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Check Ahead: White Hinterland, 'Baby'

Monday, March 24, 2014

On Baby, the brand new album from White Hinterland, songwriter Casey Dienel delves into personal territory and reinvents herself with a bold dance pop sound. 

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Check Ahead: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.

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Watch Kelis, Eagulls, More Play SXSW

Friday, March 21, 2014

Watch select performances from NPR Music's South By Southwest Showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas including R&B star Kelis.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: tUnE-yArds Returns With A Buoyant New Song

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After the incredible success of tUnE-yArDs’ 2011 masterpiece, w h o k i l l -- Merrill Garbus returns with her third album, Nikki Nack. The Soundcheck team gives you their gut reactions.

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Morrissey Book Club: Why Reading This Memoir Was Like Running The New York City Half Marathon

Monday, March 17, 2014

Producer Joel Meyer draws parallels between two recent experiences: reading the Morrissey memoir and running 13.1 miles (or 21.08 km for readers of the U.K. edition).

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Check Ahead: Caetano Veloso, 'Abraçaço'

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hear the new album from the Tropicalia pioneer in its entirety and download the song “A Bossa Nova E Foda” before it's release on March 25.

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Watch Lady Gaga's Keynote From SXSW

Friday, March 14, 2014

Watch live video of the South By Southwest 2014 Keynote with Lady Gaga from Austin, Texas.

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Faces In The Crowd At SXSW

Thursday, March 13, 2014

South By Southwest is underway in Austin, Texas, attracting hordes of musicians and tech geeks, plus thousands of music lovers ready to discover great music, eat some BBQ, and do some day drinking in the street. Soundcheck intern Ryan Kailath is there with his band, so we convinced him to quiz people on the street about their SXSW experience.

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Pick The Songs For Our Running Playlist

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This year, Soundcheck is offering up no fewer than two of its producers to Sunday's New York City Half Marathon. Help us build a playlist to carry us across the finish line. 

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Not At SXSW? Don’t Worry, Be Busy

Monday, March 10, 2014

You couldn’t make it to South By Southwest this year? That’s okay. Soundcheck's John Schaefer didn’t go either. So, what shall we do this week, here in New York City -- which is suddenly only the second-best musical center in the country? Well, here are some suggestions.

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Careful's Pitch-Bending, Gender-Shifting Duet With Himself

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hear an exclusive premiere of the Brooklyn-based electronic producer's new song, "You Will Have To Kill Me," from his forthcoming album, The World Doesn't End.

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Morrissey Book Club: Fight or Flight

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Two weeks ago, we took our first steps on a long journey into the mind of a beguiling yet frustrating pop star. We formed a club. We set high goals. Some of us even bought the book. But we never said the journey would be easy.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Get Happy! Pharrell's Back With 'G I R L'

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Pharrell Williams dominated 2013 with appearances on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and his own track "Happy," the Soundcheck team put on their Pharrell hats and took the record for a spin, and have these first impressions. 

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The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: A Live Smackdown Rematch

Monday, March 03, 2014

Two all-star teams, including actor Mike Myers and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, throw down over the two legendary bands in front of a live audience at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 

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Morrissey Book Club: Milestone One

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Morrissey Book Club reaches its first milestone -- the first third of the book. Soundcheck's own Joel Meyer gives his impressions of the first part of Morrissey's Autobiography.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Soundcheck On St. Vincent's Very Danceable New Album

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

After three brilliant albums -- and a collaboration with David Byrne -- St. Vincent's Annie Clark makes a major creative leap on her self-titled fourth album, St. Vincent. Members of the Soundcheck and WNYC team give the new record a spin.

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TV Shows That Shaped The Mind Of Morrissey

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Early in his memoir, singer Morrissey describes the kids' TV shows that he loved. Deeply.

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Check Ahead: The Family Crest, 'Beneath The Brine'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Part rock band, part sprawling collective, The Family Crest plays wildly ambitious orchestral pop songs that jump from genre-to-genre, often in the same song.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Soundcheck On Beck's 'Morning Phase'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beck has not put out a new record since 2008, but now (finally!) after a long wait and a ton of side projects, the iconoclast songwriter and producer is set to release Morning Phase on Feb. 25. Members of the Soundcheck team took the album for a spin and have these first impressions.

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The Morrissey Book Club

Monday, February 17, 2014

Join other Moz fans and the Soundcheck team as we read and discuss his "Autobiography" in three weeks.

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