Each week, the Soundcheck staff digs through their inboxes for the best, catchiest, or strangest music they can find.
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Friday, July 09, 2010
Soundcheck's Picks of the Week include a cross-continental collaboration and a new album by a bagpipe virtuoso.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This week’s picks include a mystical minimalist and a sneak preview from one of indie rock’s biggest bands.
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
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 Lovepicked by John Schaefer
Meklit Hadero, On A Day Like Thispicked ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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
--picked by Brian Wise Ali ...
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.
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
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
Thursday, November 05, 2009
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
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