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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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Say Lou Lou, 'Nothing But A Heartbeat'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Twin sisters Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, a.k.a. Say Lou Lou, have been bubbling under for more than a year since they first popped up on the BBC's Sound Of 2014 list.

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A Portrait Of The Boy Band As Grown Men: Backstreet Boys' New Documentary

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Nick Carter and A.J. McLean discuss how life has changed for themselves and their bandmates in 20 years of making music together.

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Lower Dens: Confidently Embracing Hypnotic Pop On 'To Die In L.A.'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Baltimore band - fronted by enigmatic songwriter Jana Hunter - returns with its third album, Escape From Evil. Hear the first single, "To Die In L.A."
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Morning Edition

Pop's New Old Sound: Retro Without Rules

Thursday, January 29, 2015

From Sam Smith to Meghan Trainor to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, many of the biggest hits on today's charts pilfer from the past, but not all borrowing works the same way.

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New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This week we hear from some of our favorite veteran artists and a few incredible newcomers, including Modest Mouse's first new album in eight years and the psychedelic rock group Sunflower Bean.

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Lisa Loeb On Mountain Stage

Monday, January 26, 2015

The singer-songwriter, who topped the pop charts in the '90s, plays a mix of old and new favorites.

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Gig Alert: Broncho

Monday, January 26, 2015

Maddening earworms from the Oklahoma outfit tonight at Rough Trade. Doo-doo-doo to "Class Historian."

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Jazz Musician Jamie Cullum Shares Stories And Plays Live

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"I'm more of a communicator than a technician," says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR's studios.

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Bjork Releases Her 'Complete Heartbreak' Album, 'Vulnicura'

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just in time for her MoMA retrospective and a series of intimate New York performances, the innovative Icelandic artist has released her latest, Vulnicura, early. But how is it?
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Bjork's 'Vulnicura': An Inquiry Into Melodrama

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

If its songs demand that the listener get uncomfortably close to the viscera of romantic experience, they do so the better to expose how humans move through pain and finally justify leaving it behind.

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First Watch: Kishi Bashi, 'In Fantasia'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The latest video from the loop-loving pop singer tells a magical, mysterious tale of love and loss.

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New Mix: Dan Deacon, THEESatisfaction, Jackson Scott, More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hypnotic grooves, funktacular space-jams and a little bit of throat singing. It's another episode of All Songs Considered, chock full of music to make you feel alive.

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Tobias Jesso, 'How Could You Babe'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On his debut, the Vancouver singer channels the classic piano ballad sounds of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman. Don't be surprised if you find Jesso's name on "best of" lists at the end of the year.

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Jen Chapin's 'Gospel' Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The singer-songwriter and activist's lovely new music video draws a line between the non-violent civil rights movement of the 1960s and the recent "Black Lives Matter" protests.
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44 New Tunes For The New Year

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

With 2014 firmly behind us, there's not much to do but look ahead to the looming tidal wave of records coming in 2015. Stream the songs Soundcheck is most excited about this year.
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KEXP Presents: Alvvays

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Toronto band channels a throwback pop-rock sound that's eternally appealing. Watch the group perform the witty, wistful "Archie, Marry Me" in the studio.

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First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Glaswegian folk-pop band's ninth album feels light on its feet, but without sacrificing the thoughtful, careful precision for which Stuart Murdoch and his collaborators are known.

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All Things Considered

Uptown Boy: Mark Ronson And The Producer As Rock Star

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A studio tinkerer with a perfectionist streak, Ronson himself admits he can't sing. Instead, he built a reputation on instinct and good taste.

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Soundcheck

We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together... Probably

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

At a time when bands reform as quickly as they break up, Soundcheck's John Schaefer mulls over what it means for a band to part ways and how soon it will before they reunite.

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