In Studio


Telmary: Electrifying Cuban Hip-Hop

Friday, March 27, 2015

Listen to the Cuban hip-hop pioneer play in the Soundcheck studio.



The Barr Brothers: Delicately Planted Folk Rock

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Montreal-based folk rock band The Barr Brothers—which, yes, includes a female harpist with no relation to either brother—is playing live. Hear it on the WNYC Special stream.


Spinning on Air

The Darkly Ecstatic Music of M. Lamar

Sunday, January 19, 2014

M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. David Garland welcomes M. Lamar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and to talk about his piece Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, and the many topics that inform and inspire his music.

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Pure Bathing Culture: Shimmering And Wistful Pop

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Watch Pure Bathing Culture perform its sweet and winsome songs from Moon Tides in the Soundcheck studio.



A Grab Bag of Recent Favorites: Brooklyn Rider, Talib Kweli, Iron and Wine and More

Friday, May 17, 2013

In this episode: We spin some of our favorite recent performances recorded in the Soundcheck studio -- including those from the folk-pop band Ivan and Alyosha, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, rapper Talib Kweli, and electro-pop musician Jamie Lidell.

Hear something you like? Check out the full sessions with each artist or band by clicking on the links below. 


So Nice, We're Playing It Twice: Ethan Hawke, Phoenix, Emmylou Harris and More

Friday, April 26, 2013

In this episode: We revisit some of the great in-studio performances we've heard on the show over the past few months, including in-studio visits from the French pop band Phoenix, actor Ethan Hawke, alt-country originals Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard


Joan Soriano: A Visit From The Duke Of Bachata

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's not everyday that we get royalty in the Soundcheck studio. But that certainly was the case when Duke of Bachata, singer and guitarist Joan Soriano, dropped by to perform with members of the Soriano Family Band.

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Nataly Dawn Isn't All Rainbows And Sugar Cookies

Monday, April 01, 2013

Hear the singer-songwriter perform songs from her solo album, 'How I Knew Her', in the Soundcheck studio.



The Sound Of Wall

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hear Lyla Foy, who records under the moniker Wall, perform songs from her upcoming EP Shoestring, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Yo La Tengo: In-Studio

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The veteran indie rock trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew joins us to play three delicate love songs from their new album, Fade.



Richard Thompson: Guitar Man, Bird Fan

Friday, February 08, 2013

Watch the English folk rock icon perform in the studio and talk about bird-watching, hockey and his new album, "Electric."

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Zach Brock: Jazz Violin In The Studio

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Jazz violinist Zach Brock brings his quartet to the Soundcheck studio.



In Studio: Cloud Cult

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cloud Cult began 15 years ago as the solo work of Minneapolis-based songwriter Craig Minowa -- and quickly expanded to include not only an array of instrumentalists, but also live painting on stage. The experimental indie band joins us to perform songs from their eighth studio album, Light Chasers, live in our studio.

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Spinning on Air

W-S Burn

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Simultaneously stark, intense, warm, and involving, the Tennessee-based duo W-S Burn performs on Spinning On Air.