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George Clinton On A Lifetime Aboard The Mothership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With the airwaves full of new funky rhythms from Kendrick to D'Angelo, Soundcheck revisits its career-spanning interview with George Clinton.

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Gig Alert: Maxo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Smooth jazz as reimagined for Super Nintendo; Maxo is at Baby's All Right tonight. 

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Gig Alert: Van Davis

Monday, March 16, 2015

Soulful ensemble plays with some special brassy accompaniment at Arlene's Grocery.

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Gig Alert: THEESatisfaction

Friday, March 06, 2015

Seattle based space-jazz and Afro-funk duo play a record release party at Santos Party House tonight.

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Gig Alert: Les Nubians

Monday, March 02, 2015

French-Cameroonian sisters bring their 'Afropean' grooves to Brooklyn Bowl tonight to promote the first African camp at Burning Man. 

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Gig Alert: The Jay Vons

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stewards of classic Stax sounds play tonight at Rough Trade. "Listen to Night (Was Stealing From The Sun)."

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Mucca Pazza: Colorfully Clashing Marching Band Rock

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hear the colorful and sprawling marching band Mucca Pazza bring its wild circus show to the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Hailu Mergia

Friday, January 09, 2015

Ethiopian synth-funk pioneer plays at Drom this Saturday. Give your squeezebox a squeeze to "Amrew Demkew."

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Gig Alert: Brian Charette

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hammond B-3 maestro plays funk, jazz, and more at 55 Bar tonight. Here's "The Kicker." 

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Gig Alert: James Brown Tribute Show

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Papa Gotta Brand New Bag for Christmas.

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Interview: Herbie Hancock On A Lifetime Of Musical Possibilites

Monday, November 03, 2014

For more than 50 years, the jazz iconoclast and fusion pioneer has seemingly done it all. He reflects on his life in music, struggles with addiction, and Buddhism in his new memoir.

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Gig Alert: Peliroja

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Afro-Cuban-Caribbean soul-funk melting pot plays Joe's Pub. Download "Bohemio." 

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George Clinton On A Lifetime Aboard The Mothership; Twin Peaks Plays Live

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Funk pioneer George Clinton reflects on a long career in his new book, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? Plus, Twin Peaks plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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James Brown's Rise Revealed In The Explosive 'Mr. Dynamite'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Filmmaker Alex Gibney captures James Brown's career as a rising funk star rooted in the jazz and big band era in his new documentary, Mr. Dynamite.

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How To Be Smarter About... Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks'; The Revivalists Play Live

Friday, August 15, 2014

In this episode: When Soundcheck asked listeners to tell us what they wish they were smarter about, one response begged to explain why Van Morrison -- and in particular, his 1968 album Astral Weeks – is so beloved and has such an enduring legacy. Billboard’s Joe Levy gives a thorough explanation.

And: New Orleans is known for jazz, zydeco, hip-hop... and now, thanks to The Revivalists, a kind of Southern-flavored, funk-infused indie-rock. The septet makes music that has echoes of Dr. John, maybe a little Sly and the Family Stone, and perhaps a smidge of Kings of Leon. Hear the band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Revivalists: Warm New Orleans Funk Rock

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hear the New Orleans funk-rock band The Revivalists perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Outernational

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eclectic and punk-inflected rock band plays Bowery Electric. Download 'Future Rock'

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Gig Alert: The Budos Band

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gritty instrumental funk outfit brings some attitude to Bowery Ballroom. Download 'Unbroken, Unshaven.'

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Gig Alert: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Afrobeat superstar plays Highline Ballroom tonight. Download "IMF."

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Gig Alert: Sophistafunk

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Syracuse-based trio featuring keys, drums, and a mic plays Brooklyn Bowl. Download "Gotta Walk."

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