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Each week, the Soundcheck staff digs through their inboxes for the best, catchiest, or strangest music they can find.

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Picks of the Week

Friday, July 09, 2010

Soundcheck's Picks of the Week include a cross-continental collaboration and a new album by a bagpipe virtuoso.

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This week’s picks include a mystical minimalist and a sneak preview from one of indie rock’s biggest bands.

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Picks of the Week

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soundcheck's picks this week include an afro-pop pioneer and a musical portrait of Los Angeles of the 1940s and '50s.

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Iceland’s troublemaking volcano has been back in the news, and that country's music is back in our weekly picks. 

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CD Picks of the Week

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

This week’s picks include a look into obscure corners of the violin repertoire and yet another fine indie rock band from Montreal. 

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Every week, the Soundcheck staff highlights outstanding new releases. This week's picks include a bass player with an ear for guitarists and an indie band with prog-rock leanings. Read full reviews of our picks.

Stephan Crump & Rosetta Trio, Reclamation (Sunnyside Records) --picked by John Schaefer

Minus the Bear, ...

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two of our favorite new releases involve a cosmopolitan Ethiopian and a musical tale about the former first lady of the Philippines. Read our full reviews here.

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love
picked by John Schaefer

Meklit Hadero, On A Day Like This
picked ...

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Soundcheck's Picks of the Week

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This week's picks include beatboxing classical flutist, an indie rock take on the civil war, and saxophones from Switzerland. Read our full reviews here.

The Arte Quartet: Different Worlds (Marsyas Records)-- Picked by John Schaefer

Project Trio (self-titled, self-released album) -- Picked by Brian Wise

Titus ...

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, March 18, 2010

This week’s picks include fresh takes on Southern rock, an old English folk song and an even older French composer. Read full reviews of our picks.

The Unthanks, Here’s The Tender Coming (Rough Trade)
–-picked by John Schaefer

Robert Sadin, Art of Love (Music of Machaut) (DG)
--picked by ...

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Soundcheck's Picks of the Week

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our picks this week include a Queens DJ whose album flows like a symphony, some electronica from West Africa and the return of one of indie rock’s most polarizing figures. Read full reviews of our picks!

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag City)
–-picked by John ...

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Soundcheck's Picks of the Week

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Three outstanding new releases, as selected by the Soundcheck staff. Read full reviews of our picks here.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch) - picked by Gisele Regatao

Clogs – The Creatures In The Garden of Lady Walton (Brassland) - Picked by John Schaefer

Alfred ...

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Picks of the Week

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Soundcheck staff reviews three outstanding new releases. Read full reviews of these picks here.

Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago (Matador)
–-picked by John Schaefer

Abdullah Ibrahim & WDR Big Band Cologne – Bombella (Sunny Side)
--picked by Gisele Regatao

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor ...

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, February 18, 2010

This week’s picks include Celtic music by way of Cape Bretton, a Bristol-bred mix of rock and dub, and a musical bridge to Brooklyn. Read our full reviews here.

Brooklyn Rider, Dominant Curve (In A Circle)
--picked by John Schaefer

Malachai, Ugly Side of Love ...

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Picks of the Week

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This week’s picks include one of electronica’s premier acts, a final document from a late giant of African music and a new voice from Brazil. Read full reviews of this week's pick.

Four Tet, There Is Love In You (Domino)
--picked by Brian Wise

Ali ...

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Soundcheck's Picks of 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Our favorite albums in 2009 include music featured in a car commercial, some old Americana, Bernstein's Mass and a pioneer of Brazilian Manguebeat.

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Picks of the Week

Friday, December 11, 2009

Three outstanding new releases, as picked by the Soundcheck staff. Hear new music from composer John Corigliano, composer Michael Nyman and singer David McAlmont, and the experimental jazz outfit Garage a Trois. Read full reviews of our picks here.

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Picks of the Week

Friday, November 13, 2009

This week, our staff picks offer something for the jazz enthusiast, the indie music fan -- and something for nothing. Read our full reviews here.

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Picks of the Week

Thursday, November 05, 2009

This week's picks include some icy sounds, an economic power trio and a multicultural bunch. Click here to read our full reviews.

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Picks of the Week

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This week’s picks feature blues from 1920s America, from 21st century Mali ... and from the upcoming film Where the Wild Things Are. Read our full reviews here.

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Picks of the Week

Friday, October 02, 2009

Music finds inspiration in civil war, memory loss, and an autistic 19th century slave in our picks this week. Read our full reviews here.

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