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Future Islands, Live In Concert

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The thrilling and heartbreaking Baltimore band Future Islands performed at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

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Tori Amos Plays Live; John Turturro On 'Fading Gigolo'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

In a live performance, singer and pianist Tori Amos previews songs from her new album. John Turturro talks about the music that fueled his new film "Fading Gigolo," co-starring Woody Allen.

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Hear Four Musicians Talk About What Moves Them

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sharon Jones, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegeocello and Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra shared struggles and successes in a joint interview at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.

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Bert Berns, Writer Of Massive Rock Classics, Gets His Moment In The Spotlight

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bert Berns wrote dozens of chart-placing classic songs, covered by everyone from The Beatles to Janice Joplin. But he died very young, and his story remained largely untold until Joel Selvin's new biography Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns And The Dirty Business Of Rhythm And Blues

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Anne Akiko Meyers’ Seriously Expensive Violin; New Yorker Cartoon Editor Picks Three; Kristeen Young Plays Live

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In this episode: Anne Akiko Meyers has always been a curious and exciting violinist. Now, there's lots of curiosity and excitement surrounding her instrument - the most expensive violin ever sold and one of the most famous instruments in the classical music world. She brings it to the Soundcheck studio for Terrance McKnight of WQXR to inspect. Plus, Meyers plays selections from her new album of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Then: Bob Mankoff has been the cartoon editor for The New Yorker since the late 1990's -- and has been contributing cartoons to the magazine since the ‘70s. He talks about his new illustrated memoir, How About Never – Is Never Good For You?, and he chooses three songs for us, including a 1962 hit about the Telstar satellite.

And: Kristeen Young is opening for Morrissey; Dave Grohl plays on her new album; Bowie has written songs with her. Hear the edgy singer and keyboardist perform songs from her new album The Knife Shift in the Soundcheck studio.

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Song Premiere: Banks, 'Goddess'

Monday, April 28, 2014

The L.A. singer's new song, from the upcoming album Goddess, is all woozy mystery, and an ideal introduction to an artist who's been revealing herself slowly and deliberately.

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Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 28, 2014

Impossibly telegenic and charming, husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano have the booming voices of great street buskers, but also the polished sparkle of natural-born stage performers.

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Watch: Tori Amos, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, April 28, 2014

Watch the iconic pop songwriter perform a pair of brand new songs from her upcoming album, Unrepentant Geraldines, as well as an older favorite track, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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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

Monday, April 28, 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.

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Boy George: On Lana Del Rey, Facial Hair, Raw Food And Showering Regularly

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Boy George became a global pop music and fashion icon in the 1980's as the frontman of the English band Culture Club, known for hits like “Karma Chameleon,” “I’ll Tumble For Ya” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” Hear Boy George talk about his latest album, This Is What I Do, which has been hailed as "the comeback album of the year."

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Kelis Talks 'Food'; Boy George's Return

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In this episode: Boy George became a global pop music and fashion icon in the 1980's as the frontman of the English band Culture Club, known for hits like “Karma Chameleon,” “I’ll Tumble For Ya” and “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” Hear Boy George talk about his latest album, This Is What I Do, which has been hailed as "the comeback album of the year." 

And: Singer-songwriter Kelis Rogers, who's also a trained chef, is best known for her 2003 hit "Milkshake." But on her new album, Food, the R&B artist combines her two loves to make a delicious reinvention. Hear Kelis perform in the Soundcheck studio, and talk with Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast.

 

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Song Sequels: What Happened After The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In Hollywood, even the worst movie merits a sequel. But in pop music, great songwriters rarely add a new chapter to a brilliant hit. So, here at Soundcheck, we’re going to do it for them, with comedian Mo Rocca and radio host Mario Correa of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly channel.

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Song Sequels; The Baseball Project Plays Live

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In this episode: In Hollywood, even the worst movie merits a sequel. But in pop music, great songwriters rarely add a new chapter to a brilliant hit. So, here at Soundcheck, we’re going to do it for them, with comedian Mo Rocca and radio host Mario Correa of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly channel.

Then: We're nearly a month into baseball season, which, for many of us means taking in a game on a Sunday afternoon, stuffing yourself with hot dogs and overpriced beer, and, of course a new batch of songs from The Baseball Project. Hear the National-pastime-themed rock band -- built around Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and Linda Pitmon -- play songs from its latest album, 3rd. 

They also take time to geek out on all things baseball with Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer, and give their World Series predictions for this current season.

 

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Her Husband's Stupid Record Collection, And Her Divisive Blog

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New York librarian Sarah O’Holla is on a mission: to listen to each album in her husband’s vinyl record collection -- all 1500 of them. She’s chronicling her journey on the blog My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection, and even though it’s only a few months old, it has divided some readers.

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Tropic Of Pisces: Swooping Synths And Chirping Circuits

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tropic Of Pisces is the project of Matt Scheiner, a diverse musician who's played with bands like Oberhofer. Hear "They Count," a track from the native New York musician's upcoming EP, Symmetry.

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The Most Relaxing Playlist Ever; Why We Listen On Repeat; Neil Finn Plays Live

Monday, April 21, 2014

In this episode: As WNYC continues crowdsourcing sleep data through its “Clock Your Sleep” project, Soundcheck attempts to create The Most Relaxing Playlist of All Time. Tell us which songs you find most relaxing -- and hear suggestions from musicians and other guests.

Then: You probably wouldn’t want to listen to a person speaking the same thing over and over and over. So why would you want to listen to the same song again and again? That question and many more are at the heart of Elizabeth Margulis' new book called On Repeat: How Music Plays The Mind.

And: New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn -- frontman of bands like Crowded House and Split Enz -- plays songs from his new solo album.

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Check Ahead: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baltimore duo Wye Oak has typically been known for its flurry of guitar and drums, but with its new album, Shriek, the band drops the guitar, picks up the bass and goes in an entirely new, synth-heavy direction. Hear the album in its entirety before its release.

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Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros. Records 18 years after an acrimonious split, and will release an expanded edition of Purple Rain in time for its 30th anniversary.

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Moon Taxi: Progressive Jam-Rockers With Tight Pop Hooks

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hear the Nashville-based prog rock band Moon Taxi perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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R. Crumb Plays Live With East River String Band; Rock Journo Lisa Robinson Tells All

Friday, April 18, 2014

In this episode: Famed illustrator R. Crumb, who is also a huge fan of early folk and jazz, is an honorary member of New York's East River String Band. Or if he isn't, he should be -- he does all their artwork and plays live with them in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Lisa Robinson has interviewed and written about some of the biggest names in music, from Jay Z to John Lennon to Michael Jackson. Her new memoir, There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll, details her days spent with some of music’s shining stars, and offers perspective on a career spent working in a male-dominated field.

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