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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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Check Ahead: Mainland, 'Shiner' EP

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hear the proto-punk-styled New York band Mainland's new EP, 'Shiner,' in its entirety.

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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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