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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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Greil Marcus Covers The History Of Rock 'N' Roll In Ten [Surprising] Songs

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The veteran music critic and author chooses ten songs that he believes embody the spirit of rock 'n' roll. 

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The 33 1/3 Book Series For Music Nerds Hits Volume 100

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Series editor Ally Jane Grossan and author Amanda Petrusich talk about the book series that explores the best-loved records of the last fifty years on its tenth anniversary.

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Bob Mould: Reflecting On 'Beauty And Ruin'

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Bob Mould, the former angst-ridden Husker Du and Sugar frontman, released his 11th studio album, Beauty & Ruin, earlier this summer. 

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Ask John Schaefer Anything; The 33 1/3 Series Hits 100; Anthony D'Amato Plays Live

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ask John Schaefer Anything (About Music) continues; The music book series 33 1/3 hits its 100th volume this year; folk rock songwriter Anthony D'Amato play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Song Premiere: Barbra Streisand And John Legend Together

Monday, September 08, 2014

"There really are no words to explain the kind of emotion you feel when you realize you're capturing that kind of lightning in a bottle," says producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

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The Best American Bands

Monday, September 08, 2014

Grantland writer Steven Hyden awarded boxing-style championship belts to the best American bands of the past 50 years.

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Drummer And Bandleader Sheila E.'s New Memoir; The American Band Championship Belt

Monday, September 08, 2014

Drummer Sheila E. has played with Prince, George Duke and more. She documents her life in music in her new memoir. Plus Steve Hyden picks the best American bands by era.

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Deborah Feingold: Capturing Music In Pictures For 30 Years

Friday, September 05, 2014

Deborah Feingold has been taking photos of iconic musicians for 30-plus years. She joins host John Schaefer to talk about her favorite portraits, collected in a new book called Music.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Songs That Define Your Teenage Years, And Jerry From Queens

Friday, September 05, 2014

A listener asks a question about songs that define John Schaefer's teenage years. Plus, an appearance from Jerry from Queens to corroborate. 

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My Husband's Stupid Record Collection: Wendy Carlos

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sarah O'Holla and her husband, On The Media producer Alex Goldman check in about her project, My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection, with a look at the music of Wendy Carlos.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything; Photographer Deborah Feingold; My Husband's Record Collection; Sylvan Esso Plays Live

Friday, September 05, 2014

Ask John Schaefer Anything continues; Photographer Deborah Feingold; My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection on Wendy Carlos; Sylvan Esso plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Smoke Fairies: Dreamy Pop With An Aura Of Mystery

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The British duo makes emotional, affecting pop that draws on folk and blues. Add their exquisite, beguiling harmonies and you have a can't-miss session in the Soundcheck studio.  

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Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch On Making 'God Help The Girl'

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Belle And Sebastian frontmant talks about his first foray into the world of film directing, and discusses some of the movie musicals that inspired him. 

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Ask John Schaefer Anything; Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Film Director; Black Sea Hotel Plays Live

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ask John Anything continues; Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch on his film God Help The Girl, Black Sea Hotel performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Political Songs, Go-To Karaoke Jams, And More

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Michael Azerrad, music writer and editor of The Talkhouse, poses questions about the state of political songs. Plus, a slew of listeners ask questions of their own.

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Black Sea Hotel: Delightfully Dissonant A Cappella

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The ethereal a cappella group performed live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Summer '94: The Enduring Legacy Of Portishead’s Cinematic ‘Dummy'

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Chris Molanphy, pop chart columnist, contributor to Pitchfork looks back at Portishead's trip-hop debut, Dummy, as part of Soundcheck's Summer '94 series. 

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Gig Alert: Kavita Shah

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Indian and African sounds meet jazz standards tonight... at Jazz Standard. Download 'Visions.'

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Ask John Anything; Portishead's Trip-Hop Debut 'Dummy;' Sultry Polylingual Pop From Alejandra Ribera

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Soundcheck debuts Ask John Anything; Looking back at Portishead's 1994 debut, Dummy; Canadian songwriter Alejandra Ribera performs selections from her latest album, La boca.

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