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Douglas Keith: A Rustic Reintroduction To A Skillful Songwriter

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hear "Harvest Home," a new track from New York songwriter and guitarist Douglas Keith's upcoming album Pony.

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'Perfume For Winnie, And Nelson's Shade': A Musical Memory Of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and a treasured symbol of hope in the struggle against racial oppression, died Thursday at 95. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this musical remembrance.

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Playlist: Remembering The Life And Legacy Of Nelson Mandela In Song

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at 95. One of the world's most respected statesmen, and an iconic symbol of hope and freedom for the world, Mandela was also a man who inspired a lot of music. Listen to a playlist of written for and inspired by the life and legacy of Mandela. 

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Rock Me Amadeus: A Mozart Guide From A To Z

Monday, November 25, 2013

All November, WNYC's classical music sister station is celebrating Mozart Month. Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares this handy A-Z guide to the prolific icon.

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Dual Threat Author-Musician James McBride Wins The National Book Award

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The author and musician James McBride won The National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the book and talking to McBride in a recent session with his band.

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Vikesh Kapoor's Journey Up The 'Ladder'

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Watch the stark black-and-white music video for Portland songwriter Vikesh Kapoor's song "Bottom Of The Ladder."

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Wry Climate Creates A Hazy Home Movie

Monday, November 18, 2013

Watch the music video for Wry Climate's new song "Low Tide."

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Eagulls Announces Debut Album, Shares A Blistering New Song

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hear "Tough Luck," a blistering new song from punk band Eagulls' just-announced forthcoming 2014 album.

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Barnburners: Teen Daze Fills An Old Barn With Spacious Songs

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Watch Vancouver-based electronic musician and producer Teen Daze play a set of spacious synth-driven songs in a rural barn in Upstate New York in this second installment of the music documentary series Barnburners.

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Sir John Tavener, World's 'Most-Heard' Composer, Dies At 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

British composer Sir John Tavener, whose music stretched far beyond the classical world, has died at age 69. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance.

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Writers Club: Women In Music

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What are your favorite books about women in music? Read a greatest-hits roundup of some great music books about women we've featured on Soundcheck.

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Song Premiere: Philip Perkins, 'At Home And Away'

Monday, November 04, 2013

Hear "At Home And Away," a track from Philip Perkins' just re-issued 1985 album Drive Time.

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Song Premiere: Ben Allison, 'D.A.V.E. (Digital Awareness Vector Emulator)'

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hear "D.A.V.E. (Digital Awareness Vector Emulator)," a new track from bassist Ben Allison's upcoming sci-fi-influenced album The Stars Look Very Different Today.

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Arcade Fire, In Concert

Monday, October 28, 2013

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The band performs highlights from its new album, Reflektor, live from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

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Capsula Puts On An Eerie Black Sabbath Costume

Monday, October 28, 2013

Watch a video of Capsula covering Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan."

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Lou Reed: New York Legend

Sunday, October 27, 2013

John Schaefer remembers the iconic, enigmatic Velvet Underground co-founder and solo artist

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Nico Muhly's Opera 'Two Boys' Premieres At The Met

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For one night, at least, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center might have been the hippest venue in New York, thanks to last night's American premiere of Two Boys, the opera by the gifted young composer Nico Muhly. Soundcheck host John Schaefer was there and has this review.

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Song Premiere: Nicky Egan, 'Train Trials'

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When Philly-born, Brooklyn-based soul singer Nicky Egan went to make her latest recording, she went with a decidedly old-school approach to unveiling new music, with an Internet-spin: The 45 Homestead Project is set of three digital 45’s put on her Web site out over three months this summer. Hear "Train Trials," a brand new previously unreleased bonus track from the project.

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The Can't Tells' 'Insincere' A Gruesome But Hilarious Horror Show

Monday, October 21, 2013

Watch the creepy but darkly comedic new music video for The Can't Tells' song "Insincere," a track from the Bushwick band's upcoming album No Television

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CMJ 2013 Is Here! Now Who Should I See?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Right now, hundreds of bands, college radio programmers and DJs, music industry folks, and music fans are descending upon New York City for this year's iteration of the CMJ Music Marathon. Because there's so much going on, we've combed over the official (and less-than-official) schedules to pinpoint a small handful of bands we're really excited to check out this year.

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