An especially retro-leaning new song from Los Angeles-based electronic duo Room8 has Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinking that the sounds of the 1970s and '80s are having a new moment. He shares ten early electronic music classics that have newfound influence on countless modern producers.
Last week, the NOW That's What I Call Music! series reached a milestone when it released its 50th hits compilation album in the U.S. To commemorate the occasion, Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop listened back to the very first NOW album -- which first came out in the fall of 1998.
Even before you watch the music video, Les Jupes' single “Introversion” already evokes an eerie and hair-raising feeling. But the video's dreamlike point-of-view really teases out and heightens the song’s anxiety and isolation.
The Soundcheck staff gives their initial responses to the first single from Michael Jackson's second posthumous album -- including a haiku from host John Schaefer.
Watch the new music video for "Better Man," a track from Brooklyn based trio Frances Cone's self-titled EP.
Inspired by WNYC’s Clock Your Sleep project, Soundcheck has been asking our listeners to help us build The Most Relaxing Playlist Ever. We received hundreds of comments, voicemails, tweets and emails -- each one revealing a bit about the sender combats stress with a beloved track. Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer lists his top ten favorites, as suggested by listeners and readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hear "Goodnight Goodbye," a track by Eternal Summers from Kanine Records' upcoming official Record Store Day compilation, Non-Violent Femmes.
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.
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.
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.
Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.