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Who Will (And Should) Win At This Year’s Grammy Awards?

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the 57th Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, Feb. 8, Soundcheck's John Schaefer scans the nominees to predict who will win big in this year's biggest categories.
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Jonnie Common, 'Shark'

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Still reeling from the left shark in the Super Bowl halftime show? Check out this Scottish oddball.

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Makthaverskan, 'Witness'

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Makthaverskan is adept at mixing sweetness with spit, but "Witness" is the Swedish post-punk band at its most direct and harrowing.

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Kevin Griffin Is A Man Of Many Voices, Musical Or Otherwise

Thursday, February 05, 2015

From his "day job" as the lead singer of the alt-rock stalwarts Better Than Ezra, Griffin has become a respected Nashville-based songwriter for a huge array of artists. 

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The Dodos, 'Competition'

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

In the band's latest video, for the song "Competition," singer and guitarist Meric Long reveals his passion for modern dance.

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Ray Davies On World Cafe, Part 2

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Hear the second part of a wide-ranging interview with The Kinks' lead singer.

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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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Ray Davies On World Cafe

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

On the occasion of a new Kinks anthology, the British band's singer discusses creative frustration.

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Front Row: Rubblebucket, 'Pain From Love'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Watch part of the Boston band's boisterous and engaging hometown set last fall.

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Unfinished Business

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Bands like Pixies, Pavement and Sleater-Kinney might reunite for money, unfulfilled glory or a renewed creative spark. But can album sales help us measure how much they have been missed?

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Viking's Choice: Mylets, 'Trembling Hands'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

While Henry Kohen's feet fly around the pedal board, the guitar-looping one-man-band lets loose a Nine Inch Nails-inspired anthem to open his debut album.

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Gig Alert: Kristin Diable

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Loads of soul emanate from Rockwood Music Hall tonight; listen to "I'll Make Time For You."

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Viking's Choice: Pile, 'Mr. Fish'

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pile delights in riffs that pop wheelies off the side of cliffs, the careening croon and yelp of Rick Maguire, and a pummeling punk rhythm section that eggs it all on.

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Inside the Outsider Vision of Miranda July

Monday, February 02, 2015

The polymorphic artist and performer talks at length about her new book, 'The First Bad Man,' and explains why she might -- just might -- show up at the Oscars. 

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First Listen: Quarterbacks, 'Quarterbacks'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

With 19 songs in just 22 minutes, Quarterbacks offers pop melodies at punk speed and a reminder that love and hurt needn't always be rendered at epic scale.

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First Listen: JD McPherson, 'Let The Good Times Roll'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Though his music honors mid-century sounds with laser precision, the Tulsa rocker takes so many little chances in his songs that they never sound like mere replicas.

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First Listen: Paperhaus, 'Paperhaus'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The D.C. guitar band's music can be jarring and jagged, as its members channel Krautrock and psychedelic blues. But it's also dreamy, with lilt and grit.

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First Listen: The Districts, 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The band's cathartic rock rages in familiar ways, but with unexpectedly devastating twists of the knife. Proudly sloppy and artfully bloodthirsty, The Districts' music never sounds monochromatic.

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Talking With Hey Rosetta!, A Great Big Band From Newfoundland

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The orchestral seven-piece hails from a sprawling Canadian island not known for its indie rock. Rachel Martin speaks with singer Tim Baker about how the band has nonetheless made a name for itself.

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Billy Idol On World Cafe

Friday, January 30, 2015

The U.K. punk veteran (and '80s rock legend) performs old and new songs live in the studio.

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