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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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Timber Timbre And Fiver: Two Takes On An Unsettling And Alluring Tale

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Timber Timbre's song "Curtains?!" embodies both the unsettling and the alluring as frontman Taylor Kirk sings a tale about a man's secrets exposed. But in an alternate version sung by Fiver (a.k.a. Simone Schmidt), the song takes on a new identity.

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Eternal Summers' Swooning And Distorted Record Store Day Track

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hear "Goodnight Goodbye," a track by Eternal Summers from Kanine Records' upcoming official Record Store Day compilation, Non-Violent Femmes.

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Fred Ho: Remembering The Colorful, Politically-Charged Musician

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fred Ho, the baritone sax player, composer, and bandleader, died this weekend in Brooklyn. He was 56. And that tells you nothing you need to know about Fred Ho. Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the life of the iconoclast musician and political activist.

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Soundcheck's 10 Favorite Musical Moments From Letterman's 'Late Show'

Friday, April 04, 2014

The legendary late-night host is retiring next year, and with him goes a stage that has hosted the biggest bands of the past two decades.

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Sharon Van Etten Seeks Her Fortune In 'Taking Chances' Video

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The music video for Sharon Van Etten's song "Taking Chances," from her upcoming album, Are We There, finds Van Etten reading Tarot cards and getting her palm read, while nodding to a classic French film.

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Check Ahead: NØMADS, Free My Animal

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hear the Brooklyn band's dynamic and distorted debut album, in its entirety.

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Check Ahead: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hear The Future's Void, the ambitious new album from songwriter and producer EMA, in its entirety.

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