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Tropic Of Pisces: Swooping Synths And Chirping Circuits

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tropic Of Pisces is the project of Matt Scheiner, a diverse musician who's played with bands like Oberhofer. Hear "They Count," a track from the native New York musician's upcoming EP, Symmetry.

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Check Ahead: Wye Oak, 'Shriek'

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Baltimore duo Wye Oak has typically been known for its flurry of guitar and drums, but with its new album, Shriek, the band drops the guitar, picks up the bass and goes in an entirely new, synth-heavy direction. Hear the album in its entirety before its release.

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What's The Most Relaxing Song Ever? Help Us Make A Playlist

Friday, April 18, 2014

As part of WNYC's station-wide Sleep project, Soundcheck has been thinking about the best music to help you relax and fall asleep. Help us build a playlist of your most relaxing songs ever.

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Timber Timbre And Fiver: Two Takes On An Unsettling And Alluring Tale

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Timber Timbre's song "Curtains?!" embodies both the unsettling and the alluring as frontman Taylor Kirk sings a tale about a man's secrets exposed. But in an alternate version sung by Fiver (a.k.a. Simone Schmidt), the song takes on a new identity.

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Eternal Summers' Swooning And Distorted Record Store Day Track

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hear "Goodnight Goodbye," a track by Eternal Summers from Kanine Records' upcoming official Record Store Day compilation, Non-Violent Femmes.

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Fred Ho: Remembering The Colorful, Politically-Charged Musician

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fred Ho, the baritone sax player, composer, and bandleader, died this weekend in Brooklyn. He was 56. And that tells you nothing you need to know about Fred Ho. Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the life of the iconoclast musician and political activist.

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Soundcheck's 10 Favorite Musical Moments From Letterman's 'Late Show'

Friday, April 04, 2014

The legendary late-night host is retiring next year, and with him goes a stage that has hosted the biggest bands of the past two decades.

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Sharon Van Etten Seeks Her Fortune In 'Taking Chances' Video

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The music video for Sharon Van Etten's song "Taking Chances," from her upcoming album, Are We There, finds Van Etten reading Tarot cards and getting her palm read, while nodding to a classic French film.

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Check Ahead: NØMADS, Free My Animal

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hear the Brooklyn band's dynamic and distorted debut album, in its entirety.

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Check Ahead: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hear The Future's Void, the ambitious new album from songwriter and producer EMA, in its entirety.

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Check Ahead: White Hinterland, 'Baby'

Monday, March 24, 2014

On Baby, the brand new album from White Hinterland, songwriter Casey Dienel delves into personal territory and reinvents herself with a bold dance pop sound. 

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Check Ahead: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.

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Watch Kelis, Eagulls, More Play SXSW

Friday, March 21, 2014

Watch select performances from NPR Music's South By Southwest Showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas including R&B star Kelis.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: tUnE-yArds Returns With A Buoyant New Song

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After the incredible success of tUnE-yArDs’ 2011 masterpiece, w h o k i l l -- Merrill Garbus returns with her third album, Nikki Nack. The Soundcheck team gives you their gut reactions.

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Morrissey Book Club: Why Reading This Memoir Was Like Running The New York City Half Marathon

Monday, March 17, 2014

Producer Joel Meyer draws parallels between two recent experiences: reading the Morrissey memoir and running 13.1 miles (or 21.08 km for readers of the U.K. edition).

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Check Ahead: Caetano Veloso, 'Abraçaço'

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hear the new album from the Tropicalia pioneer in its entirety and download the song “A Bossa Nova E Foda” before it's release on March 25.

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Watch Lady Gaga's Keynote From SXSW

Friday, March 14, 2014

Watch live video of the South By Southwest 2014 Keynote with Lady Gaga from Austin, Texas.

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Faces In The Crowd At SXSW

Thursday, March 13, 2014

South By Southwest is underway in Austin, Texas, attracting hordes of musicians and tech geeks, plus thousands of music lovers ready to discover great music, eat some BBQ, and do some day drinking in the street. Soundcheck intern Ryan Kailath is there with his band, so we convinced him to quiz people on the street about their SXSW experience.

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Pick The Songs For Our Running Playlist

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This year, Soundcheck is offering up no fewer than two of its producers to Sunday's New York City Half Marathon. Help us build a playlist to carry us across the finish line. 

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Not At SXSW? Don’t Worry, Be Busy

Monday, March 10, 2014

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.

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