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Filmmaker Alex Gibney: "Sinatra Grew up with America"

Monday, March 30, 2015

The award-winning filmmaker turns his lens on the towering icon of the American songbook.

Gig Alert: Feufollet

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Romping Louisiana band combines Cajun sounds with indie rock flavor, tonight at Rockwood Music Hall. 
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Gig Alert: Lower Dens

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Baltimore group gives us a way to 'Escape from Evil' at Baby's All Right. 
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Telmary Diaz

Friday, March 27, 2015

Listen to the Cuban hip-hop pioneer play live in the Soundcheck studio.
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Watch The Lone Bellow Play On Soundcheck

Friday, March 27, 2015

Watch the video webcast of the Brooklyn-based folk band's performance from WNYC's Greene Space.
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Gig Alert: Arun Ramamurthy Trio

Friday, March 27, 2015

Carnatic violin meets jazz rhythm, tonight at The Way Station.
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Pierre Boulez Picks 10 Great Works of the 20th Century

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On the occasion of the great composer's 90th birthday, listen to the performances that he thinks are the most important of the last century. 
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George Clinton On A Lifetime Aboard The Mothership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

George Clinton's new memoir is 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?'

Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Bruno Mars...with so much of George Clinton's sonic footprint in the air, Soundcheck thought it was time to revisit our recent career-spanning interview with Dr. Funkenstein himself. 

"If it wasn't for flashbacks, I wouldn't have any memory at all," says George.

Over his 50-plus years in the music industry, the funk pioneer best known as the founder and driving creative force of Parliament-Funkadelic, and later, the P-Funk All-Stars, has seen -- and done -- a lot. Clinton started out as a doo-wop singer and and a songwriter in the Brill Building in the 1960s. But his sound quickly evolved into something much more rock -- and, eventually, funk -- oriented. Clinton describes that funky sound as "psychedelic versions of the songs that my mother would listen to." 

"Music from way back up in the woods," he says. "Matter of fact, all the way in the jungle. We wasn't even going back to slavery -- we was going back primal." 

With his '70s and '80s bands -- Parliament and Funkadelic — Clinton achieved four No. 1 R&B hits, including the anthem "One Nation Under A Groove" and "Atomic Dog," which topped the R&B charts for four weeks in 1982. Other songs like "Flash Light," "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)," "Maggot Brain," and "Mothership Connection," remain indelible, and frequently-sampled classics. And with his exuberant marathon concerts, Clinton and his sprawling, colorful band earned a reputation as one of the most memorable and unpredictable live acts around.

Clinton's winding musical journey -- and his longtime struggles with a crippling crack addiction -- is chronicled in his new memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You? 

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Clinton reflects on his early years bridging divided black and white audiences, his musical highs and career lows, and the invention of famous The Mothership.

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Gig Alert: Maxo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Smooth jazz as reimagined for Super Nintendo; Maxo is at Baby's All Right tonight. 
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Gig Alert: Joanna Wallfisch

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Multi-talented singer and instrumentalist plays an album release show at Subculture.
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Death Cab For Cutie Finds Art In Repairing Something Broken

Monday, March 23, 2015

Singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer go deep on the indie rock band's latest record, Kintsugi.
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Gig Alert: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Monday, March 23, 2015

NYC rock stalwarts begin a week-long 'freedom tour' of the city's five boroughs, starting in Staten Island.
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Jen Larson And Deep River: Revitalizing Bluegrass In Brooklyn

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hear the bluegrass songwriter perform two of her own songs as well as a musical “gutpunch” from the repertoire of the celebrated Stanley Brothers.
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Gig Alert: Richard Bennett

Friday, March 20, 2015

Indian classical ragas as translated for piano, tonight at Rubin Museum.
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Gig Alert: The Nile Project

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pan-African ensemble pays homage to the Nile River countries and their varied musical heritages. 
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Gig Alert: Terry Riley 80th Birthday Bash

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Sounds Live concert series celebrates the minimalist electronic pioneer with an all-star performance of "In C."
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Gig Alert: The Pop Group

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Reunited and revivified post-punk pioneers play at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
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Christian Rap Pioneer Jurny Big On Being Revered And Forgotten

Monday, March 16, 2015

A co-founding member of Christian rap supergroup The Tunnel Rats and The Battery reflects on blending secular mainstream hip-hop with religious and socially conscious messages.
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Gig Alert: Van Davis

Monday, March 16, 2015

Soulful ensemble plays with some special brassy accompaniment at Arlene's Grocery.
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Gig Alert: Roy Haynes' 90th Birthday

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jazz drum legend turns 90 with an all-star lineup for the next few days at The Blue Note.
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Unlikely Savior For the Music Industry: Your 12-Year-Old

Thursday, March 12, 2015

As the music industry struggled to keep older buyers and fans, it's discovered that tweens are the ultimate renewable resource —  as long as the artists sort of act their age.
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