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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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Frances Cone Finds Bittersweet Reflection In Home Movies

Monday, April 28, 2014

Watch the new music video for "Better Man," a track from Brooklyn based trio Frances Cone's self-titled EP.

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The Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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.

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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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