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Gotye On World Cafe

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hear the Australian pop star pay a visit to World Cafe in 2012 to perform songs from his new album, Making Mirrors.

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Now That's What I Call Music! Releases Its 50th Compilation

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jeff Moskow of the Now That's What I Call Music! compilation series talks with Soundcheck about its 50th album release. Then, Billboard writer Jason Lipshutz shares some of the forgotten gems.

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Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Scottish synth-pop band turns up with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform highlights from last year's album The Bones of What You Believe.

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Now That's What I Called Music! Reliving The Trauma Of 7th Grade Through One Album

Monday, May 12, 2014

Last week, the NOW That's What I Call Music! series reached a milestone when it released its 50th hits compilation album in the U.S. To commemorate the occasion, Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop listened back to the very first NOW album  -- which first came out in the fall of 1998.

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Now That's What I Call Music Reaches 50; Wye Oak Plays Live

Monday, May 12, 2014

In this episode: Last week, the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series released its 50th album of pop hits. Jeff Moskow -- head of A&R for the series --talks about the origins of the music compilation juggernaut.

Then: The question is: Are you going to remember half of the songs in any given NOW That’s What I Call Music! compilation in ten years? Writer Jason Lipshutz listened through all of the NOW discs, and dug up 50 forgotten gems for Billboard, and gives us some ideas about some of the non-hits that are represented therein.

And: On its latest album, Shriek, Wye Oak swaps out guitars for synthesizers and a brand new sleek and electronic sound. Hear the duo perform songs from the record in the Soundcheck studio.

 

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Sam Smith On World Cafe

Friday, May 09, 2014

Smith's soulful voice recalls the singers of yesteryear, but he's found a way to bring that classic style to the pop and electronic music of today.

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Les Jupes: An Off-Kilter And Dreamlike Day In The Life

Friday, May 09, 2014

Even before you watch the music video, Les Jupes' single “Introversion” already evokes an eerie and hair-raising feeling. But the video's dreamlike point-of-view really teases out and heightens the song’s anxiety and isolation.

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Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool

Friday, May 09, 2014

The soundtrack to Disney's Frozen has been the biggest-selling album of 2014, topping the Billboard album chart for 13 weeks.

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Watch: Gabriel Kahane, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, May 09, 2014

Watch the prolific songwriter and composer perform selections from his ambitious Los Angeles-centric, The Ambassador, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Sia, 'Chandelier'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

A video for Sia's new single features a mind-boggling performance from 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler. The elaborate routine was choreographed by Ryan Heffington; Sia co-directed.

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Is It Worth It To Work It?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen and Sky Ferreira may not have much in common as musicians, but all three have recently drawn fire for appropriating masculine African-American imagery.

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Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again [remix]

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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[Unedited] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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Watch: Wye Oak, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Known for its cyclone of guitar riffs and screaming feedback, the Baltimore duo turned to synths, bass and electronics and completely overhauled its sound. Watch Wye Oak perform songs from its the transportive, meditative new record, Shriek, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Zach Braff On 'Bullets Over Broadway' And New Film; Cannabis And The Colorado Symphony; Sylvan Esso Plays Live

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In this episode: Zach Braff, of Scrubs, and Garden State fame, and co-star Marin Mazzie stop by to talk about the musical Bullets Over Broadway, based on the Woody Allen film of the same name. Plus, Braff spills a few details about his upcoming Kickstarter-funded film Wish I Was Here, and its indie rock-leaning soundtrack.

Then: The Colorado Symphony Orchestra recently announced a new addition to its concert season: “Classically Cannabis: The High Notes Series.” We talk with the orchestra’s CEO about why they’ve decided to partner with the state’s weed industry, and what they’re hoping to get out of it -- besides a serious contact high.

And: Hear electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Eurovision: The Songs! The Spectacle! The Geopolitics!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Eurovision Song Contest is best known to Americans as the competition that introduced the world to ABBA. But it's been an international obsession for 59 years, and this year's crop of hopefuls is no less flashy than in years past. John Schaefer talks to New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli to find out the big plot points in this year's contest, which wraps on Saturday.

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Eurovision Song Contest; The Marx Brothers' Music At 100; These New Puritans Plays Live

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

In this episode: As usual, all of Europe is a-twitter about the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which this year takes place in Copenhagen and will undoubtedly feature a mixture of oddball acts, campy pleasures and bonafide talent. We get a preview of what our European friends can expect in this year’s competition.

Then: May marks 100 years since the Marx Brothers -- Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx -- received their now infamous nicknames. And in celebration, a full month of programming and film screenings is being planned. We talk to two of the participants in a special concert celebrating the music of the Marx Brothers about why music was such an important part of their schtick.

And: Hear the British art rock band These New Puritans perform songs from its beautiful new album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Sylvan Esso, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, May 05, 2014

Watch electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso perform songs from its self-titled debut album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Michael Jackson And Justin Timberlake's Throwback Duet

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Soundcheck staff gives their initial responses to the first single from Michael Jackson's second posthumous album -- including a haiku from host John Schaefer. 

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These New Puritans, On Soundcheck

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Hear the London-based indie rock band These New Puritans perform songs from its latest album, Field Of Reeds, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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