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Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens: Fiery Spirit In A 'Cold World'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens bring their Daptone-bad selves to the Soundcheck studio to play songs from their new album Cold World.

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Gig Alert: Nels Cline

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Wilco guitarist and his friends are at The Stone this week. Download 'Companion Piece.'

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Idina Menzel Returns To Broadway; Michael Franti Turns To Yoga

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

In this episode: Idina Menzel became a household name as the voice of Queen Elsa in the Disney animated film Frozen -- singing the movie’s blockbuster song, “Let It Go.” But her roots are on Broadway, where she originated the roles of both Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked. Now, she’s back on Broadway as the lead of the show If/Then. Hear Menzel talk about motherhood, fate and her rabid “Fanzels” and watch her perform selections from If/Then in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Michael Franti is best known as the leader of the band Spearhead, but he’s also passionate about yoga. This summer, he’s heading up a tour that combines both – inviting audiences to participate in a class before the concert begins. Franti talks about what led him to put down the bong and pick up the yoga mat, and with instructor Nicole Newman about whether music belongs in the yoga classroom and how yoga can help musicians with their aches and pains.

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David Gray: Striking Melodies Set To Ornate Ambience

Monday, August 04, 2014

The British pop singer-songwriter turned to trip-hop producer Andy Barlow to craft his new sonically-enhanced songs. Hear him perform a few selections from Mutineers -- as well as a tune from his breakthrough record, White Ladder -- in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Ratking

Monday, August 04, 2014

Harlem hip hop group is at SOB's tonight. Listen to 'Canal.'

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First Listen: JJ, 'V'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

On V, the Swedish duo strikes a curious balance among wildly divergent sounds. Along the way, it draws from cringe-worthy soft pop, indie-rock, and cutting-edge R&B and hip-hop.

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First Listen: Sarah Jaffe, 'Don't Disconnect'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A ferociously intelligent singer-songwriter, Jaffe never stops inventing, reinventing, exploring and reflecting on her (and our) place in a forbidding, foreboding world.

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First Listen: Sinead O'Connor, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

On her 10th album, O'Connor returns to familiar ground, yet still widens the scope of rock with frank, urgent, compelling songwriting that proves how complicated the idea of the personal can be.

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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

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Gig Alert: Mucca Pazza

Friday, August 01, 2014

Huge punk-tinged brass band plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Download "Sexy Bull."

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These Summer '94 Songs Defined An Era

Thursday, July 31, 2014

All summer long, Soundcheck has been turning back the clock 20 years, and revisiting the big hit songs, the important albums and more from the summer of 1994. Relive that era and its music with a giant Spotify playlist featuring Weezer, Nas, Jeff Buckley, Lisa Loeb, and so much more.

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Gig Alert: Erin And Her Cello

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quirky cellist and her band play album release show at Joe's Pub tonight. Download "Bonbons Chocolat."

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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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First Aid Kit Plays Live; Blues Harmonica Player John Nemeth; Carla Bruni's 'Little French Songs'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is inviting special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and in-studio performances.

First: Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money podcast, takes a turn in the guest host chair and talks with the band First Aid Kit -- the Swedish duo made up of sisters Johanna and Clara Soderberg. The two play songs from their newest album, Stay Gold, and talk about the challenges and rewards of being in a band with the person who knows you best.

Then: David Garland, host of WNYC’s Spinning on Air, talks with blues singer and harmonica player John Nemeth, who plays live with his backing band, the Memphis soul outfit The Bo-Keys.

And, we listen back to Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen’s 2013 Soundcheck conversation with former French First Lady Carla Bruni, who played a couple of selections from her latest albumLittle French Songs – and charmed our entire staff with her elegant accent and joie de vivre.

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Gig Alert: Jones Family Singers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Family R&B group perform for the first time in New York at Damrosch Park tonight. Download "Down On Me."

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Karaoke With Rob Sheffield; Future Bible Heroes Play Live

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his recent karaoke-themed memoir called Turn Around Bright Eyes – and about his favorite karaoke jams, do’s and don’ts in the karaoke booth, and karaoke’s meteoric U.S. rise from obscure Japanese hobby to mainstream American entertainment. 

Plus, the Soundcheck staff shares some of their karaoke hits and misses – from Temple of the Dog to Whitney – and asks listeners to do the same.

And: Synth-pop ensemble Future Bible Heroes recently put out Partygoing, its first full-length album since 2002’s Eternal Youth. Anchored by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, the group performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Melvis Santa

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cuban diva and her quartet perform at Minton's Harlem tonight. Download "Inmensidad."

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Watch: Moby, In The Studio

Monday, July 28, 2014

Watch Moby perform an extended session of new songs from Innocents and old classics in the Soundcheck studio.

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Summer '94: Tough Critics On Ace Of Base

Monday, July 28, 2014

Soundcheck returns to New York's Little Red School House to see what a trio of precocious grade schoolers think about one of the most ubiquitous songs of the early '90s, Ace Of Base's "The Sign."

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Moby Plays From 'Innocents' And Shares Three Favorite Songs

Monday, July 28, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.

Today, songwriter, producer, DJ and sardonic wit Moby returns to Soundcheck for an extended session and conversation with John Schaefer. Hear him play songs from his 11th studio album, 2013's Innocents, and other songs from his back catalogue.

Plus: Moby shares a Pick Three playlist of music that he loves right now.

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