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What To Look (and Listen) For in 2015

Friday, January 02, 2015

Soundcheck's John Schaefer turns his ears towards the new year with some things he's excited to hear in 2015, even if some of them are wishful thinking (ahem Joanna Newsom).
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The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.

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Mica Levi Gets 'Under The Skin' With Her Unsettling Score

Monday, December 29, 2014

Best known as Micachu, the experimental musician adapts her off-kilter sonic palette to the screen for the 2014 Scarlett Johansson sci-fi film.

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Haerts On World Cafe

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Eccentric spelling is just one element that makes the Brooklyn electro-pop band stand out.

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12 Days Of Soundcheck: Conor Oberst

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We wrap up our 12 Days of Soundcheck by unwrapping a gift from Conor Oberst.

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Top 10 Top 40 For 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dig below the strata of pop songs so ubiquitous you can't stand to hear them any more, and you'll find plenty of riches in the Top 40, from country crossover to innovative R&B and classic pop.

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Duke The Halls: Bo And Luke Go Caroling

Sunday, December 21, 2014

John Schneider and Tom Wopat, the good old boys from The Dukes of Hazzard, have recorded a Christmas album. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with them about nurturing a creative partnership offscreen.

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Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is A Timeless, Triple-Threat Triumph... Mostly

Friday, December 19, 2014

Alan Light discusses 30 years of Prince's master stroke in the new book, 'Let’s Go Crazy: Prince & The Making of Purple Rain.'

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12 Days of Soundcheck: Sinkane

Friday, December 19, 2014

No need to hang on to that receipt; this recording of Sinkane live in our studio is one gift you'll want to keep.

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Soundtracking 'Serial': The Musicians Behind the Podcast

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Composers Nick Thorburn and Mark Henry Phillips talk about crafting distinctive, suggestive sounds for the groundbreaking show. 

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12 Days Of Soundcheck: Buscabulla

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soundcheck continues to fill your electronic stocking with digital gifts.

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Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 22-year-old U.K. star infuses her gleaming songs with punk spirit on her second album, SUCKER. The result is one of the best pop albums of 2014.

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Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Making new sounds while staying mindful of the past is a common theme in the Fresh Air music critic's year-end list.

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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Songs Of 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

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In case you're tired of holiday staples, team Soundcheck has compiled our favorite songs of 2014 -- from soulful live performances to the gems you might've missed.
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The Year's Best Music

Monday, December 15, 2014

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From a scorching breakthrough performance on Letterman to the Scandinavian explosion, Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his favorite musical moments of 2014.
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Charli XCX's Stockholm Scream Led To One Big 'Sucker'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Between the vocal hook in Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack single, it's been Charli XCX's year. But it took some screams to create her sophomore album.

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In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album explicitly connected feminism to sexual confidence; it cast a long shadow over the female-led pop singles that dominated Top 40 this year.

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Ann Powers' Top 15 Albums Of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NPR Music's pop critic, Ann Powers, says each of her favorite albums of 2014 gave her new tools to cope with and learn from the world around her, even as that world crashed in from outside.

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The Only 'Silent Nights' You Need

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Silent Night" is not just a great Christmas song. It's a great song. Period. Here are the five best versions of the most-recorded holiday tune of all time.
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12 Days Of Soundcheck: Jenny Lewis

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Soundcheck comes bearing gifts: sweet, soaring sounds from the inimitable Jenny Lewis. Download "The Voyager," live from the studio.

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