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Check Ahead: Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O’Keeffe

Monday, October 07, 2013

Mikael Jorgensen and Greg O'Keefe's self-titled album is full of multi-layered synth soundscapes from the Wilco keyboardist.

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Buke And Gase: Punk-Infused Postmodern Dance

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Watch Buke And Gase's latest video for its song "Revel In Contempt," a collaboration with Susan Marshall & Company's evening-length dance work, Play/Pause.

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Check Ahead: SWF, 'Let It Be Told'

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hear Let It Be Told, the new album from SWF in its entirety.

 

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The Head And The Heart's Exuberant 'Shake,' Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Seattle indie-pop band  The Head and The Heart debuted in 2009 with a self-titled album that released on its own. Now, on the brink of releasing a followup record, Let's Be Still, the band stopped by the Soundcheck studios to play us some songs from its new album. We'll bring you the entire session in a couple of weeks, but today, hear a preview: a live performance of the song "Shake." 

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Jeremy Denk And Vijay Iyer On Receiving MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grants'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and classical pianist Jeremy Denk are among this year's recipients of the 24 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

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Barnburners: Vensaire Transforms A Barn Into A Flowery Performance Space

Monday, September 23, 2013

Watch Brooklyn band Vensaire transform an old 18th-century barn in Upstate New York into a dynamic and flowery performance space as part of the new music Web series Barnburners.

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Check Ahead: Raccoon Fighter, 'ZIL'

Monday, September 23, 2013

On ZIL, the swaggering debut from the garage rock band Raccoon Fighter.

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Alex Winston: Dark Choral Pop On '101 Vultures'

Friday, September 20, 2013

Alex Winston's voice may provokes inevitable comparisons to Kate Bush, but her songwriting is distinctly her own. Hear "101 Vultures," a brand new song from Winston that hints at what to expect on her next album.

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Test Your Fandom With Soundcheck's Madonna Quiz

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Test your Madonna knowledge with this quiz.

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Beck's 'Gimme' Completes A Trilogy Of Stand-Alone Singles

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hear "Gimme," a new song from Beck.

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Check Ahead: Ha Ha Tonka, 'Lessons'

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

On the tuneful and buoyant new album from the indie-Americana band.

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My Madonna Moment: On The Cover Of Spin Magazine

Monday, September 16, 2013

All this week, Soundcheck is marking the 30th anniversary of the Material Girl’s first album, and we’re asking listeners and readers to share their "Madonna Moment." Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his, which involves Spin Magazine's first cover.

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They Were Augustines, Now They're Back With A New Name And New Song

Friday, September 13, 2013

The indie rock band once called We Are Augstines has now changed its name to simply Augustines. The band has also unveiled a new track "Cruel City" for an album due in January.

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Bill Callahan Finds A Garden Escape From The Loud City

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New York's 6th & B Community Garden was just the right setting for the artist formerly known as Smog. Watch Bill Callahan perform "Small Plane," from his new album Dream River.

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When Old Music Equals Modern Art

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Cloisters brings a bit of medieval Europe -- and some modern art -- to New York.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Arcade Fire's New Song, 'Reflektor'

Monday, September 09, 2013

At long last, after weeks of teases, mystery and leaks, Arcade Fire has finally released its new single "Reflektor" from its forthcoming album of the same name. Members of the Soundcheck team weigh in with their initial thoughts.

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Check Ahead: Tony Joe White, 'Hoodoo'

Monday, September 09, 2013

On Hoodoo, the new album from the “Swamp Fox” Tony Joe White.

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Remix The Mayor: Listener Challenge

Monday, September 09, 2013

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The race for the New York City’s next mayor is heating up -- and we have the voices of mayors past ready for your remix.

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A Silent Birthday Wish To John Cage

Friday, September 06, 2013

A Park Slope wine shop had an especially clever birthday wish for avant-garde composer John Cage, who would've turned 101 yesterday.

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Video Premiere: Tremor, 'Huella'

Friday, September 06, 2013

Watch the new video from the Argentine “digital folklorico” trio Tremor.

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