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Watch: Ex Hex, In The Studio

Monday, November 03, 2014

On its debut album, Rips, the D.C. punk band fronted by guitarist Mary Timony plays gleefully fast three-chord rockers with an unrelenting and refreshing enthusiasm.

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Herbie Hancock On A Lifetime Of Musical Possibilities; Puss N Boots Plays Live

Monday, November 03, 2014

Pianist and jazz iconoclast Herbie Hancock looks back as his celebrated career in music and personal struggles. Norah Jones' band Puss N Boots plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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First Listen: Bedhead, '1992-1998'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

A box set collects nearly all the recordings by the 1990s indie rock band that perfected the art of holding back. Bedhead's minimal, whispered songs made boring beautiful.

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First Listen: Damien Rice, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

After an eight-year break from recording, Rice gives his bold, dreamy, impeccably rendered music plenty of room to breathe and seethe over the course of more than 50 minutes.

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First Listen: Marianne Faithfull, 'Give My Love To London'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

There's fire in the rock 'n' roll survivor's delivery, and it's redemptive. Twenty albums in, Faithfull can still spin the kind of tale that silences a room, then fills it with something unexpected.

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First Listen: Hookworms, 'The Hum'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

On its second album, the Leeds band is beholden to a motorik beat and the pulse it leaves behind. But Hookworms' members also explore the energy and chaos that such a solid anchor can provide.

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On-Demand Video: Soundcheck Presents a Very Wonka Afternoon with Primus

Friday, October 31, 2014

Soundcheck celebrated Halloween with one of the most inventive and darkly comedic bands of all time: Primus. 

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A Very Wonka Afternoon With Primus, In Concert And In Costume

Friday, October 31, 2014

Soundcheck celebrates Halloween with one of the most inventive and darkly comedic bands of all time: Primus. 
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Rock 'N' Roll Gives The Devil His Due In 'Season Of The Witch'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Season Of The Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock And Roll, Peter Bebergal says that the occult's influence on rock is more complex than biting a head off a bat.

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Viking's Choice: A Pregnant Light, 'Born To Ruin'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

As a solo artist, Damian Master is unbound by the metal in his catalog. "Born To Ruin" contains his most anthemic statement of purpose yet, curled under a swaggering riff and his fire-spitting bark.

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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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Gig Alert: Primus In The Greene Space

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Inventive and darkly comedic band pays tribute to Willy Wonka this afternoon in The Greene Space. Listen to their version of "Pure Imagination."

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Greylag, 'Yours To Shake'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Suspense builds throughout Greylag's mesmerizing video for the song "Yours To Shake." It's a moody study on good and evil, and the struggle to know not only which is which, but which we want.

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Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen's 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"May As Well" is a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, an album that started as one of Bob Boilen's favorites of the year and has only gotten better with time.

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Deerhoof, 'Paradise Girls'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The song was inspired by the band's long roster of female heroes, including Joan Jett, Janet Jackson, and Kim Gordon.

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John Mellencamp On World Cafe

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The heartland rock singer-songwriter takes a mellower approach on his new album, Plain Spoken.

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Crying, 'War Of Attrition'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As outrageous power-pop hooks go note-for-note with a series of ecstatic 8-bit blips, the soulful coo of Elaiza Santos nicely offsets Crying's penchant for playful excess.

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The Notwist, 'Kong'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The song is about this fantasy that the singer Markus Acher had had about a superhero coming in and saving his house from a flood. And if you listen closely you can pick up little hints of that story.

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Luluc, 'Small Window'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The folk duo Luluc's first album for Sub Pop was co-produced by the National's Aaron Dessner and will be released on July 15.

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Ghosts In The Music: A Spooky Songs Quiz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Think you know your musical ghouls and ghosts? From country and classical to rock and jazz, try this hair-raising Halloween puzzler.

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