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Ethan Lipton, 'Three Tear Plan,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Musician and playwright Ethan Lipton used the loss of his "day job" as the basis for a new piece of musical theater called "No Place To Go."

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The Wedding Present, Back A Bit ... Stop,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Wedding Present has released a new album, Valentina, and is in the U.S. touring it as well as performing the 1991 record Seamonsters all the way through. Watch a video of the group performing "Back A Bit ... Stop" live on Soundcheck.

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From the Archives: American Mavericks

Frederic Rzewski and DIY Music-Making

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this 2002 episode of WNYC's Soundcheck, host John Schaefer talks to maverick American icon Frederic Rzewski as well as fellow pianist-composers Michael Hersch and Russian-born Lera Auerbach about performing their own pieces, and working outside the musical mainstream.

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'Two Way Monologue,' Sondre Lerche, Live on Soundcheck

Monday, March 12, 2012

Even though singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche is from Norway, his most recent album, called Sondre Lerche, was written in New York. But the song he picked to play in WNYC's Soundcheck studios -- "Two Way Monologue" -- is from 2004. Watch a video of the performance here.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops, 'Boodle De Bum Bum,' Live on Soundcheck

Monday, March 05, 2012

When Carolina Chocolate Drops was formed, it was partially to keep alive the black string band tradition. Watch the group perform "Boodle De Bum Bum" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Jenny Scheinman, 'Ali Farka Touche,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jenny Scheinman has put together a quartet with some big hitters. Mischief and Mayhem is made up of Scheinman on the violin, bassist Todd Sickafoose, drummer Jim Black and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. Watch the quartet play "Ali Farka Touche."

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Ben Wendel, 'Chorale,' Live on Soundcheck

Monday, February 20, 2012

Saxophonist Ben Wendel's new album Frame is named for his move to New York and a change to his "frame" of reference. "Chorale" is one of the tracks off the new album. Watch Wendel perform the song in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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The Cranberries, 'Raining In My Heart,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Cranberries were only 16 and 18 years old when their careers took off. Now they are releasing a new album, Roses. Watch the video for "It's Raining In My Heart," as performed live in the Soundcheck studios.

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Live on Soundcheck: Nick Jonas

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nick Jonas got his break singing in a hair salon in New Jersey, waiting for his mom while she got her hair done.  Now the 19-year-old is playing the lead in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. Watch this video of Jonas singing "I Believe In You."

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Live on Soundcheck: Mike Doughty

Monday, February 06, 2012

Mike Doughty founded the group Soul Coughing in the early '90s. Now he's off on a solo career and has a memoir out, "The Book of Drugs," which chronicles his battle with addiction and with the members of his band. Watch Doughty play "Na Na Nothing" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Live on Soundcheck: Warsaw Village Band

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Warsaw Village Band has a few records out with a modern take on Polish folk music. Now the band is going to have an opera set in Poland at the end of World War II to its credit. Watch the Warsaw Village Band and the cast from the opera perform a section from the opera, "A Blessing on the Moon."

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Live on Soundcheck: Escort

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Escort is a Brooklyn band with as many as 17 members who make 21st-century disco. Watch Escort play "A Bright New Life," an original tune on the group's new self-titled album, in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Live on Soundcheck: Danielle de Niese

Monday, January 30, 2012

Danielle de Niese made her debut at the Met when she was 19-years-old. She is still in her 20s and her voice may not be considered fully mature until she is in her late 30s. Watch her sing John Dowland's "What If I Never Speed."

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Live on Soundcheck: Dr. Dog

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Philadelphia's Dr. Dog is releasing a brand new album called Be The Void and the track "That Old Black Hole," sounds similar live as it does on the album. Watch the group performing the song live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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2011 Year in Review: Best of Soundcheck Live (The Video Edition)

Monday, December 26, 2011

From pop sensations like Foster the People to world music powerhouses like Tinariwen, WNYC's Soundcheck studios have seen some hot live acts in 2011. But there is no need to go paging through YouTube armed with Boolean search terms. We have assembled our Top 10 (make that Top 12!) Soundcheck music videos from the past year, just for you.

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Live on Soundcheck: The Barr Brothers

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Barr Brothers do interesting things with drums, a harp, a harmonium and more to produce a textured, ethereal sound. Watch the group play "Beggar in the Morning" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Another Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dip into the private stash of live recordings from John’s other show, Soundcheck, for this New Sounds program.  Hear Kronos Quartet playing Terry Riley, and some electroacoustic music from the Whitetree ensemble.

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JS:30 John Schaefer Through the Years

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our tribute to John wouldn't be complete without a gallery of photos tracing his storied career at WNYC. See John in the studio, on stage, and with a handful of the music legends that have appeared on his shows.

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Live on Soundcheck: Crooked Fingers

Monday, November 07, 2011

Eric Bachmann's new project, Crooked Fingers, has a new album out: Breaks in the Armour. Watch Bachmann and Crooked Fingers performing the song "Typhoon" in WNYC's Soundcheck studio here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Motopony

Thursday, October 06, 2011

After seeing a documentary about the band Dead Can Dance, in which the band said it was able to bring its musical instruments back to life again, Daniel Blue started to call his motorcycle a pony.

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