Monday, September 01, 2014
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
All this month, Soundcheck is going to be looking and listening back to the summer of 1994. Members of the Soundcheck team reflect on what they were listening to 20 years ago.
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.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
In this episode: NPR Music’s Ann Powers joins us for a deep dive into Madonna’s 1998 album Ray of Light.
Plus: In 1984, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about growing up in Michigan. Thirty years later, Whitall -- who still works for the Detroit News as a music, features, and entertainment writer -- reflects on that interview with Madonna early on in her career.
And: Minneapolis rapper and singer Dessa — of the independent hip hop collective Doomtree — embraces a melodic side on her latest album Parts Of Speech. Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Twin Cities area is home to Doomtree, one of the best independent hip-hop collectives in the country. Dessa, its only female MC, has stepped up the singing on her new solo album, Parts Of Speech. Watch Dessa perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
In this episode: In his new memoir, Buck, writer and filmmaker MK Asante charts the story of his Philadelphia (or as he calls it, "Killadelphia") childhood, and finding an education through rap, poetry and mystical strangers.
Then, Soundcheck's ongoing series That Was A Hit!?! continues with a look at a musician whose entire career is one long string of improbabilities, including his second No. 1 hit, which zoomed its way to the top of the charts due to its use on the daytime soap General Hospital.
And singer-songwriter Siddhartha Khosla -- who fronts the band Goldspot -- performs songs from his new album Aerogramme, a record that brings together the story of his family's eastern roots with the sounds of his western pop music heroes.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Last night, Soundcheck host John Schaefer watched MTV's Video Music Awards, and weighs in on Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, 'NSYNC, Bruno Mars and more.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Ishmael Butler of the legendary hip hop group Digable Planets and now Shabazz Palaces reflects on Digable Planets' 1993 album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). The hosts of the podcast Movie Date talk about soundtracks from '93's biggest films. And Minor Empire performs in the studio.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Soundcheck continues its look back on the Summer of '93 with NPR Music's Frannie Kelley on hip hop and WDET's Ann Delisi on a few seminal rock releases. Plus British post-punk band Wire performs in the Soundcheck studio.
Friday, May 03, 2013
We caught up with WQXR's Terrance McKnight in the studio just before he went on-air to find out how what sparked his interest in music. Click here to watch the video interview.
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Monday, April 29, 2013
In this episode: Veteran producer Tony Visconti recently teamed up with David Bowie to ambush the pop world with the from-out-of-nowhere album “The Next Day.” Visconti talks about the secrecy that surrounded the album. Plus, we get a peek at some of his upcoming projects.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high. Daniel Gross, the global business editor of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, explain what it signals about the economy. Plus: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses his proposal for a registry for criminals who use guns; Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams; and three hip hop artists from the Middle East and North Africa.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
In this episode: A conversation about Wu-Tang, sneakers, race and authenticity with Eddie Huang and Heems. Last week, Soundcheck hosted a conversation with chef, author and hip hop-head Eddie Huang and former Das Racist rapper Heems. Today, we bring you their frank and funny conversation about race, food, music, culture and ethnicity – and a live performance from Heems and another former Das Racist member, Dapwell.
Plus: We revisit an earlier conversation with aspiring young chef Annick Giroux, who compiled recipes from some of her favorite metal bands for a book called “Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook.” She joined us by phone from Montreal back in 2010, and we speak with her about how she came up with the idea for the book -- and how she went about collecting recipes from members of bands like Anthrax, Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Author Adam Mansbach's innovative new novel, Rage Is Back, submerges readers into the world of graffiti and couples the book with an intriguing companion piece: a hip hop mixtape.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy says 2012 was all about newcomers -- namely, the young rapper Kendrick Lamar, and R&B singers The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.