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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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.