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Food, Coffee and Music for Record Store Day

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Long lines and lots of shiny new vinyl recall the heyday of record shops.

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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell; More Iggy Pop Stories; REM from Worst to First

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In this episode: Comedian, actor and banjo player Steve Martin has teamed up with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell for a new album called Love Has Come For You. They perform live in our studio.

    Plus: Why is it Iggy Pop week on Soundcheck? John makes a big announcement, and we hear some of your Iggy Pop stories.

    And: Spinner Canada writer Aaron Brophy shares his ranking of REM’s studio albums. His choices might upset the band’s longtime fans.

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      Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Bunny Emergency Edition

      Tuesday, September 27, 2011

      In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner travel back to the 60’s with the new television dramas The Playboy Club and Pan Am. Next, Gabfester’s consider the musical legacy of the band R.E.M. who announ

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      Smackdown: The End of R.E.M.

      Tuesday, September 27, 2011

      Alt-rock revolutionaries R.E.M. announced last week that after 31 years and fifteen studio albums, they’re calling it a day. We debate the band’s legacy -- and longevity -- in this Soundcheck Smackdown between Alex V. Cook, freelance music critic and professor of mass communications at Louisiana State University, and J. Edward Keyes, editor-in-chief of eMusic.

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      Smackdown: The End of R.E.M.

      Tuesday, September 27, 2011

      In the 1980s, R.E.M. defined college rock, and influenced legions of bands to come. But some think that the alt rock superstars -- who announced their breakup last week -- overstayed their welcome. On today's Smackdown, critics debate the later years of R.E.M. Plus, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks join us in studio for a live performance.