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Muslims on the Mic

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the American History Guys

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Jim Oblon On Mountain Stage

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The young Nashville bluesman's live set in West Virginia shows off his furious guitar picking.

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Gig Alert: Otis Brown III

Monday, October 06, 2014

Lauded jazz drummer celebrates album release tonight at B.B. King's Blues Club. Listen to "The Way (Truth & Life)."

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Gary Clark Jr. Plays Live; The Legacy Of Stax Records; That Was A Hit?!? On Candyman

Friday, October 03, 2014

Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. plays solo in the Soundcheck studio. Looking back at the the legacy of Stax Records. That Was A Hit?!? explores the success of a 1990 song by Candyman.

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Gig Alert: Conrad Oberg

Monday, September 29, 2014

Twenty-year-old blues guitarist rocks Iridium tonight. Download "Spoonful."

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The Holmes Brothers On Mountain Stage

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Virginia-born band has been blending gospel, country and R&B for more than four decades.

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Selwyn Birchwood On World Cafe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hear three songs from the 29-year-old bluesman's new album, Don't Call No Ambulance.

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Deborah Feingold: Capturing Music In Pictures For 30 Years

Friday, September 05, 2014

Deborah Feingold has been taking photos of iconic musicians for 30-plus years. She joins host John Schaefer to talk about her favorite portraits, collected in a new book called Music.

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Gig Alert: Chris Thomas King

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Grammy-winning bluesman performs at Iridium tonight. Listen to his version of "The Wind Cries Mary."

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Watch: Trixie Whitley, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, August 22, 2014

The powerful soul singer Trixie Whitley brings songs from her triumphant debut album, Fourth Corner, live to the studio. Watch a video of her performance of the song 'Gradual Return.'

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Peter Hook On Joy Division; Trixie Whitley's Powerhouse Blues

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bassist Peter Hook reflects back on the influential post-punk group Joy Division; Trixie Whitley performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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PRI's The World

It's not every day that a 10-year-old blind boy from Quebec sings the blues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A blind 10-year-old boy from Quebec named Félix has become a YouTube sensation for his take on a B.B. King classic. And counselors at his summer camp for blind children say he's helping inspire other kids to have more confidence in themselves.

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John Németh: Channeling Vintage Memphis R&B

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Singer and harmonica player John Németh makes vintage-sounding soul and blues tunes with help from his veteran band The Bo-Keys. Hear Németh and Bo-Keys front-man, Scott Bomar, discuss their new record, Memphis Greaseand the old music that inspired it. 

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Jarekus Singleton On World Cafe

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Mississippi musician became serious about the blues after an injury stopped him from pursuing a basketball career. Singleton joins World Cafe to play three songs and tell the full story.

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First Aid Kit Plays Live; Blues Harmonica Player John Nemeth; Carla Bruni's 'Little French Songs'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is inviting special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and in-studio performances.

First: Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money podcast, takes a turn in the guest host chair and talks with the band First Aid Kit -- the Swedish duo made up of sisters Johanna and Clara Soderberg. The two play songs from their newest album, Stay Gold, and talk about the challenges and rewards of being in a band with the person who knows you best.

Then: David Garland, host of WNYC’s Spinning on Air, talks with blues singer and harmonica player John Nemeth, who plays live with his backing band, the Memphis soul outfit The Bo-Keys.

And, we listen back to Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen’s 2013 Soundcheck conversation with former French First Lady Carla Bruni, who played a couple of selections from her latest albumLittle French Songs – and charmed our entire staff with her elegant accent and joie de vivre.

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Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.

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Gig Alert: Robert Cray

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The blues guitar stalwart headlines the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival tonight, on the waterfront behind the World Financial Center. Take a listen to this track from his latest album "In My Soul."

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Chasing The World's Rarest 78 RPM Records

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

78 RPM records are sought by few and possessed by fewer, but they contain the output of some of popular music's most influential voices, and some that may yet be discovered. The writer Amanda Petrusich and producer Chris King tell Soundcheck about the rarefied world of 78 collecting.

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WNYC At 90: When Lead Belly Spoke With Woody Guthrie

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary, Soundcheck listens back to Lead Belly's WNYC radio program Folk Songs Of America, in which he was joined by folk icon Woody Guthrie.

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Summer '94 Listener Calls; The Rarest 78 RPM Records; Lead Belly's WNYC Show

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck hears from listeners about what they were doing and listening to 20 years ago, in the summer of 1994.

Then: Music writer Amanda Petrusich and record collector Chris King discuss her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records.

And: Back in 1940, folk and blues musician Lead Belly hosted his very own show on WNYC Radio, Folk Songs of America – produced by a young woman named Henrietta Yurchenko. Yurchenko would go on to become a famous ethnomusicologist -- and, at age 89, the co-founder of the Down Home Radio podcast. Soundcheck talks with her podcast co-host, Eli Smith, about Henrietta’s life – and about the time they both listened back to an episode of Folk Songs of America in which Lead Belly was joined by folk singer Woody Guthrie.