Sophie Harris

music critic

Sophie Harris appears in the following:

How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The English art-rocker has returned to the stage after 35 years and set a new U.K. charts record. Soundcheck's John Schaefer rounds up ten of Bush's must-hear songs.

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New Releases From HAIM, Earl Sweatshirt And Neko Case

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

It's time to hear about some new releases! Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us to talk about what she's been listening to lately -- L.A. sister band HAIM, rapper Earl Sweatshirt and singer and songwriter Neko Case.


Iggy Pop Stories: Musicians And Writers Reflect On The Punk Icon

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

As one of rock’s most notorious frontmen, Iggy Pop has made many impressions -- and we’re asking for yours. Today, we've invited a few musicians and critics to join us with some of th...

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Share Your Favorite Misheard Lyrics

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

If you have a favorite misheard lyric -- or mondegreen -- Soundcheck wants to know!

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Musical Mondegreens: The Best Thing You’ve Misheard; Local Natives In The Studio

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

As soon as you put words to music, there’s a good chance someone is going to misunderstand them. Misheard lyrics, or mondegreens, are funny -- but they also tell us something about ho...

Pick Three: Devendra Banhart, Bernhoft, Night Beds

Friday, March 08, 2013

Time Out New York music editor Sophie Harris shares three new tracks that have been tickling her ear buds as of late.


Pick Three: Sophie Harris

Monday, May 07, 2012

This week's Pick Three offer a trio of new releases that have gotten the stamp of approval from Time Out New York music writer Sophie Harris.

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Tragedy, Then Triumph at the Grammys

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us to recap last night’s Grammy Awards. And, we discuss how the telecast and artists handled the death of singer Whitney Houston.

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Music's Marathon Week

Friday, October 21, 2011

This week, thousands of bands, fans and industry folk have descended on New York for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. More than 1,300 acts perform - some of them multiple times - over the course of five days. Time Out New York's Sophie Harris joins us with some of her top picks from this year's festival.

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Game of 'Throne'

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On the heels of our Smackdown on the music world's most influential people, we'll zoom in on two of the biggest players in hip hop: rapper and father-to-be Jay-Z and producer and gadfly Kanye West. Music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York and Mojo joins us for a look inside the collaborative album "Watch the Throne." Plus, Sophie's picks for upcoming music that's not to be missed. 

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Amy Winehouse: Your Reactions

Monday, July 25, 2011

Grammy winning soul and R&B artist Amy Winehouse died Saturday at age 27. We talk about her life and career with music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York. Plus, we open the phones to hear your reactions to the British singer's death.

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Bob Marley: Life and Legacy

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Today marks thirty years since the death of reggae icon Bob Marley. Guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York takes a look at the life and legacy of the Jamaican music legend. Plus: a live performance from Will Sheff and Patrick Pestorius of the folk-rock band Okkervil River.

Weigh in: How would you describe Bob Marley's legacy? Leave a comment or share a memory of Marley and his music.

A Beastie Homage

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Over 25 years and eight albums, the Beastie Boys have celebrated their hometown with brash shoutouts - and subtle inside jokes. Today: Guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York examines how the hip hop trio's newest album once again pays tribute to New York. Plus: British electronic composer James Blake brings his "post-dubstep" sound live to the Soundcheck studio.

Smackdown: The Strokes

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Julian Casablancas and Co. debuted in 2001 with the critically acclaimed album Is This It and helped put New York rock back on the map. Now the Strokes are back - after a puzzling, difficult five-year hiatus - with the new album Angles. J. Edward Keyes, editor-in-chief of eMusic, and Sophie Harris, music writer for Time Out New York, join us to debate this comeback album.

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SXSW 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us live from Austin, Texas with a guide to this year’s South by Southwest music festival.

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The Grammys: Deep Tracks

Thursday, February 10, 2011

All eyes will be on the top categories at the Grammys on Saturday, but what about "Best Banda Album" or "Best Surround Sound Album?" Plus: Cyndi Lauper is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album...and "Helter Skelter" might win an award. Music critics Sophie Harris of Time Out New York and Chris Richards of The Washington Post help us go off the beaten path with a look at little-known categories, strange matchups, and unsung nominees. Plus, Nacional Records founder Tomas Cookman helps us parse out the many, many Latin music Grammy categories.

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Smackdown: Taylor Swift

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Taylor Swift called her second album Fearless, and with good reason: the 21-year-old singer seems to be on an unbreakable winning streak. Fearless was the top-selling album of 2009 and snared the Grammy for Album of the Year; Swift followed those successes last year with a blockbuster tour and a chart-topping third album, Speak Now. But not everyone’s got Taylor Fever.

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Smackdown: Battle of the Brits

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's a British tradition--a race to top the music charts each Christmas season. Music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York and BBC contributor Gary Burton square off on their favorite seasonal hits from back home.


The Power of 10

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The new Kanye West album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” was officially released on Monday. Many music critics have already deemed it the best album of 2010. Guest host Sophie Harris talks with Ryan Dombal of the music review site Pitchfork, which gave “Fantasy” a rare perfect 10 out of 10. Plus: we take your calls and comments.

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Kanye's Year

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On the newly-released Kanye West album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the rapper-producer states, "No one man should have all that power." Yet many critics are calling the album the best of the year. Today on Soundcheck: Guest host Sophie Harris of Time Out New York weighs whether Kanye can do no wrong, or is simply overblown. Also: Twin Shadow is the work of one George Lewis, Jr. He brings his synthesizers and pop sensibilities to perform live in the studio.