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VIP Concert Tix

Thursday, May 27, 2010

John Schaefer wonders why he isn't more upset at VIP concert packages.

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The Film That Launched A Thousand Scores

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Seems like everyone wants to write music for this old sci-fi classic.

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Wedding Band Blues

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

How about the best (or worst) of both worlds:  A wedding band with a dj? 

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Jingle All The Way

Monday, May 24, 2010

John Schaefer wonders what those catchy jingles are really saying...

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Forever (Neil) Young

Friday, May 21, 2010

John Schaefer tries to decide which Neil Young he's a fan of. 

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Scoring Robin Hood

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It’s interesting to compare the way different composers have approached period piece films over the years.  In 1938, when Erich Wolfgang Korngold composed his classic score to The Adventures of Robin Hood, there was no “period instrument” movement – what we now call “early music” was the province of scholars and theoreticians, and was hardly ever actually played by living musicians.

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Picks of the Week

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soundcheck's picks this week include an afro-pop pioneer and a musical portrait of Los Angeles of the 1940s and '50s.

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Music Lessons Online

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Before online music lessons, John Schaefer says, you could fumble through lessons on TV. 

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Tell Me a Story

Monday, May 17, 2010

John Schaefer finds an unexpected connection between Das Racist and The Hold Steady.

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Iceland’s troublemaking volcano has been back in the news, and that country's music is back in our weekly picks. 

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New Musical Instruments

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More musical instruments?  That's fine, as long as we have more people playing them. 

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Broadway punk: an oxymoron

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

John Schaefer on American Idiot:  "if it's on Broadway, how punk can it be?"

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Well, It's Better Than 'Idol'

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Glee is just not my thing.

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Ethical listening

Monday, May 10, 2010

Are the new ethical dilemmas of listening to music in the digital age really "new"?

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Critiquing the Critics

Friday, May 07, 2010

John Schaefer: Blogging isn't necessarily the same thing as music criticism.

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The Real "Soul" Music

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Forget recordings, says John Schaefer. The soul of Gospel music comes out in live performance.

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Searching for the Real Van

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What do you think of Van Morrison? Tell Soundcheck here.

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CD Picks of the Week

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

This week’s picks include a look into obscure corners of the violin repertoire and yet another fine indie rock band from Montreal. 

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The Twist through the Ages

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fifty year ago, Chubby Checker topped the pop charts with "The Twist" and in doing so, gave rise to one of rock 'n' roll’s most iconic dance crazes. It inspired countless other dances, such as the Jerk and the Mashed Potato, and songs, including "Twistin' the Night Away," and "Twist and Shout." It also came to be emblematic of pop culture from the early 1960s. Here are several versions and spin-offs, from Checker's original cover to the employees of Sterling Cooper on "Mad Men."

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Abbey Road: A Timeline

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Abbey Road studios, touted as the world's first custom-built recording studios, opened at number 3 Abbey Road on November 12 1931. The studios were made famous by the Beatles and granted landmarked status by the British government on February 23, 2010. Below are some highlights.

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