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.
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.
Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. Luckily, Soundcheck is hoping to help you become a more impressive conversation partner at cocktail parties and around the water cooler with a new series, How To Be Smarter About…
All summer long, Soundcheck has been turning back the clock 20 years, and revisiting the big hit songs, the important albums and more from the summer of 1994. Relive that era and its music with a giant Spotify playlist featuring Weezer, Nas, Jeff Buckley, Lisa Loeb, and so much more.
This past weekend saw the premiere of Sila, a new immersive work by this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Luther Adams. Soundcheck host John Schaefer was there and has these thoughts on the unconventional work, and the siren he heard out on the streets outside Lincoln Center.
Last night, after nearly seven years away pursuing other projects, Nickel Creek brought its reunion to Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. And they wasted no time in showing that they haven't lost their ability to delight with its deep roots in American string band music.
For longtime fans who felt a little burned by a string of not-so-good efforts, news of a new Weezer record always comes attached with some trepidation. But the band's new single "Back To The Shack" from the forthcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, seems to point towards a return to its beloved early years.
The British band James is returning with La Petite Mort, its first new album in six years. Watch the remarkable and poignant music video for the band's song "Moving On."
This World Cup had it all: A huge haul of goals, but also stunning goalkeeping, stout defense, lots of late drama, overachieving minnows and mighty giants brought low. Soundcheck host John Schaefer says it was also the year soccer/football ascended into the hearts of more Americans than ever.
For years, jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and keyboardist Uri Caine have collaborated on all sorts of projects. But with Present Joys, they're finally recording as a duo.
With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will root for: the German team that destroyed them earlier this week, or their arch-rivals, Argentina.