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Kristeen Young: Beguiling And Visceral Rock

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hear the beguiling and visceral vocalist and musician play songs off her latest album, The Knife Shift, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Unknown Story Of Doc Pomus; The Real Story Of The Runaways; Kristeen Young

Thursday, June 26, 2014

In this episode: He called himself “Doc Pomus,” and he wrote some of the most iconic songs of the 1950s and '60s; songs like “Viva Las Vegas,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” But a recent documentary called "AKA Doc Pomus” aims to share the story of the man behind the hits -- a disabled Brooklyn songwriter who succeeded in the music industry against all odds. We talk with one of the film’s directors, Peter Miller, as well as Doc Pomus's daughter and the film’s producer, Sharyn Felder.

Then: The Runaways were an all-girl rock group that formed in L.A. in 1975, turned heads in New York at CBGBs, became stars in Japan -- and then crashed and burned after four short years. Now, the music writer Evelyn McDonnell has released a book called Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. She joins us to discuss the lasting legacy of the short-lived but influential band.

And: For many, Kristeen Young first made a splash in a performance with Morrissey on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007, wearing a handcrafted yet futuristic "bubble dress" that could rival anything in Lady Gaga's wardrobe. But it was her soaring voice and beguiling stage presence that actually managed to steal a little spotlight from Moz himself. Produced by frequent Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, Young's latest album, The Knife Shift, is an intense collection of bold rockers propelled by the furious drumming skills of Dave Grohl.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck. 

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Gig Alert: The Budos Band

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Gritty instrumental funk outfit brings some attitude to Bowery Ballroom. Download 'Unbroken, Unshaven.'

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About Last Night: Sylvan Esso And tUne-yArDs' Colorful Shows At Webster Hall

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Earlier this week, Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs wrapped up a month and a half-long tour with two back-to-back nights at New York’s Webster Hall. Soundcheck producers Mike Katzif and Katie Bishop attended the shows on two separate nights, and chatted afterward online about their post-show impressions and the two bands, which both released albums this year.

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Why We Love To Listen To Music Over And Over (Until We Don't)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Elizabeth Margulis -- the Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas and the author of On Repeat: How Music Plays The Mind -- explains why repetition and music are so closely intertwined. 

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Crowded House's Neil Finn Goes Solo Again, With Help From His Family

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hear New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn --the frontman for Crowded House -- perform songs from his new solo album, Dizzy Heights.

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Why We Love To Listen To Music Over And Over; Crowded House's Neil Finn Goes Solo Again

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In this episode: Research has found that generally the more that people hear a song, the more they like it -- unless, of course, they listen so much that they end up liking it even less than when they started. This topic is just one that's covered by Elizabeth Margulis, Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, in her book On Repeat: How Music Plays The Mind. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Margulis explains why repetition and music are so closely intertwined. 

Plus: For a time -- long before Hobbits, before Flight of the Conchords, and before Lorde -- New Zealand's biggest pop culture export was Neil Finn, the singer-songwriter and frontman of Split Enz and Crowded House. Finn's third solo record, Dizzy Heights, released in February, is both a collaboration (Dave Fridmann produced) and a family affair: his wife Sharon plays bass, and his sons Liam and Elroy play guitar and drums. And the result is a collection of dreamy psychedelic pop and soulful, R&B-inflected jams.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


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Gig Alert: The Courtneys

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Canadian rockers perform at Hammerstein Ballroom. Download '90210.'

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Shabazz Palaces Shares Some '#Cake'

Monday, June 23, 2014

There's an otherworldly cosmic tone in everything Shabazz Palaces members Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai Maraire create. And its brand new song "#CAKE" -- from the Seattle hip-hop group's upcoming album, Lese Majesty, seems perfectly suited to soundtrack your late night chillout after the party starts to peter out.

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Gig Alert: Tracy Silverman

Monday, June 23, 2014

Master of the electric violin performs The Cell Theatre. Download "Matisse: La Danse."

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Lana Del Rey: 'I Don't Have Other People In Mind'

Saturday, June 21, 2014

On the new Ultraviolence, Del Rey remains a pop star with the power to elude and confound. "I'm so used to writing for myself," she says. "I do it because I feel like I have to."

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Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox Of Lana Del Rey

Friday, June 20, 2014

Despite the fact that critics have dismissed her, Lana Del Rey's music — and her message of complicated love that approaches addiction — is more sophisticated than you might think.

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The Mix: The Songs Of The Summer

Friday, June 20, 2014

Revisiting the earworms of summers past will likely bring back sunny memories, as well as groan-inducing moments of "What was I thinking?"

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'House' Star Hugh Laurie On The Blues; Who Is Mike Bloomfield?; How A Japanese Hot Pot Dish Made It To No. 1

Friday, June 20, 2014

In this episode: Hugh Laurie is best known as the star of the former Fox drama House, which wrapped in 2012. But since the release of his debut album called Let Them Talk in 2011, he’s also made a name for himself as a blues musician. He joins us to talk about his followup to that record, called Didn’t It Rain.

Then: The blues influenced a generation of rock guitarists in the 1960s, many of whom would go on to become influential themselves: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. But how many people remember the name “Mike Bloomfield?” Not nearly enough, according to Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke. He explains why Bloomfield is “rock’s greatest forgotten guitar hero.”

And: Writer Paul Ford joins us for “That Was a Hit?!?,” Soundcheck's series about improbable chart success. Ford spins the saga of a No. 1 hit song called “Sukiyaki” -- or, at least, that’s how it was known in the U.S. -- by the Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.

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Interpol Mimics Shaky Fan Videos With 'Anywhere'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interpol’s last, self-titled album came out back in 2010, and unless you happened to catch the brooding New York band’s recent live performance at Governor’s Ball a couple weekends back, you probably have not heard much of the band's new music. Until today. Interpol has just shared a live concert music video for “Anywhere” -- a track from the band’s forthcoming, anagram-y titled album, El Pintor.

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Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Belgian pop artist took Europe by storm in 2009 with the song "Alors On Danse." Five years later, he hopes to ride a wave of new hits across the Atlantic.

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Gig Alert: Maria Minerva

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Singer who combines a heady array of dub, club, break-beat, and other dance rhythms performs at Baby's All Right. Download "The Beginning."

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The Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The genre known as "shoegaze" isn't very well understood -- probably because the label itself is awkward and misleading. Given the recent resurgence of the loud and melodic sound, Flavorwire senior editor Tom Hawking presents "The Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze."

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Watch: Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Watch the folk pop band Hurray For The Riff Raff perform songs from its forthcoming record, Small Town Heroes, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Ages And Ages, 'Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ages And Ages' jubilant plea for unity and understanding on the song "Divisionary" was made for a massive group singalong. The band's latest video finally delivers it, complete with a kids choir.

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