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Interview: Jessie Ware On 'Tough Love' And Working With Miguel And Ed Sheeran

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The British pop star reflects on making her latest album, Tough Love -- from writing a song with Ed Sheeran in 30 minutes, to hanging out with Benny Blanco's bulldog.

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San Fermin On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hear a live performance from the nine-piece baroque pop band, led by composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone.

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Watch: Kimbra, Live In The Greene Space

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Best known for her Grammy-winning hit duet with Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know," the pop singer performs live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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The Jesus And Mary Chain, 30 Years After 'Psychocandy'; Suzanne Vega Plays Live

Friday, November 14, 2014

The shoegaze pioneers are the subject of a new biography. And pop songwriter Suzanne Vega performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Hear: Until The Ribbon Breaks, In The Studio

Friday, November 14, 2014

The electronic pop band evokes the eerie tone of David Lynch with its spare, yet bass-heavy dance grooves. Hear the U.K. band perform in Soundcheck's studio.

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The Strange Dream World Of Singer Peggy Lee

Thursday, November 13, 2014

An evil stepmother, her own Prince Charming, and monstrous ambition came together in jazz singer Peggy Lee's own true life Cinderella story. 

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Electric Youth's 'Runaway' Captures The Cinematic Feeling Of Young Love

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Best known for its song "A Real Hero" from the 2011 film, Drive, the L.A. and Toronto-based synth duo performs its aching love song "Runaway" live.
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La Mecánica Popular: Fluorescent Psychedelic Salsa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

La Mecánica Popular infuses the traditionally colorful sound of Latin salsa with a shot of fluorescent psychedelia. Hear the band perform live on the WNYC Special stream.

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How Fergie Changed The Way We Looked At Lady Lumps

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As part of the ongoing series, That Was A Hit?!?, Soundcheck looks the unlikely success of two Fergie singles that laid the groundwork for her solo career.

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Idina Menzel Performs Live; Creative Partnerships; That Was A Hit?!?: Fergie Edition

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Idina Menzel of 'Frozen" performs, creative collaborations are explored and we air That Was A Hit?!?: Fergie Edition.  

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Powers Of Two: John, Paul, and Other Creative Partnerships

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We often label individuals as "geniuses" with a sort of romantic fascination. But some of the most influential creators have come in pairs.

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Check Ahead: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.
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All Things Considered

Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Midler has delighted in listening to girl groups since she was a kid. On a new album, she takes a crack at her favorites — from the tight harmonies of The Andrews Sisters to the slow groove of TLC.

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Azealia Banks Dropped Her Long-Overdue Album, 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Harlem rapper exploded out of the gates in 2011 with the electrifying "212," then went silent. Now, she's finally dropped an album. Soundcheck gave it a spin and we have feelings.
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Parkay Quarts: A Dark Tale From Parquet Courts' Alter Ego

Friday, November 07, 2014

The not-much-altered-ego of Brooklyn punk band Parquet Courts, Parkay Quarts unleashes a dark tale with the song "Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth." Hear the song and entire album.
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Bryan Ferry On His New Album 'Avonmore'; Ariel Pink Plays Live; Musical Anhedonia

Friday, November 07, 2014

The impossibly dashing English pop songwriter Bryan Ferry is back with his upcoming album, Avonmore. Plus Ariel Pink plays live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Taylor Swift, Platinum Party Of One

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Taylor Swift's latest album, 1989, sold 1.287 million copies its first week alone, making it the first album released in 2014 to go platinum. The last musician to go platinum in a week? Taylor Swift.

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'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

Friday, October 31, 2014

Just shy of 25, Swift's been in the music industry nearly half her life. In an extended interview with NPR's Melissa Block, she addresses what's changed in music, media, feminism and her own career.

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Paolo Nutini On World Cafe

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Scottish soul singer, a best-seller in Europe, plays songs from his new album, Caustic Love.

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'Season Of The Witch' Explores Music And The Occult; How To Be Smarter About... Tour Riders; Maya Beiser Plays Live

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exploring rock 'n roll's relationship with the occult. How to get smarter about tour riders. Maya Beiser performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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