Right now, hundreds of bands, college radio programmers and DJs, music industry folks, and music fans are descending upon New York City for this year's iteration of the CMJ Music Marathon. Because there's so much going on, we've combed over the official (and less-than-official) schedules to pinpoint a small handful of bands we're really excited to check out this year.
There's A Last Time For Everything, is a lovely, song-rich new collection from the indie folk singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche.
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."
Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and classical pianist Jeremy Denk are among this year's recipients of the 24 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."
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.
Hear "Gimme," a new song from Beck.
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.
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.
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.
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.