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Summer '94: Lisa Loeb's 'Stay'; Emma Straub Picks Three; Jenny Scheinman And Friends Play Live

Monday, July 07, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck continues its look back 20 years ago to the summer of 1994 with the once-ubiquitous Lisa Loeb song "Stay (I Missed You)." Twenty years ago, it was everywhere… on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks in August. In good company with Ace of Base, Boyz II Men and others, Lisa Loeb was different in one key way: She wasn’t signed to a label. Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio tell the story of the song.

Then: Brooklyn author Emma Straub -- who has a summer hit with her breezy new novel, The Vacationers -- shares three favorite songs as part of a Pick Three playlist.

And: Violinist and songwriter Jenny Scheinman brings guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade to the Soundcheck studio to play songs from her new album, The Littlest Prisoner.

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Puss N Boots: Breathing New Life Into Country Rock Classics

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hear the all-star singer-songwriter trio comprised of Norah Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson perform songs from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Summer '94: The Staying Power Of Lisa Loeb's Biggest Hit

Monday, July 07, 2014

Twenty years ago, Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" was everywhere: on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV, and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks in August. Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio tell the story of the song.

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Gig Alert: Widowspeak

Friday, July 04, 2014

Psychedelic pop duo plays Union Pool tomorrow. Cool off with 'Calico.'

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Behind The Supremes; How 'Dancing In The Street' Got People Moving

Friday, July 04, 2014

Soundcheck takes a look back 50 years, to the summer of 1964 -- a year also known as "The Freedom Summer."

First: For a time, the most successful American performers of the 1960s, The Supremes rivaled even The Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky shares some stories behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” -- and shows how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential to the evolution of modern music.

Then: Writer Mark Kurlansky delves into Martha and the Vandellas' hit song “Dancing in the Street,” and the new meaning it took on during the Civil Rights movement.

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Behind The Supremes

Friday, July 04, 2014

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky joins us to get behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” and to show how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential ...

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Linda Perry: A Non-Blonde Turned Music Mogul And Reality TV Star

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Linda Perry's voice is known to anyone who's every belted along to 4 Non Blondes' 'What's Up.' Now she's bringing her unique personality to a new VH1 show called 'Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project.' She joins John Schaefer to talk about her many contributions behind-the-scenes in the music biz.

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The Hits Of Yesterday And Today

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Many of today's biggest radio hits came out months — even years — ago. That extended lifespan can change your relationship with a song, but it's not always a matter of overexposure.

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Watch: Au Revoir Simone, In The Studio

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Hear the Brooklyn synth pop trio perform songs from its 2013 album, Move In Spectrums, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Blackbird Blackbird

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Dreamy synth beds and golden melodies at Mercury Lounge tonight. Download 'Hold On.'

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Dan Croll On World Cafe

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The British electro-pop musician released his aptly named debut, Sweet Disarray, earlier this year. Hear him perform three songs live in the studio.

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A Rational Conversation: Is Charli XCX A Pop Star?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Opportunities for the British singer and songwriter have not shriveled up, despite disappointing sales for her debut album. What could be her route to stardom from here?

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Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year's best songs.

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Summer '94: Where Were You, And What Were You Listening To?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

All this month, Soundcheck is going to be looking and listening back to the summer of 1994. Members of the Soundcheck team reflect on what they were listening to 20 years ago.

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Broken Twin: 'No Darkness'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In Broken Twin's stark new video for the song "No Darkness," singer Majke Voss Romme draws a circle of sand around herself as a shield from the grief she's summoned through song.

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San Fermin: Live At RadioLoveFest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Hear the exuberant chamber pop band play for Soundcheck at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater.

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Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam; Summer Of '94 Quiz; San Fermin Plays At BAM

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In this episode: Russell Simmons is the entrepreneur and entertainment mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records among a plethora of other highly successful business ventures. It’s his first visit to our studio, but not to our address: 160 Varick Street was Def Jam’s home in the mid-1990s. Simmons shares some memories from those days and reflects on 30 years of Def Jam.

Then: Take a look and listen back 20 years, to the summer of 1994, with a short quiz recorded live at Soundcheck's event at the BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest in June.

And: Hear the exuberant chamber pop band San Fermin perform a high energy set at BAM from RadioLoveFest.

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Michael Jackson, The Businessman; Hamilton Leithauser Plays RadioLoveFest

Monday, June 30, 2014

In this episode: Michael Jackson wasn't called the King of Pop for nothing. He raked in more than a billion dollars in his career and it seems death could not slow him down. He’s made more than $700 million in the five years since his death, more than any other artist over that time. So how did he do it? Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg sets out to answer that question in his new book Michael Jackson, Inc.

Plus: In the wake of The Walkmen's indefinite hiatus, many of the beloved Brooklyn band's members have moved on to pursue other projects -- including frontman and singer Hamilton Leithauser, who released his solo debut, Black Hours, in early June. Known for his rafters-shaking vocals and cathartic rock anthems, Leithauser and his brand new backing band played songs from Black Hours at Soundcheck’s event at the BAM Harvey Theater on June 7 as part of WNYC's RadioLoveFest.

 

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The Two-Sided Business Of Michael Jackson

Monday, June 30, 2014

Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc., discusses the brilliant and boneheaded investments that built the star's billion dollar estate, and left him deep in debt up until his death in 2009.

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Hamilton Leithauser: Live At RadioLoveFest

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hear The Walkmen frontman perform songs from Black Hours at Soundcheck’s event at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater on June 7 as part of RadioLoveFest.

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