Hear "Harvest Home," a new track from New York songwriter and guitarist Douglas Keith's upcoming album Pony.
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.
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.
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.
Hear "Tough Luck," a blistering new song from punk band Eagulls' just-announced forthcoming 2014 album.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.