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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?