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Stream 44 New Tunes For The New Year

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

With 2014 firmly behind us, there's not much to do but look ahead to the looming tidal wave of records comingĀ in 2015. StreamĀ the songs Soundcheck is most excited about this year.

Gig Alert: Broncho

Monday, January 26, 2015

Maddening earworms from the Oklahoma outfit tonight at Rough Trade. Doo-doo-doo to "Class Historian."
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Johnny Flynn Hits a New Note in 'Song One'

Friday, January 23, 2015

The British singer-songwriter and actor joins director Kate Barker-Froyland in the Soundcheck studio to talk about their new film 'Song One,' also starring Anne Hathaway. 
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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Bjork Unveils 'Vulnicura' Two Months Early

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just in time for her MoMA retrospective and a series of intimate New York performances, the innovative Icelandic artist has released her latest, Vulnicura, early. But how is it?
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Gig Alert: Barbes Oud Festival

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A diverse crew pays homage to the Stratocaster of the ancient world in BK tonight; listen to the sounds of the oud on "Hijaz Nashaz."
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Mucca Pazza: Colorfully Clashing Marching Band Rock

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hear the colorful and sprawling marching band Mucca Pazza bring its wild circus show to the Soundcheck studio.
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Gig Alert: Savages

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Muscular British quartet is blanketing venues all over NYC this week---all sold out. Listen to "City's Full."
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Gig Alert: Ellington for Curious Listeners

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get inside the mind of one of the 20th century's greatest composers, with a spotlight on Duke Ellington in Harlem tonight. 
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Jen Chapin's 'Gospel' Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The singer-songwriter and activist's lovely new music video draws a line between the non-violent civil rights movement of the 1960s and the recent "Black Lives Matter" protests.
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Gig Alert: The Revelations

Monday, January 19, 2015

Southern soul purveyors at The Blue Note tonight. Listen to "The Game of Love."
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Gig Alert: Golden Festival

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tomorrow in Park Slope: more Balkan music than you can shake a tuba at. For a taste, try "Pauline's Kyuchek" by the band Tipsy Oxcart.
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Gig Alert: Clear Plastic Masks

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Swaggering rock and soul from this Nashville quartet at Baby's All Right tonight. Get a taste of "So Real."
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Gig Alert: Ramsey Lewis

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Be a part of "The In Crowd" and celebrate 50 years of an iconic jazz performance, all week at Blue Note. Listen to the title track here.
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Gig Alert: Guster

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Alt-rock stalwarts play live tonight at Rough Trade to celebrate their latest record, Evermotion. Take a listen to "Long Night."
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Dan Deacon, 'Feel The Lightning'

Monday, January 12, 2015

The mad-scientist composer throws an ecstatic dance party with skittering polyrhythms, buzzy synths and a pop hook he sings in duet with himself.
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Waxahatchee, 'Air'

Monday, January 12, 2015

Against swelling keyboards and a stark guitar melody, Katie Crutchfield sings of love and loneliness, embracing change with fragile, gutsy honesty.
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Gig Alert: Emel Mathlouthi

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tunisian protest singer plays a special show at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to "Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)."
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A World Of Sci-fi And Horror Classics In Two Songs

Friday, January 09, 2015

On a classic movie bender, Soundcheck's John Schaefer explores a pair of songs that name-check horror and sci-fi films like 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' and 'The Invisible Man.'
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Gig Alert: Hailu Mergia

Friday, January 09, 2015

Ethiopian synth-funk pioneer plays at Drom this Saturday. Give your squeezebox a squeeze to "Amrew Demkew."
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Gig Alert: Brian Charette

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hammond B-3 maestro plays funk, jazz, and more at 55 Bar tonight. Here's "The Kicker." 
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We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together... Probably

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

At a time when bands reform as quickly as they break up, Soundcheck's John Schaefer mulls over what it means for a band to part ways and how soon it will before they reunite.
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