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The 12 Most Romantic Songs Ever... Maybe

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Soundcheck challenged listeners to nominate The Most Romantic Song Ever -- and to make a case for why that song was right and all the hundreds of other songs people were suggesting were somehow wrong. Soundcheck host John Schaefer wades through the results and presents this crowd-sourced playlist.

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Check Ahead: Art Decade, 'Art Decade'

Monday, February 10, 2014

Art Decade is part of a small boom young bands playing earnest and ambitious orchestral pop full of sweeping strings, big choruses and epic melodic peaks. Hear the Boston band's self-titled sophomore album in its entirety before its release next week.

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Make Your Case For The Most Romantic Song Ever

Friday, February 07, 2014

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and here at Soundcheck, we know that music might play a key role in your Friday night. No need to elaborate on your specific plans, but we do want you to make a case for a single track as The Most Romantic Song Ever.

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Watch Jazz Guitarist Nir Felder Play Live At Rockwood

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

With his debut album, Golden Age, jazz guitarist Nir Felder shows why he's been such a go-to sideman and one of the exciting young voices in jazz. Watch him in a new live concert music video for "Lover" filmed live at Rockwood Music Hall.

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Pony Boy: Sinister And Sultry 'Junkyard Country'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hear a preview of the Nashville singer-songwriter's upcoming EP with the gritty and lovely song "Happy Ever After."

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Soundcheck's Video Playlist

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Watch a playlist of some of our favorite in-studio video sessions from this year so far.

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New York Guitar Festival Marathon Celebrates 'Las Americas'

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hear select performances from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon, held at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.

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Pete Seeger: Out Of One Voice, Many

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger wasn’t just a folk singer: He was the model, the exemplar of what most Americans mean when they say “folk singer.” Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance of the folk artist and activist, who died Monday at age 94.

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Share Your Pete Seeger Story

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The singer, songwriter and music icon had a special relationship with New York. He was born in Manhattan, launched his career in the city, and eventually become a pioneer in the folk music movement based in Greenwich Village. He died Tuesday at 94. We want to hear your memories of Pete Seeger, his music and his life.

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Your Cooking Soundtrack, And Why Bluegrass Makes The Best Eggs

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, we want to know what you listen to when you're in the kitchen.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: The Hold Steady's New Song Shows Its 'Teeth'

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Hold Steady is set release Teeth Dreams, its first record since 2010's Heaven Is Whenever on March 25 and the band has given fans a first taste with the song "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You." Members of the Soundcheck team give the new track a spin and have these first impressions.

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Play Grammys Bingo With Soundcheck!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Whether you're watching to see your favorite artists perform or to mercilessly criticize today's pop stars, we want you to join Soundcheck on Sunday night, Jan. 26 as we play Grammys bingo. Will Clive Davis get a shout-out? Can you spot Lang Lang? Is someone sporting sunglasses on stage? Get five in a row and tweet Bingo!

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The Captain And Tennille Breakup Unleashes The Puns Of Twitter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For a certain type of person who grew up in 1970's, Wednesday was a difficult day of truth: The Captain & Tenille -- the kitschy pop duo best known for hits like "Muskrat Love" and "Love Will Keep Us Together" -- are getting divorced. Here's what Twitter had to say.

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Juan Wauters: Queens-Based Garage Folk, Sung In Spanish

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hear "Escucho Mucho," a track from the Uruguay-born, Queens-based Juan Wauters' upcoming new album N.A.P. - North American Poetry.

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Peter Morén Explores A Stockholm Ski Slope In 'Say My Name'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here's your chance to discover Sweden's version of our favorite Beatle. His name is Peter Morén, of Peter Bjorn & John fame, and his newly released single and music video is a singular blend of soul, New Wave and infectious pop hooks. Watch it here.

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Hollow & Akimbo: A Buoyant And Blustery Pop Anthem

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hear "Singularity," a new track from Hollow & Akimbo's upcoming self-titled debut album. 

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Check Ahead: Vex, 'Sanctuary: The Complete Discography'

Monday, January 13, 2014

Despite being active for only a few years in the mid-'80s, Vex's so called "anarcho punk" proved important underground circles. But until a new reissue, it was practically impossible track down any of the group's music. Hear Sanctuary: The Complete Discography, a collection of the punk band's entire recorded output -- all eight songs of it.

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Check Ahead: Lanterns On The Lake, 'Until The Colours Run'

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hear Until The Colours Run, the emotionally stirring new album from U.K. band Lanterns On The Lake, in its entirety.

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John Newman’s Early Contender For Song Of The Year

Friday, January 10, 2014

The year is only a little over a week old, but Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinks John Newman's single "Love Me Again" may be the next big thing from the U.K.

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Five Great Cover Songs I Heard In Concert In 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sometimes there's nothing better than a perfectly-chosen cover song pulled out at the right moment at a live show. Soundcheck's Michael Katzif runs through five of his favorite cover song concert moments of 2013.

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