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My World Cup Vacation: The King Is Dead

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on two teams reaching the end of the World Cup runs: defending champs Spain, and Australia.

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Interpol Mimics Shaky Fan Videos With 'Anywhere'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Interpol’s last, self-titled album came out back in 2010, and unless you happened to catch the brooding New York band’s recent live performance at Governor’s Ball a couple weekends back, you probably have not heard much of the band's new music. Until today. Interpol has just shared a live concert music video for “Anywhere” -- a track from the band’s forthcoming, anagram-y titled album, El Pintor.

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My 'Coffee' Addiction: The One Song I Need To Hear Over And Over Again

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop has a problem -- she's addicted to a song. Luckily, she's not alone in her obsessive musical behavior. 

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My World Cup Vacation: Mexico's Brilliant Keeper And Soccer's Biggest Hair Scores For Belgium

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on Brazil and Mexico's dramatic draw, and Belgium's late win from yesterday's action.

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My World Cup Vacation: Germany Ices Ronaldo, German-Americans Bolster Team USA

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More commentary from host John Schaefer, as he takes the week off to watch the World Cup.

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My World Cup Vacation: Musings On Croatia, The Dutch, And Wayne Rooney

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Host John Schaefer takes the week off to watch the World Cup, and sends back these thoughts from his TV viewing spot in Park Slope. 

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Memories of Casey Kasem, The Voice Of Pop Radio

Monday, June 16, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the passing of a Top 40 icon. 

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Check Ahead: Phish, 'Fuego'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Twelve albums and more than 1,500 shows into its career, Phish has never seemed more at ease embracing what it does best, while still trying to refine and reinvent its own formulas.

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The Teen Age Captures The Reckless Exuberance Of Youth

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Teen Age is still a relatively new band with only a few songs released so far. But the group has already made some waves thanks to its blown-speaker rockers, shoutable choruses, and reckless exuberance. That woozy youthful energy is on full display in the new music video for “Stop,” from the band’s debut EP, Ways To Adapt.

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Soundcheck's Ultimate Summer Mix

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's time to debut our crowdsourced Ultimate Summer Mix -- featuring seasonal classics like "Hot Fun In The Summertime" and "School's Out" and more unexpected gems, like The Church's "Under The Milky Way" and Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang!"

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Soundcheck's Summer Essentials: 14 Ways To Have The Best Three Months Ever

Friday, May 23, 2014

Despite the rumors that the weather is going to be ridiculously awful this summer (who started those rumors anyway?), we're pretty sure it's going to be the best summer ever. Here are 14 ideas to jumpstart your summer '14 to-do list — concerts to attend, movies to watch, books to read and albums to hear. 

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Wyatt Cenac Joins Soundcheck’s RadioLoveFest Lineup

Monday, May 19, 2014

Soundcheck is coming to BAM! Join host John Schaefer on Sat., June 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET for an evening of live music and conversation -- featuring Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, comedian and actor Wyatt Cenac and the orchestral indie pop band San Fermin.

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Check Ahead: Sharon Van Etten, 'Are We There'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

While Sharon Van Etten's sonic scope may have widened, on her latest album, Are We There, her songs have never been more intimate and revealing. Stream Are We There, in its entirety before its release on May 27.

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Reuben And The Dark Finds Solace In 'Black Water'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Calgary band's new music video for its short and stirring song "Black Water" highlights the song’s restless, world-weary mood and emotionally-searching spirit. 

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Gone But Not Forgotten: Ten Early Electronic Music Classics

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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.

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Now That's What I Called Music! Reliving The Trauma Of 7th Grade Through One Album

Monday, May 12, 2014

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.

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Check Ahead: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The prolific Bright Eyes mastermind goes solo once again on his latest album, Upside Down Mountain. Hear the country-infused record in its entirety. 

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Les Jupes: An Off-Kilter And Dreamlike Day In The Life

Friday, May 09, 2014

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.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Michael Jackson And Justin Timberlake's Throwback Duet

Friday, May 02, 2014

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. 

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Future Islands, Live In Concert

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The thrilling and heartbreaking Baltimore band Future Islands performed at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

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