiatus - with the new album Angles. J. Edward Keyes, editor-in-chief of eMusic, and Sophie Harris, music writer for Time Out New York, join us to debate this comeback album.
Music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us live from Austin, Texas with a guide to this year’s South by Southwest music festival.
All eyes will be on the top categories at the Grammys on Saturday, but what about "Best Banda Album" or "Best Surround Sound Album?" Plus: Cyndi Lauper is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album...and "Helter Skelter" might win an award. Music critics Sophie Harris of Time Out New York and Chris Richards of The Washington Post help us go off the beaten path with a look at little-known categories, strange matchups, and unsung nominees. Plus, Nacional Records founder Tomas Cookman helps us parse out the many, many Latin music Grammy categories.
Taylor Swift called her second album Fearless, and with good reason: the 21-year-old singer seems to be on an unbreakable winning streak. Fearless was the top-selling album of 2009 and snared the Grammy for Album of the Year; Swift followed those successes last year with a blockbuster tour and a chart-topping third album, Speak Now. But not everyone’s got Taylor Fever.
On the newly-released Kanye West album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the rapper-producer states, "No one man should have all that power." Yet many critics are calling the album the best of the year. Today on Soundcheck: Guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York weighs whether Kanye can do no wrong, or is simply overblown. Also: Twin Shadow is the work of one George Lewis, Jr. He brings his synthesizers and pop sensibilities to perform live in the studio.
The new Kanye West album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” was officially released on Monday. Many music critics have already deemed it the best album of 2010. Guest host Sophie Harris talks with Ryan Dombal of the music review site Pitchfork, which gave “Fantasy” a rare perfect 10 out of 10. Plus: we take your calls and comments.
Da Capo Press has anthologized the best essays about music every year since 2000. Today on Soundcheck: a look through the 2010 edition as guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York talks with contributors. Plus: Electronic musician Matthew Dear visits a dark place on his latest album "Black City." He and his band play live in the studio.