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CMJ 2014 Is Here! Now Who Should I See?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now, hundreds of bands, college radio programmers and DJs, music industry folks, and fans are descending upon New York City for this year's iteration of the CMJ Music Marathon.
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Nude Beach's Kid-Crafted Video Will Make You Smile

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Brooklyn trio's playful new music video was created as a summer camp project by Children's Museum of the Arts.
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Subway Songs: A Soundtrack From The Ears Of A New York Newcomer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Current Soundcheck intern Bailey Constas recently moved to New York and shares a soundtrack to her experiences riding the subway.
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Space Is The Place: Twelve Cosmic Songs For Sci-Fi Fans

Thursday, October 09, 2014

With New York Comic Con kicking off today, the city is full of even more aliens and space cadets than usual. Soundcheck's John Schaefer welcomes them with his favorite sci-fi songs.
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Get Swept Away Inside Radical Dads' 'Cassette Brain'

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Brooklyn trio's latest release is a four-song cassette-only EP, full of scorching distortion and singable melodies that would be a perfect fit on one of those old '90s mixtapes.
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Hear A New Song From Agnes Obel's Deluxe 'Aventine'

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Danish singer-songwriter's deluxe edition of her 2014 album, Aventine, features unreleased songs, remixes and live performances. Hear a brand new song, "Arches."
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Check Ahead: Foxygen, '...And Star Power'

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The retro-leaning Los Angeles band returns with a wildly ambitious 24-song double album.
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Beyond 'Fame': Ten Deep Cuts That Reveal The True Genius Of David Bowie

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beneath big hits like “Changes” and “Let’s Dance” lies the real genius of David Bowie. Soundcheck host John Schaefer offers up his favorite essential lesser-known masterpiece songs.
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The Funniest Songs Of All Time

Friday, September 19, 2014

Need a laugh? We just might have built the funniest playlist ever.     
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Buck 65 Crafts A Sonically Opulent Breakup Album

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The two-time Juno Award-winning Nova Scotian rapper returns with his most personal work yet, Neverlove, an album that documents his own divorce. Hear his latest single, "She Fades."
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U2 Surprises With Free 'Songs' On iTunes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple unveiled its latest iPhones and brand new Apple Watch yesterday. But the biggest surprise of the day was U2's first new LP in five years, given away for free exclusively on iTunes.
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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Can A Musician Be Too Virtuosic?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer answers questions from readers and listeners about whether technically impressive playing can leave you cold.
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Check Ahead: Chris Thile And Edgar Meyer, 'Bass & Mandolin'

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The bass-mandolin superduo teams up again on ten new originals that showcase their warm sound and virtuosic abilities on both instruments. 
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Heaven's Jail Conjures An Ominous Ritual With 'Long Island Sound'

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Brooklyn band makes dark and blustery folk rockers that channel Laurel Canyon cult psychedelia and the distinctive eerie visuals of Twin Peaks.
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Elephant Stone: A Soulful Melding Of Sitar And Psychedelia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watch a live in-the-studio video of "Knock You From Yr Mountain," from the Indian-infused psychedelic pop band's latest album The Three Poisons.
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Three Must-Hear New Songs From The Vaselines, Young Buffalo, Jenny Hval And Susanna

Monday, August 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer listens to a lot of music over the course of a week. Here's three of his favorite tracks that caught his ear, both for the music and the stories behind them.

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Check Ahead: Dry The River, 'Alarms In The Heart'

Monday, August 18, 2014

Known for its delicate folk songs that build to emotional climaxes, the London band's new songs cannot help but sound inspired by the Iceland's grandiose landscapes.
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Remembering The Musical Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer remembers the musician that lurked among the crowded cast of characters in Williams’ mind.

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Lera Lynn's Sophisticated And Shimmering Country

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter's new album, The Avenues, signals an evolution in sound and lyrical maturity. Download a brand new track from the album, "Out To Sea." 

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In The Valley Below's Sunny And Subversive Synth Pop

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In The Valley Below could probably just do bright synth-pop, but what you get instead is something slightly more subversive. The Los Angeles duo's upcoming album, The Belt, isn't out for a few weeks yet, but the band has already unveiled a handful of songs with killer hooks and edgy guitars.

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