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Gig Alert: A Decade Of Soul

Monday, September 01, 2014

Relive the massive soul hits of the sixties as performed by those who were there. Listen to The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk."

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Novelist Philipp Meyer Picks Three; That Was A Hit?!? 'Kung Fu Fighting' Edition; Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks In Studio

Friday, August 29, 2014

Philipp Meyer picks songs that pick sides; Chris Molanphy explains the perfect storm for a truly weird hit; Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks perform selections from Wig Out At Jagbags.

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At The VMAs, Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Play With Personas

Monday, August 25, 2014

On this Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the MTV Video Music Awards, which culminated in some epic Beyonce.

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Sarah McLachlan On World Cafe

Friday, August 22, 2014

The multimillion-selling singer-songwriter plays songs from her new album, Shine On, and discusses how her divorce and the death of her father have affected her work.

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Peter Hook On Joy Division; Trixie Whitley's Powerhouse Blues

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bassist Peter Hook reflects back on the influential post-punk group Joy Division; Trixie Whitley performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Summer '94: Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' At 20

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer and Marah Eakin, Associate Editor for A.V. Club, discuss the attitude behind Definitely Maybe, the landmark debut album by British rockers Oasis. 

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Electric Zoo Preview; Liam Bailey Plays Live; Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' At 20

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to stay safe at electronic dance music festivals; British guitarist Liam Bailey plays live; Oasis' debut is now 20.

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Alejandra Ribera: Sultry Polylingual Pop From North Of The Border

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hear the Award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter plays selections from her latest album of "polylingual pop."

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Taylor Swift Aims For Pop's Throne

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world's biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.

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How To Be Smarter About... New Age; Boyhood's Solo Beatles Mixtape; In The Valley Below Plays Live

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 Soundcheck and the New York Times contributor Mike Rubin help Gem Club's Christopher Barnes get smarter about the much-maligned genre New Age.

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Gig Alert: Alejandra Ribera

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Canadian polyglot singer plays at Joe's Pub. Download 'I Want.'

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Hear: Liam Bailey, In The Studio

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hear the songwriter Liam Bailey perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Top 40 In A Summer Of Discontent

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's striking how little current pop hits reflect the angst and anger that have dominated this summer's news. But critic Ann Powers finds that one of 2014's biggest songs offers unexpected guidance.

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Senior Moments On The Charts; Benmont Tench Plays Live; Josephine Baker's 'Rainbow Tribe'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chris Molanphy gives a quiz about middle-aged artists (like Tom Petty and “Weird Al” Yankovic) who are scoring No. 1 albums for the first time.

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The 'Garden State' Soundtrack: Still Changing Lives After Ten Years

Monday, August 18, 2014

Soundcheck talks to Buzzfeed's Reggie Ugwu about the impact of the compilation which introduced many to the likes of The Shins, Coldplay, Iron & Wine, and more. 

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In The Valley Below: Synth Pop With Sensual And Swampy Ambience

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hear the Los Angeles synth pop duo In The Valley Below perform songs from its upcoming debut in the Soundcheck studio.

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Three Must-Hear New Songs From The Vaselines, Young Buffalo, Jenny Hval And Susanna

Monday, August 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer listens to a lot of music over the course of a week. Here's three of his favorite tracks that caught his ear, both for the music and the stories behind them.

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On Music; The 'Garden State' Soundtrack, 10 Years Later; Gem Club Plays Live

Monday, August 18, 2014

In this episode: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about his foray into film with the new comedy Are You Here, starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Plus: Weiner shares three favorite songs – and explains why he used Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” on Mad Men.

Then: Ten years ago, the comedy drama Garden State showed off a different side of television star Zach Braff -- who wrote and directed the film. It also gave us some soon-to-be-influential songs from Iron & Wine, Cary Brothers and, of course, The Shins (who apparently did change some lives). Reggie Ugwu of Buzzfeed explains why the soundtrack clicked with a generation.

And: The Boston chamber pop band Gem Club’s latest album, In Roses, sees the band moving out of their bedrooms (where they recorded their last record) into John Vanderslice’s San Francisco studio. Hear the trio — piano, cello, and vocals — perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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More Than Just 'Somebody': Kimbra's New Groove

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Most listeners know Kimbra as the woman who crashes Gotye's pity party on the 2011 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." The guest spot lent a pop-world boost to an eclectic career already in progress.

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Painting Her Songs In The Air, Imogen Heap Keeps Innovating

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Grammy-winning songwriter has a Midas touch of sorts: Everything she touches turns to tech. Heap speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new album and the electronic gloves she used to make it.

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