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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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Gig Alert: Mercan Dede

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Turkish DJ and producer who merges traditional Sufi music and contemporary electronic sounds closes the Global Beat Festival tonight at Brookfield Place Winter Garden. Download “Mercanistan.”

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A Young Man's Loneliness, And His Soulful Falsetto

Monday, June 16, 2014

The 22-year-old British singer Sam Smith broke through as the high-note voice snaking through an international club anthem. Now, he's written and recorded a debut album about love and loss.

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Check Ahead: Phish, 'Fuego'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Twelve albums and more than 1,500 shows into its career, Phish has never seemed more at ease embracing what it does best, while still trying to refine and reinvent its own formulas.

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Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

Sunday, June 15, 2014

There was a time when you didn't know what the No. 1 song in America was until Casey Kasem said so. The listener had an emotional relationship with the American Top 40 host for four decades.

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Watch: Amen Dunes, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, June 13, 2014

Amen Dunes began as the personal project of Damon McMahon in 2006, blending indie folk, 60's psychedelia and stripped-down, lo-fi rock. Watch Amen Dunes perform songs from its new album, Love, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Mélanie Pain

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dreamy indie pop singer performs at Brookfield Place Winter Garden tonight. Download "Non."

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The Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Indie Music; Loudon Wainwright III On 'Surviving Twin'; People Get Ready Plays Live

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In this episode: We bring you the music you probably won't hear during the World Cup, in the latest installment of our Soundcheck Guide to Brazil. Julia Furlan, Buzzfeed audio editor and WNYC contributor, gives us a guided tour of some of the best indie bands making music in Brazil today.

Plus: Singer-songwriter and member of the illustrious Wainwright clan, Loudon Wainwright III stops by the studio to talk about (and perform spoken-word excerpts from) his new one-man show, Surviving Twin, which is currently playing at the Westside Theatre. It’s billed as a “posthumous collaboration” with his late father, Loudon Wainwright Jr., the esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist.

And: Part indie pop band, part performance art ensemble and modern dance troupe, People Get Ready have a new album on the way that expands its sound world to include 1970s electronic music and other surprises. Hear the Brooklyn group play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: PRISM Quartet

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Adventurous sax ensemble celebrates 30 years together at Symphony Space. Download 'Serial Mood: Reflection.'

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Brazil Has Been Singing About Soccer For 100 Years

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All this week, Soundcheck has been looking at the music of Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup. The tournament begins tomorrow, but Brazil has been singing about soccer for almost 100 years. Host John Schaefer discusses a few of those classics.

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Jenny Lewis Plays Live; The Spirit Of 1976; Brazilian Soccer Songs

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In this episode: Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis rose to prominence as the vocalist for the guitar pop band Rilo Kiley. Her latest solo album, The Voyager, was six years in the making, and features production work from Beck and Ryan Adams, among others. Hear Lewis and her band play a few new songs and an old classic, live in the Soundcheck studio.

Plus: Host John Schaefer shares a couple of Brazilian songs written specifically about soccer, a.k.a. "the beautiful game," as part of our lead-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  

And: Veteran music journalist David Browne recently released an e-book detailing why 1976 was “the year the counter-culture became the culture.” Featuring appearances by Steve Jobs, Jimmy Carter, Rocky, Saturday Night Live, and Boston (the band), Browne argues that it was a watershed year in music history.

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Curtis Harding, In The Studio

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A singer and songwriter who's spent time working with Cee-Lo Green and the band Night Sun, Curtis Harding captures the spirit of late 1970s soul music on his first solo effort. Hear the Atlanta-based musician play songs from that album, Soul Power, live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Comedian And 'WTF' Host Marc Maron Picks Three; Soccer-Themed Songs; Kan Wakan Plays Live

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this episode: Comedian Marc Maron is the host of the hugely popular podcast WTF, and star of the IFC series, Maron. Maron talks about music snobbery, his growing vinyl collection, and his passion for blues guitar riffs -- plus, he shares a few of his favorite songs as part Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

Then: New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey discusses his new book, Eight World Cups, detailing his memories of covering the world's largest sporting event, and shares playlist of three favorite soccer-themed songs.

And: Los Angeles band Kan Wakan creates lush, cinematic soundscapes and fills them with the smoky vocals of a chanteuse. The band plays songs from its full-length debutMoving On, in the Soundcheck studio.

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People Get Ready: Equal Parts Pop And Performance Art

Monday, June 09, 2014

Part experimental pop band, part performance art group, People Get Ready makes energetic pop songs enhanced by its kinetic live performances. Hear the band play songs from its forthcoming album, Physiques, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Rhythms Of Pernambuco

Monday, June 09, 2014

Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of Brazil-meets-Bourbon-Street ensemble Nation Beat, about the sounds of Pernambuco in the northeast of the country.

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Gig Alert: Life Size Maps

Monday, June 09, 2014

Swirling electronic pop trio plays at Pianos. Download "This Same House."

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Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Pernambuco; Kishi Bashi Plays Live; Girl Talk And Freeway Collab

Monday, June 09, 2014

In this episode: With the World Cup starting in Brazil this week, Soundcheck takes a listen to various styles of music coming out of the country's northeast. Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of the Bourbon Street-meets-Brazil band Nation Beat, presents a "Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Pernambuco."

Then: The looping violinist and singer Kishi Bashi has played with Regina Spektor and the band Of Montreal -- and won over fans with his own gorgeously layered and catchy songs. Hear him performs songs from his smart and effervescent new album, Lighght, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The mash-up artist Girl Talk recently collaborated with the rapper Freeway for an experimental mixtape, Broken Ankles. The self-described “Pennsylvania Dream Team” talks about how the project made each of them re-think their respective styles.

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Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice'

Friday, June 06, 2014

The TV talent show ended with a surprise breakout star, 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia. She became a favorite after her first-round performance of Alicia Keys' "No One" went viral.

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Kan Wakan: Moody Atmospheric Pop

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Los Angeles group Kan Wakan performs songs from their debut album Moving On live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Jenny Lewis Fights Fear And Insomnia On 'The Voyager'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman's new record, The Voyager, promises to be some of her most personal songs to date.

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