Pharrell Williams dominated 2013 with appearances on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and his own track "Happy," the Soundcheck team put on their Pharrell hats and took the record for a spin, and have these first impressions.
Beck has not put out a new record since 2008, but now (finally!) after a long wait and a ton of side projects, the iconoclast songwriter and producer is set to release Morning Phase on Feb. 25. Members of the Soundcheck team took the album for a spin and have these first impressions.
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.
Whether you're watching to see your favorite artists perform or to mercilessly criticize today's pop stars, we want you to join Soundcheck on Sunday night, Jan. 26 as we play Grammys bingo. Will Clive Davis get a shout-out? Can you spot Lang Lang? Is someone sporting sunglasses on stage? Get five in a row and tweet Bingo!
Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and classical pianist Jeremy Denk are among this year's recipients of the 24 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."
Team Soundcheck comes clean and reflects on a few of the albums released in 1993 that we missed the first time around, but have come to love and adore.
Whether you're sitting on a beach, relaxing at the pool, or simply escaping the peaking temperatures, hot sidewalks, and unrelenting, soupy humidity inside this summer, Soundcheck has a few favorite music-related books you will love to read.
Composer and electric guitarist John King plays at Roulette Friday night. Download the track "Astral Epitaphs."
Jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda plays at the Jazz Standard on Friday night. Download the track "Double Portion" here.
Garage rock band Pujol plays the Mercury Lounge on Thursday night. Download "DIY2K" from the album United States of Being.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alana Amram plays Union Pool Wednesday night with her band, The Rough Gems. Download the track "Wooden Houses."
Jazz composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia plays at Pianos on Tuesday night. Download the track "Sunshower."
Blues-rock guitarist Tyler Bryant plays the Studio at Webster Hall on Monday night with his band, The Shakedown. Download the track "Say A Prayer."
The experimental, psychedelic rock band Animal Collective plays Williamsburg Park Friday night. Download the track "Honeycomb."
Garage-soul band The Alabama Shakes play Terminal 5 Thursday night. Download the track "I Ain't The Same."
Indie pop band Tennis plays The Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download the new track "Origins."
British psychedelic band Django Django plays The Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night. Download the track "Life's a Beach."
Moira Smiley and VOCO is a vocal group that combines the energy of vaudeville with the gracefulness of a string quartet plus a healthy dose of folk-punk spirit. Download their arrangement of the song “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy." The group plays The Jalopy Theatre on Monday night.
R&B singer Bettye Lavette performs at The Highline Ballroom Friday night. Download her interpretation of the Gnarls Barkley radio hit "Crazy" from her new album Thankful N' Thoughtful.