Adele's New Bond Song, Patti Smith For Pres, And Marco Benevento

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Today on Soundcheck, another nomination for our ongoing Musician In Chief series with KCRW's Anne Litt making a passionate case for iconoclast poet and singer Patti Smith. 

Then, with a new James Bond film set to hit the theaters in November, a new Bond song has debuted -- performed by Adele. How does it stack up against past Bond movie theme songs? Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson weighs in.

Pianist Marco Benevento, known for his work with the jazz and prog rock-based Benevento-Russo Duo, drops by the studio to perform songs from his latest album, including "Eagle Rock," a song known to most Soundcheck listeners as the opening theme song.

And get to know up-and-coming hip hop artist Chief Keef.