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