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Guster, Live In The Greene Space

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The band Guster is back with a denser, dancier version of their iconic 90s sound.

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Where Have All The Protest Songs Gone?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When John Legend and Common performed “Glory” on the Academy Awards, it wasn’t just a stirring moment in an otherwise tedious evening: it was a reminder that protest songs still live on.
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Kate Pierson Says Going Solo Is Like 'Having Wings'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"There's nobody like The B-52s," Pierson says. "But doing stuff on my own, I can also express more personal songs."

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World Cafe Next: Dorothy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hear and download two songs from the L.A. rock band, which enlivens old-school rock sounds.

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Cookies On World Cafe

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hear the Brooklyn pop band perform four songs from its debut album, Music For Touching.

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New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite new songs and discoveries of the week, including new music from Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes and the poet-turned-rapper Kate Tempest.

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Why Lesley Gore Mattered

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The pop singer known for songs like "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me," and later, as an advocate of LGBT rights, died at 68. Soundcheck's John Schaefer has this remembrance. 
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BRONCHO: Indie Pop Hooks You Can't Stop Singing

Monday, February 16, 2015

With playful melodies you won't forget, the Oklahoma band plays songs from its 2014 album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Noelle Scaggs: 'Give Your Heart'

Monday, February 16, 2015

The charismatic singer of Fitz And The Tantrums reflects on what it means to be a powerful woman on- and off-stage.
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Kali Uchis, 'Ridin Round'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Columbian native, DC suburb raised singer and producer has nailed the art of the kiss-off track.

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KCRW Presents: Belle And Sebastian

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Watch the charismatic Glaswegian pop band perform its danceable new song, "The Party Line."

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Magic Giant, 'Burn It Down'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This L.A. indie-folk band has a summer festival anthem on its hands.

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A Night Of Highs And Lows At The 2015 Grammy Awards

Monday, February 09, 2015

A mostly-tepid night of too many performances and too few surprises, the 57th annual Grammy Awards did have some highlights. John Schaefer recaps the best and worst of the telecast.
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KEXP Presents: Natasha Kmeto

Monday, February 09, 2015

it's hard not to be moved by Kmeto's intricate, confessional, visceral, meticulously produced music.

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Gig Alert: Jim Keller

Monday, February 09, 2015

The man who wrote 862-5309/Jenny will probably perform it tonight at Rockwood Music Hall.

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Sam Smith Wins Four Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The British singer also won Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for "Stay With Me." Beck won Album of the Year for his subdued, folky Morning Phase.

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Radio, Radio: How Formats Shaped, Splintered And Remade Pop Music

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Over the second half of the 20th century, radio gave music its deepest connection to Americans. By splitting the dial into different formats, it produced a pop scene of striking diversity.

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Who Will (And Should) Win At This Year’s Grammy Awards?

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the 57th Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, Feb. 8, Soundcheck's John Schaefer scans the nominees to predict who will win big in this year's biggest categories.
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Natalie Prass, 'Why Don't You Believe In Me?'

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

In her latest video, singer Natalie Prass finds herself trapped deep inside her own head, battling a broken heart and the fears and doubts it's left in its wake.

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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Romantic Songs

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Soundcheck collects some of our and our listeners' favorite romantic songs, from Billie Holliday and Marvin Gaye to The Magnetic Fields and more.
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