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Anna Von Hausswolff Plays An Epic Pipe Organ In New York

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Watch Swedish singer Anna Von Hausswolff perform a gorgeous, epic version of "Funeral For My Future Children" on giant pipe organ in a New York City Church.

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Threefifty: Fusing Minimalism And EDM, On Guitar

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The hypnotic sounds of minimalism and EDM -- or, electronic dance music -- echo in the folk-influenced music of the Brooklyn-based Threefifty. Hear the duo perform in the Soundcheck studio and watch its brand new video for the song "29."

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Revisiting The Bee Gees' Falsetto; Audra McDonald's Homecoming; Chris Thile Plays Bach

Monday, September 02, 2013

In this episode: In his new book, The Bee Gees: The Biography, writer David N. Meyer looks back at the music and legacy of The Bee Gees and its trademark soaring falsetto. 

Actress and soprano Audra McDonald recently starred in Broadway's revival of Porgy and Bess. Now, she's back with her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, among others. McDonald performs songs from that album in the studio.

And mandolin extraordinaire Chris Thile performs the sonatas of Bach.

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Watch Will.I.Am And Justin Bieber's Music Video (But Not For The Music)

Friday, August 30, 2013

The new hit video "#thatPOWER" from will.i.am and Justin Bieber may borrow the inventive motion effects from a Japanese group called World Order.

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Goldspot: Bubbly Electro-Pop, In The Studio

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hear electro-pop band Goldspot perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Today Would Have Been Michael Jackson's 55th Birthday

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Music news: A new song from Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar talks about "Control."

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Paul McCartney Unveils Something 'New'

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hear "New," the title track single from Paul McCartney's just-announced upcoming album.

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MK Asante's Childhood Tales Of 'Killadelphia'; That Was A Hit!?!; Goldspot Plays Live

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In this episode: In his new memoir, Buck, writer and filmmaker MK Asante charts the story of his Philadelphia (or as he calls it, "Killadelphia") childhood, and finding an education through rap, poetry and mystical strangers.

Then, Soundcheck's ongoing series That Was A Hit!?! continues with a look at a musician whose entire career is one long string of improbabilities, including his second No. 1 hit, which zoomed its way to the top of the charts due to its use on the daytime soap General Hospital.

And singer-songwriter Siddhartha Khosla -- who fronts the band Goldspot -- performs songs from his new album Aerogramme, a record that brings together the story of his family's eastern roots with the sounds of his western pop music heroes.

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Heads In One Direction

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is best known for his 2004 film Super Size Me. His latest is a new concert film about the British boy band One Direction, This Is Us.

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Nine Inch Nails And Earl Sweatshirt Explore Darkness

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two new albums, by the veteran industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails and the young rapper Earl Sweatshirt, offer distinct visions of anxiety and isolation. One is confrontational and cathartic, the other sly, inward and static.

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Pure Bathing Culture: Shimmering And Wistful Pop

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Watch Pure Bathing Culture perform its sweet and winsome songs from Moon Tides in the Soundcheck studio.

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Exploring A 'What If' In Music And Motherhood; Morgan Spurlock Captures One Direction; Pure Bathing Culture Plays Live

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In this episode: In her debut novel, The Original 1982, Lori Carson explores a great "what if..." in her songwriting protagonist's life: whether or not to become a parent. The narrator examines her life in parallel stories. In one, she follows a musical path, and in the other, her muse is motherhood itself.

Plus: Director Morgan Spurlock made a name for himself with his look at fast food culture in the U.S. and abroad in Super Size Me. Now, the accomplished documentarian focuses his lens on another phenomenon sweeping the world — the U.K. boy-band One Direction — in the concert film, This Is Us.

And: The spacious dream pop duo Pure Bathing Culture drops by the Soundcheck studio to perform songs from its album Moon Tide.

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Everybody's Mad At Miley Cyrus

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Miley Cyrus' sexually charged performance of her new single during the MTV VMAs has been causing quite a bit of a stir.

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Just Dance: Lady Gaga, DJ VH1 And The Lower East Side

Monday, August 26, 2013

Writer and DJ Brendan Jay Sullivan discusses his book Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of Our Lives.

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Brett Dennen: Easy-Going Folk Pop

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hear folk pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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John Schaefer Watches The VMAs So You Don't Have To

Monday, August 26, 2013

Last night, Soundcheck host John Schaefer watched MTV's Video Music Awards, and weighs in on Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, 'NSYNC, Bruno Mars and more.

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How Lady Gaga Became A Star; Breaking Bad Composer Dave Porter; Brett Dennen, Live

Monday, August 26, 2013

All this week on Soundcheck, we'll be streaming each show live at 2 p.m. ET. 

In this episode: In 2006, DJ and writer Brendan Jay Sullivan met a go-go dancer and aspiring musician named Stefani Germanotta. Sullivan tells the story of their friendship and her transformation into pop megastar Lady Gaga in his new book Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side And The Prime Of Our Lives.

Then, as the meth trade-driven crime drama Breaking Bad marches its way to the series' finale, we talk with Dave Porter, the composer of the show's haunting original score.

And folk-pop singer Brett Dennen performs songs from his upcoming release, Smoke And Mirrors, in the Soundcheck studio.

 

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Survivors: Kylie Minogue, Keith Sweat, And Low

Friday, August 23, 2013

Soundcheck is revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past year. Today, we're presenting "Survivors," featuring veteran musicians who have beaten the odds and carved out a space for themselves after decades in the industry.

In this episode: Dance floor diva Kylie Minogue reflects on 25 years of music and fashion.

Plus: In the late 1980s, Keith Sweat helped pioneer the fusion of hip-hop beats and R&B grooves known as New Jack Swing. Now, he’s giving love advice to fans in a new book and on his radio show.

And: For two decades, Low has created some of the most intense “quiet” indie rock around. We talk with Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, the husband and wife duo behind the Minnesota-based trio, about their 20th anniversary. And, the group plays songs from its new album, The Invisible Way.

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    Hear Dan Casey's Restless Mind At Work On 'Empty City'

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    Listen to Dan Casey's debut single, "Empty City", a sonic dreamscape culled from his restless imagination. A song self-described as "thinking about the universe, trying to fall asleep."

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    Fall Pop Preview: A 'Roar' Of 'Applause' For New Music

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Thanks to brand new songs by pop's shining lights, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nine Inch Nails, this midsummer week unexpectedly became the beginning of a new hit cycle.

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