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On Our Minds: Kim Gordon

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon’s new memoir, “Girl in a Band,” is on our minds this week. The book chronicles the influential band’s career and the end of the marriage between Gordon and fellow co-founder Thurston Moore after 27 years.

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Tori Amos Plays Live; The ‘Doolittle’ Challenge

Monday, September 01, 2014

Tori Amos plays music from Unrepentant Geraldines in an intimate solo piano performance; New York Times music writer Ben Sisario discusses the influence of the Pixies album Doolittle.

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Wry Climate Creates A Hazy Home Movie

Monday, November 18, 2013

Watch the music video for Wry Climate's new song "Low Tide."

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Watch: Teen, In The Studio

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Watch the Brooklyn band TEEN perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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They Were Augustines, Now They're Back With A New Name And New Song

Friday, September 13, 2013

The indie rock band once called We Are Augstines has now changed its name to simply Augustines. The band has also unveiled a new track "Cruel City" for an album due in January.

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Hear Youth Lagoon's New Song 'Dropla'

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hear "Dropla," a stirring new song from Youth Lagoon's upcoming sophomore record Wondrous Bughouse

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Dirty Projectors In The Studio, Harsh Reviews Revisited

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Acclaimed and boundary pushing indie rock band Dirty Projectors stop by the studio to play songs from its latest album Swing Lo Magellan. Then, we revisit some bad early reviews of now-classic albums.

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Early 2013 Music, Previewing Winter Jazzfest And Globalfest, And Milo Greene

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Today on Soundcheck, we put 2012 behind us and look ahead to the new year. Buzzfeed music editor Matthew Perpetua previews a slew of upcoming winter music releases from Tegan & Sara, A$AP Rocky and Yo La Tengo. And a preview of Winter Jazzfest and Globalfest, two music festivals taking over New York City in one jam-packed weekend later this month.

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Mike Katzif's 2012 Music Survey

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Soundcheck producer Mike Katzif shares his favorite music of year.

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The Brooklyn Philharmonic At The Winter Garden

Friday, November 30, 2012

Back in October, Soundcheck took over the stage at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. Tonight, we'll hear the Brooklyn Philharmonic collaborating with a pan steel orchestra and two different indie musicians. Then, British neo-soul band performs in the studio.

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Pinback's Stolen Glory

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When Pinback bassist Zach Smith's custom-made instrument was stolen during a gig in San Diego, the band's drummer snapped into action. They recount the chase that ensued. Plus, watch the indie rock band perform "Proceed To Memory" in the Soundcheck studio.

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Yo La Tengo's 'Heart' Still Beating 15 Years Later

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A classic indie album turns 15. Today, we take a closer look at I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One from the band Yo La Tengo.

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Micachu and the Shapes: In Studio

Friday, June 01, 2012

The London-based band Micachu and the Shapes - led by multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Mica Levi - made an indie rock splash in 2009 with their debut album, "Jewellery." The group's follow-up, called "Never," comes out in July - and today, we get a preview.

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Shearwater: In Studio

Friday, May 04, 2012

Since forming a decade ago in Austin as a more contemplative offshoot of the indie-rock band Okkervil River, Shearwater has used harps, glockenspiels, and singer Jonathan Meiburg's delicate falsetto to construct expansive concept albums about man's relationship to nature. Now, with their eighth studio album Animal Joy, the band strips down and amps up the energy for a more rock-oriented sound. Shearwater returns to our studio to play live.

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Girl in a Coma: In Studio

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

San Antonio-based trio Girl in a Coma takes their name from The Smiths’ song “Girlfriend in a Coma” – but their Texas-influenced indie rock sound is all their own. They join us in the Soundcheck studio to play an acoustic set of songs from their latest album, the Joan Jett-approved “Exits and All the Rest.”

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Andrew Bird: Live from the Greene Space

Friday, March 30, 2012

Andrew Bird’s brand of indie rock doesn’t sound like anyone else’s. The violinist, singer, and film composer uses digital delay and electronics to blend the sounds of pop and chamber music. He’ll play songs from his new album, “Break It Yourself,” live in the Greene Space.

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R.E.M. Splits Up After 31 Years

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Since the 1980s, R.E.M. has been a reliable presence on the pop music scene. Songs like "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and "Losing My Religion" helped define what indie rock would sound like for the next two decades; and for better or for worse, songs like "Everybody Hurts" and "Shiny Happy People" will forever be a part of our alt rock lexicon. Now that they've disbanded, what are we to make of their place in the rock canon?

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The Indie bands' Dead

Friday, September 10, 2010

John Schaefer says: no "guilty" pleasures in music

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Selling Well or Selling Out?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Arcade Fire succeeds while sticking to their guns.

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