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Salon's 15 Most Hated Bands

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Salon recently compiled a list called “The 15 most hated bands of the last 30 years.” Assistant editor Prachi Gupta gives us some of the highlights.

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Wayne Koestenbaum's '1980s'

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Poet, cultural critic and writer Wayne Koestenbaum talks about his new book, My 1980s and Other Essays and shares a playlist.

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The Good Listener: How Do You Program A Dance Party For Kids?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A parent is throwing a dance party for her 8-year-old and needs upbeat, kid-friendly suggestions.

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KCRW Presents: Lorde

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Zealand native Ella Yelich-O'Connor is just 16, but she's already notched one of the year's biggest hits, "Royals," in her home country. Watch Lorde perform the song live in KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic studios.

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Jimmy Eat World: Pop-Punk, All Grown Up

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hear the pop-punk band Jimmy Eat World perform new songs from its eighth album Damage in the Soundcheck studio.

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Karaoke Confessional: Go-To Songs, And That Time I Sang Sade

Monday, August 05, 2013

Soundcheck's Joel Meyer reflects on his go-to karaoke songs and his biggest fail moment at the mic.

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Tales Of Love And Karaoke; Future Bible Heroes

Monday, August 05, 2013

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his new karaoke-themed memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes.

Then, members of the Soundcheck staff share some karaoke hits and misses, and ask listeners to do the same.

And synth pop group Future Bible Heroes -- anchored by Magnetic Fields members Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, and electronic musician Chris Ewen -- drop by the Soundcheck studio to perform songs from its first full-length album since 2002, Partygoing

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Revisiting The Bee Gees; Getting To Know AlunaGeorge; Kendra Morris In The Studio

Friday, August 02, 2013

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

Then, a primer on AlunaGeorge -- the duo of George Reid and Aluna Francis who have become darlings of the European music festival circuit without releasing an album. Body Talk, the group's full-length debut was released on July 26. We get a primer from Katherine St. Asaph on just who this group is.

And neo-soul singer Kendra Morris performs in the Soundcheck studio.

Plus, we get a taste of "Mercy" the new single from TV on the Radio, which debuted this week online. The band also released the stems to the song for fans and musicians to remix.

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Tegan And Sara: Synth Pop Jubilation

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Watch the fizzy synth pop duo Tegan And Sara perform "Closer" in the Soundcheck studio.

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Ministry's Al Jourgensen On Industrial Music; Jherek Bischoff, In The Studio

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today on Soundcheck: Ministry's Al Jourgensen, Washington Post music editor Chris Richards, and Jherek Bischoff in the studio.

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Van Dyke Parks Lights Up Songs From Inside

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Parks has arranged music for artists of just about every genre, from the the Beach Boys and Bonnie Raitt to U2 and Skrillex. But every now and then he makes time to focus on his own material, most of it with a distinctive old-time feel. His latest is called Songs Cycled.

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Bruno Mars Is More Than Your Average Pop Star

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In a live arena show that trades in a well-schooled range of summertime-friendly pop, the hit-making machine known as Bruno Mars is one of our moment's most valuable historians of popular music.

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Pioneering Parodist Allan Sherman; Tegan And Sara On 'Missed It Then, Love It Now'; Anna von Hausswolff

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In this episode: Songwriter Allan Sherman rocketed to fame in 1963 with his unlikely hit “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” — and then just as suddenly, he disappeared. We discuss the pioneering parodist with Mark Cohen, the author of Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman.

Plus: All this week, we're asking for your “Missed It Then, Love It Now” picks. Tell us about the music you didn’t hear when it first came out, but now really love—and why. Pop duo and identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara give us their picks.

And: Swedish singer and organist Anna von Hausswolff brings her band to the studio to play a haunting, moody set.

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    Missed It Then, Love It Now: Your Picks

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Even the savviest music geek will miss a few records here and there. This week, Soundcheck is going to celebrate your better-late-than-never favorites, and ask you why you missed them in the first place. Tell us about the music you missed the first time around, but now love dearly.

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    Check Ahead: Happy Hollows, 'Amethyst'

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Amethyst is the cosmic new record from the experimental pop band Happy Hollows.

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    Summer Of '93: Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler; Movie Soundtracks; Minor Empire

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    Ishmael Butler of the legendary hip hop group Digable Planets and now Shabazz Palaces reflects on Digable Planets' 1993 album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). The hosts of the podcast Movie Date talk about soundtracks from '93's biggest films. And Minor Empire performs in the studio.

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    Celebrating Mandela Day

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Every July 18, people around the world celebrate Mandela day. We talk with Jim Kerr, the lead singer of the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, who wrote the song "Mandela Day" for a Nelson Mandela 70th birthday concert in 1988. 

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    Summer Of '93: Writer Rob Sheffield; Mandela Day; Savoir Adore, In The Studio

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Rolling Stone contributor and author Rob Sheffield reflects on a few important albums and favorite songs from the time -- from Janet Jackson's janet. to U2's Zooropa to Radiohead's single "Creep." Plus, Brooklyn-based dream pop duo Savoir Adore drops by the Soundcheck studio.

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    Summer of '93: What Was Happening On The Pop Charts

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Chris Molanphy, chart columnist and NPR Music contributor, calls the summer of '93 a "dog's breakfast of assorted stuff." We're not exactly sure what that means -- but he says it's a good thing. On the charts, "there were two songs that dominated that summer -- one was by Janet Jackson, 'That's The Way Love Goes,'" he says. "And the other was a light reggae cover of the Elvis Presley classic 'Can't Help Falling In Love' by the reggae band UB40." 

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    Alice Russell: Tiny Desk Concert

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    There's nothing restrained about an Alice Russell performance: It's emotionally fiery from the start and just gets hotter and grittier — especially when she's singing "To Dust," the title track from her new album. Watch the British singer perform three songs live in the NPR Music offices.

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