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Jen Larson And Deep River: Revitalizing Bluegrass In Brooklyn

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hear the bluegrass songwriter perform two of her own songs as well as a musical “gutpunch” from the repertoire of the celebrated Stanley Brothers.

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Hear music made by banjos, dulcimers, and other traditional Americana instruments, from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, & more.

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New Sounds

New Music for Banjo and Mandolin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New music for banjo and mandolin from the Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, Avi Avital, Ellipsis, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Schepps, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Concerts from The Frick Collection

'The Scottish Play' With Trio Settecento

Monday, September 08, 2014

 American period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento performs 18th century Scottish reels, variations and sonatas in a program they called "The Scottish Play."

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Gig Alert: Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

Monday, September 08, 2014

Michigan-based bluegrass and folk group plays at Rockwood tonight. Download 'Here Between.'

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Check Ahead: Chris Thile And Edgar Meyer, 'Bass & Mandolin'

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The bass-mandolin superduo teams up again on ten new originals that showcase their warm sound and virtuosic abilities on both instruments. 
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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abigail Washburn is a leading light of the Americana music scene. But she was on her way to study international law and practice in Beijing when a record by Doc Watson convinced her to pick up the banjo instead.

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Celebrating Nickel Creek's Triumphant Return In Brooklyn

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last night, after nearly seven years away pursuing other projects, Nickel Creek brought its reunion to Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. And they wasted no time in showing that they haven't lost their ability to delight with its deep roots in American string band music.

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The Virtuosic Bluegrass Of Nickel Creek; Caffè Lena Inspires A New Generation Of Folk Musicians

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In this episode: Nickel Creek wowed audiences when they burst onto the scene in the early '90s. A trio of precocious child prodigies -- Chris Thile on mandolin and banjo, Sara Watkins on fiddle, and her brother Sean Watkins on guitar -- Nickel Creek boasted adventurous songs that melded elements of progressive bluegrass and country, classical and jazz, traditional roots and rock, performed with ecstatic virtuosity and youthful liveliness. After eight years apart, the group recently reunited; we hear some of their new songs. 

Plus: Caffè Lena is one of the most influential folk music venues you've never heard of. Lena Spencer opened the cafè in 1960 and the Saratoga stage has been hosting some of the best folk musicians around ever since -- from Hedy West and Arlo Guthrie to Don McLean and Bob Dylan. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Jocelyn Arem -- the director of the Caffè Lena History Project -- talks about the new book and album about the venue and its history.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.

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Watch: Nickel Creek, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's been eight years since the phenomenal folk and bluegrass trio Nickel Creek released an album. In that time Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins each pursued myriad individual projects. But now they've finally regrouped with a new album, A Dotted Line. Watch the group perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Video: Sarah Jarosz: In The Studio

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watch the young folk songwriter perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: The Ebony Hillbillies

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The only all-black string band in NYC playing on the square outside Brooklyn Public Library tonight.

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R. Crumb Plays Live With East River String Band; Rock Journo Lisa Robinson Tells All

Friday, April 18, 2014

In this episode: Famed illustrator R. Crumb, who is also a huge fan of early folk and jazz, is an honorary member of New York's East River String Band. Or if he isn't, he should be -- he does all their artwork and plays live with them in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Lisa Robinson has interviewed and written about some of the biggest names in music, from Jay Z to John Lennon to Michael Jackson. Her new memoir, There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll, details her days spent with some of music’s shining stars, and offers perspective on a career spent working in a male-dominated field.

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Hear: R. Crumb And The East River String Band, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The famed illustrator, who is also a huge fan of early folk, old-time blues and jazz, is an honorary member of New York's East River String Band. Or if he isn't, he should be -- he does all their artwork and plays live with them in the Soundcheck studio.

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Nickel Creek on Nickelback

Thursday, April 03, 2014

It happens more often than you'd think. So John Schaefer had the bluegrass group listen to some Nickelback tunes and offer their thoughts.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andy Statman Performs Live

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New York City-born Klezmer and bluegrass musician Andy Statman performs live in our studio and talks about his latest album "Superstring Theory"

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hear banjos, dulcimers, and other instruments used in traditional Americana music, New Sounds-style on this show.  There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John.  Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements.

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Gig Alert: The Devil Makes Three

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The punk bluegrass band The Devil Makes Three plays at Webster Hall Thursday. Download "Stranger."

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Author Amy Tan; Writers Club: Women In Music; Bela Fleck And Brooklyn Rider

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In this episode: Best-selling author Amy Tan talks about her first book in eight years, The Valley of Amazement, tells us what playing in a band with Stephen King is like, and, she plays a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

Then, this week's Writers Club: Women In Music series continues with NPR Music's Ann Powers and RookieMag music editor Jessica Hopper, who share their favorite books about women in music.

And, the borders between musical styles come crashing down as the globetrotting banjo player Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play a live set in the Soundcheck studio.

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M.I.A. On 'Matangi;' Music That Makes You Sweat; Yonder Mountain String Band

Monday, November 04, 2013

In this episode: Rapper M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy: she once performed at the Grammys while nine months pregnant; she raised her middle finger at the Super Bowl; and she threatened to leak her latest album after arguments with the record label. M.I.A. discusses her long-delayed, eagerly-anticipated album Matangi.

Then, a new study shows that making music while working out can be beneficial. 

And, Colorado-based bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band performs in the Soundcheck studio.