You couldn’t make it to South By Southwest this year? That’s okay. Soundcheck's John Schaefer didn’t go either. So, what shall we do this week, here in New York City -- which is suddenly only the second-best musical center in the country? Well, here are some suggestions.
Hear an exclusive premiere of the Brooklyn-based electronic producer's new song, "You Will Have To Kill Me," from his forthcoming album, The World Doesn't End.
Pharrell Williams dominated 2013 with appearances on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and his own track "Happy," the Soundcheck team put on their Pharrell hats and took the record for a spin, and have these first impressions.
Two all-star teams, including actor Mike Myers and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, throw down over the two legendary bands in front of a live audience at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
After three brilliant albums -- and a collaboration with David Byrne -- St. Vincent's Annie Clark makes a major creative leap on her self-titled fourth album, St. Vincent. Members of the Soundcheck and WNYC team give the new record a spin.
Part rock band, part sprawling collective, The Family Crest plays wildly ambitious orchestral pop songs that jump from genre-to-genre, often in the same song.
Beck has not put out a new record since 2008, but now (finally!) after a long wait and a ton of side projects, the iconoclast songwriter and producer is set to release Morning Phase on Feb. 25. Members of the Soundcheck team took the album for a spin and have these first impressions.
All week, Soundcheck challenged listeners to nominate The Most Romantic Song Ever -- and to make a case for why that song was right and all the hundreds of other songs people were suggesting were somehow wrong. Soundcheck host John Schaefer wades through the results and presents this crowd-sourced playlist.
Art Decade is part of a small boom young bands playing earnest and ambitious orchestral pop full of sweeping strings, big choruses and epic melodic peaks. Hear the Boston band's self-titled sophomore album in its entirety before its release next week.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and here at Soundcheck, we know that music might play a key role in your Friday night. No need to elaborate on your specific plans, but we do want you to make a case for a single track as The Most Romantic Song Ever.
With his debut album, Golden Age, jazz guitarist Nir Felder shows why he's been such a go-to sideman and one of the exciting young voices in jazz. Watch him in a new live concert music video for "Lover" filmed live at Rockwood Music Hall.
Hear select performances from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon, held at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.
Pete Seeger wasn’t just a folk singer: He was the model, the exemplar of what most Americans mean when they say “folk singer.” Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance of the folk artist and activist, who died Monday at age 94.