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Jennifer Hudson 'Jenniferizes' New Album With Positive Energy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her "everyday person."

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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Go 'Cheek To Cheek' On New Album

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The legendary crooner and pop superstar have a natural chemistry on their new collaborative album, which might introduce a new generation of pop fans to the world of jazz.

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Hari Kondabolu On Funny Songs; Sarah Jaffe Plays Live; The Hold Steady's Craig Finn On The Replacements

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Comedian Hari Kondabolu shares his favorite funny songs. Sarah Jaffe performs in the Soundcheck studio. And The Hold Steady's Craig Finn shares his favorite songs by The Replacements.

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The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle's New Novel; A Music Guide To Victor Jara; Camera Obscura Plays Live

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle talks about his latest novel. A short guide to the music and life of Victor Jara. Camera Obscura performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Glass Animals: Otherwordly Ambient Rock

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oxford band, Glass Animals, performs its alien, ambient pop from its newest album, Zaba, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Buck 65 Crafts A Sonically Opulent Breakup Album

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The two-time Juno Award-winning Nova Scotian rapper returns with his most personal work yet, Neverlove, an album that documents his own divorce. Hear his latest single, "She Fades."
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Gig Alert: Raul Midón

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New York guitarist Raul Midón plays tonight at Littlefield. Download "Don't Hesitate."

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Cyndi Lauper, The Little Engine That Could

Monday, September 15, 2014

Alan Cumming is guest-hosting Studio 360 and his first priority was a sit-down with Cyndi Lauper, who is still reinventing her career after 30 years in pop music.
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Watch: Sarah Jaffe, In The Studio

Monday, September 15, 2014

Once an acoustic singer-songwriter, Sarah Jaffe's Don't Disconnect demonstrates a sonic transition to lush electro-pop artist. Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Youn Sun Nah

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paris-trained, Korean born jazz star sings tonight at Blue Note. Download "Lament."

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First Listen: Mapei, 'Hey Hey'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The rapper turned pop singer's accessible, soaring voice is propelled by genuine charisma and heart, as she constructs her savvy, sweet pop out of sonically irresistible ingredients.

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'20,000 Days' In The Life Of Nick Cave

Friday, September 12, 2014

The directors of the award-winning documentary talk about the film's unusual format -- which combines scripted narration and fly-on-the-wall footage -- and longtime friendship with Cave.

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That Was A Hit?!?: Enigma, 'Sadeness'

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chris Molanphy charts the unexpected and long-lasting popularity of Enigma's 1990 release, which stayed on the Billboard charts for five years and sparked a revival of Gregorian chants.

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Bob Mould Plays Live; '20,000 Days' In The Life Of Nick Cave; That Was A Hit?!? Enigma Edition

Friday, September 12, 2014

The former Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould plays live in the Soundcheck studio; a new documentary about the enigmatic Nick Cave; the unexpected success of Enigma's "Sadeness."

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Mirah, 'No Direction Home'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shot in a lighthouse window during a rainstorm, Mirah's newest video, for the song "No Direction Home," is a sultry tale of confusion and longing.

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How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The English art-rocker has returned to the stage after 35 years and set a new U.K. charts record. Soundcheck's John Schaefer rounds up ten of Bush's must-hear songs.

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How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush; Smoke Fairies Plays Live; Another Side Of Bob Dylan

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Soundcheck gets smarter about art pop singer Kate Bush; Smoke Fairies plays in the Soundcheck studio; A new book reveals another side to Bob Dylan.

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Gig Alert: Elephant Stone

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montreal trio merges powerful pop melodies and incendiary psychedelic sounds at The Rock Shop tonight. Download "Knock You From Yr Mountain."

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30 Years Ago, MTV Hosted The First VMAs

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The 30th anniversary of MTV's Video Music Awards is coming up on September 14. We look back at that momentous first broadcast of the awards ceremony.

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