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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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Kim Gordon: Redefining The 'Girl In A Band'

Monday, March 02, 2015

In her new tell-all memoir, the Sonic Youth co-founder reflects on her career in music and art, and her life after the end of her marriage and the band.
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Why Aren't Festivals Showcasing More Female Musicians?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When this year's lineup for Coachella was unveiled, many noticed how few women were on the bill. Feminist music writer Katie Presley explains why festivals are such a dudefest.
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Where Have All The Protest Songs Gone?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When John Legend and Common performed “Glory” on the Academy Awards, it wasn’t just a stirring moment in an otherwise tedious evening: it was a reminder that protest songs still live on.
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Why Lesley Gore Mattered

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The pop singer known for songs like "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me," and later, as an advocate of LGBT rights, died at 68. Soundcheck's John Schaefer has this remembrance. 
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Noelle Scaggs: 'Give Your Heart'

Monday, February 16, 2015

The charismatic singer of Fitz And The Tantrums reflects on what it means to be a powerful woman on- and off-stage.
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Hear A 60-Second Sneak Preview Of Jim Jarmusch's New Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The filmmaker and musician gives us an exclusive preview of the opera he's creating with composer Phil Kline about visionary inventor Nikola Tesla. 
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A Night Of Highs And Lows At The 2015 Grammy Awards

Monday, February 09, 2015

A mostly-tepid night of too many performances and too few surprises, the 57th annual Grammy Awards did have some highlights. John Schaefer recaps the best and worst of the telecast.
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Buster Poindexter, Live In The Greene Space

Monday, February 09, 2015

Watch one of rock’s most influential singers perform a special intimate Soundcheck session from WNYC's Greene Space.
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Who Will (And Should) Win At This Year’s Grammy Awards?

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the 57th Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, Feb. 8, Soundcheck's John Schaefer scans the nominees to predict who will win big in this year's biggest categories.
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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Romantic Songs

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Soundcheck collects some of our and our listeners' favorite romantic songs, from Billie Holliday and Marvin Gaye to The Magnetic Fields and more.
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Alan Lomax Heard America Sing, We Heard It Rock

Friday, January 30, 2015

On the great folklorist's centennial, Soundcheck's John Schaefer looks at Lomax's legacy with 15 covers you wouldn’t know if it weren’t for his musical discoveries.
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Lower Dens: Confidently Embracing Hypnotic Pop On 'To Die In L.A.'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Baltimore band - fronted by enigmatic songwriter Jana Hunter - returns with its third album, Escape From Evil. Hear the first single, "To Die In L.A."
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Bjork Releases Her 'Complete Heartbreak' Album, 'Vulnicura'

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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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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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 coming in 2015. Stream the songs Soundcheck is most excited about this year.
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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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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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What To Look (and Listen) For in 2015

Friday, January 02, 2015

Soundcheck's John Schaefer turns his ears towards the new year with some things he's excited to hear in 2015, even if some of them are wishful thinking (ahem Joanna Newsom).
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