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Josh Rouse Gets Back Together with Himself

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The restless songwriter visits the Soundcheck studio to play songs from his new album, 'The Embers of Time.'

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Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady Picks His Favorite Replacements Songs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The lead singer of the Hold Steady shares a stage with his Minnesotan indie heroes The Replacements tomorrow night at Forest Hills Stadium. He guides Soundcheck through their music.

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Wildcat! Wildcat!: Expansive Pop With Big Hooks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hear the Los Angeles indie band Wildcat! Wildcat! perform its expansive pop in the Soundcheck studio.

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First Aid Kit: Two Sisters Create Wistful Folk

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The two sisters who make up First Aid Kit create wistful folk on their new record Stay Gold. Hear them talk about the record with Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale, and perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Music And Dementia In 'Alive Inside'; Camera Obscura Plays Live; The Fictional History Of The Theremin

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In this episode: The documentary Alive Inside is about the powerful impact that music can have on senior citizens with severe dementia. The film focuses on the work of one social worker, Dan Cohen, who joined us in 2012 to talk about his work. He returns to Soundcheck with the director of Alive Inside, Michael Rossato-Bennet.

Then: The latest album from the Scottish band Camera Obscura features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio, and reflects on coming backafter a hiatus and health struggles, and on Scotland's upcoming referendum on independence.

And: The theremin is an instrument that seems to be from the future. It’s played by waving your hands between two antennas -- without actually touching anything. But in fact, the theremin was invented almost a century ago, peaking in popularity in the 1950s, when its eerie sound appeared in film scores like The Thing and The Day The Earth Stood Still. And in 1966, the Beach Boys used an instrument called the Electro-Theremin, also known as the Tannerin, on their classic hit “Good Vibrations.” Now the theremin and its creator, Leon Theremin, are the subject of the new book by Sean Michaels, Us Conductors, a fictionalized take on the life of the instrument’s inventor.

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Camera Obscura: Brutal Honesty Through Soothing Love Songs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Scottish band's most recent album features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Mélanie Pain

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dreamy indie pop singer performs at Brookfield Place Winter Garden tonight. Download "Non."

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Gig Alert: Walter Martin

Friday, May 16, 2014

The songwriter and instrumentalist for The Walkmen celebrates his new solo record tonight at Joe's Pub. Download "Sing To Me" — and watch a live performance on Soundcheck.

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Gig Alert: Here We Go Magic

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NYC electro-pop band plays on the East River waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight. Download "How Do I Know."

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Gig Alert: Alexandra Stewart

Friday, April 04, 2014

Indie folk songs with an electronic spine during the Pandora Showcase at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Download "Soul Like A Ghost."

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Gig Alert: Wild Ones

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Shimmering synth-pop group plays Webster Hall. Download "Paia."

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Gig Alert: Frankie Rose

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

She an indie songstress with a dark pop sound, and she opens for White Lies at Webster Hall tonight. Get her track 'Street Of Dreams.'

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Pick Three: Paul Krugman

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For today’s Pick Three, we’re joined by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, author, professor and self-described “60-year-old wannabe hipster” Paul Krugman. He talks about why he stopped listening to new music years ago – and shares three tracks that convinced him to start listening again. 

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12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: Lucius, 'Turn It Around'

Monday, December 23, 2013

On Monday December 23, download a special live performance of Lucius's song "Turn It Around," recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: Dirty Projectors, 'Impregnable Question'

Monday, December 16, 2013

On Monday, December 16 download a special live performance of the Dirty Projectors' song "Impregnable Question," recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Of Montreal, In The Studio

Monday, October 28, 2013

Watch Of Montreal perform songs from Lousy With Sylvianbriar live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Jonathan Demme's Music Doc; The Head And The Heart In Studio

Monday, October 14, 2013

This this episode: Filmmaker Jonathan Demme is perhaps best known for The Silence Of The Lambs and Rachel Getting Married, as well as the classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. But his 2012 music documentary is about relatively unknown Italian saxophonist Enzo Avitabile.

Plus, indie folk band The Head And The Heart performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Head and The Heart: In The Studio

Monday, October 14, 2013

Seattle indie folk band The Head and The Heart performs songs from its new album Let's Be Still live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: She Keeps Bees

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Indie rock band She Keeps Bees plays Glasslands Thursday night. Download "Counter Charm."

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Survivors: Kylie Minogue, Keith Sweat, And Low

Friday, August 23, 2013

Soundcheck is revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past year. Today, we're presenting "Survivors," featuring veteran musicians who have beaten the odds and carved out a space for themselves after decades in the industry.

In this episode: Dance floor diva Kylie Minogue reflects on 25 years of music and fashion.

Plus: In the late 1980s, Keith Sweat helped pioneer the fusion of hip-hop beats and R&B grooves known as New Jack Swing. Now, he’s giving love advice to fans in a new book and on his radio show.

And: For two decades, Low has created some of the most intense “quiet” indie rock around. We talk with Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, the husband and wife duo behind the Minnesota-based trio, about their 20th anniversary. And, the group plays songs from its new album, The Invisible Way.

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