Monday, October 03, 2011
Tori Amos is a pop icon but her new recording travels back thousands of years to tell the story of a man who controls tidal waves and a woman who once controlled fire, but has abandoned her power. Check out our video of Amos performing "Nautical Twilight" live on Soundcheck.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Since the late 1970s, Billy Bragg has been the folk-punk conscience of the UK. Last month, he wrote a song inspired by the Newscorp phone-hacking scandal. Watch Bragg playing the song, "Never Buy The Sun," in WNYC's Soundcheck studio here.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sufjan Stevens's latest project, the electro-pop album The Age of Adz, is a self-reflexive record dealing with themes of love and death. (Plus, there's a cosmic thing going on too.) Watch Stevens perform "Futile Devices" and "Pleasure Principle" live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.
Friday, July 15, 2011
The band Wild Beasts sings about sex. But how is that news? Tom Fleming says it is because the group is focusing on the loss and vulnerability of male sex. Watch a video of Wild Beasts playing "Loop The Loop" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Andy Cabic, the singer, songwriter and guitarist behind Vetiver, isn't sure why his music has been called "freak folk." "They, for years, said I'm the least freaky of the folky so I don't know why they called me that to begin with," he said. "It's the most obtuse way of describing someone!" Watch Vetiver perform "Everyday" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
By WNYC Culture
New York cellist Erik Friedlander is known for his experimental collaborations with saxophonist and composer John Zorn. But his new project and album, Bonebridge, takes a trip to the American south for inspiration. Check out the video here for his live, in-studio performance of the song "Beaufain Street."
Monday, June 06, 2011
Soundcheck wants you to make a case for a single year as the most important year in music history. Tell us why that year was so memorable, and why it changed music forever. Any year is fair game: the punk explosion in 1977, the grunge breakout in 1991 ... or the birth of Bach in 1685.
You can post a comment below. Or, leave a message in our voicemail box! Just call:
Make sure to include your first name and where you’re calling from. Please note that we might use your audio or text of your message on the air and online.
And tune in! Our "Year to Remember" series starts June 6.
Friday, May 27, 2011
The violinist, guitarist and singer songwriter Joan Wasser is the driving force behind the musical project Joan As Police Woman. She visited WNYC's Soundcheck studios with her band to play from her soulful new album, The Deep Field. Check out the video of Wasser performing "Chemmie" here.
Monday, May 23, 2011
With the release of a sixth album I Am Very Far, it is apparent that Okkervil River is trying something new. Watch a video of the band perform "Wake and Be Fine" from the new album here.
Monday, May 09, 2011
By Douglas Q. Smith : WNYC Culture Producer
The Swedish pop trio Peter, Bjorn and John first captured the attention of its listeners with a sunny 2006 hit called “Young Folks,” which featured an infectious whistling melody. Now, the group's released a new (whistle-free) album called “Gimme Some.” Check out the video "Dig A Little Deeper," which Peter, Bjorn and John performed live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios, here.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The late Fela Kuti pioneered the music genre known as Afrobeat. His son, Femi Kuti, actually went back to the same studio in Lagos, Nigeria where his father made music and recorded his new album Africa For Africa entirely at the Afrodisia/Decca Studio. Check out the video below of Femi Kuti and his band performing the title track "Africa For Africa" from their new album in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.
Monday, April 18, 2011
The Brooklyn-based songwriter Steve Salett first turned heads playing with the pop band King of France. Salett’s also recording under the name The Poison Tree. Check out his performance of "Welcome to the Neighborhood" recently played in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here. Pianist Thomas Bartlett joins him.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
The last time Michael Benjamin Lerner did a recording session for Soundcheck, it was in a back alley near the South by Southwest music festival. But on a recent visit to WNYC's studios, Lerner played songs from his second album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines. Watch a video of his performance of "50 Ways" here.