Take a cool, Cabaret-style voice, add a sly sense of humor, and pull from a treasury of great songs on both sides of the Atlantic, and you have Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester. The German singer has become a cult favorite thanks to music that echoes of Weimar Germany, Tin Pan Alley, and more recent pop. Hear Raabe perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Following an explosive and bizarro appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, Chicago garage rockers bring their searing punk to the Soundcheck studio.
Bear's Den has built a cult following in England thanks to its heartfelt three-part harmonies, personal songwriting, and DIY approach -- right down to the custom hand-carved potato paw prints stamped on each CD. Hear the U.K. indie folk trio band perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Watch the Athens, Ga. band play acoustic versions of new songs from its 12th album, English Oceans, in the Soundcheck studio.
Watch Nashville-born, New York-based alt-country singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell perform "Can't Wait" from her latest album, No Way There From Here, in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear the country music legend play songs from her acclaimed new album, The River & The Thread, which will surely be one of year's best country and Americana albums.
Watch Claypool perform raw, country-esque renditions of his classic songs and covers with his latest project Duo de Twang live in the Soundcheck studio.
The globetrotting South African choir, best known for its work on Paul Simon's Graceland, play some songs from its beautiful new album live in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear the young Oklahoma singer-songwriter perform songs from his latest album in the Soundcheck studio.
Natalia Clavier's new album Lumen reflects the bustle of Brooklyn, through the lens of her former homes in Buenos Aires and Barcelona. The sometimes-singer of Thievery Corporation performs a stripped-down set of her genre-defying songs in the Soundcheck studio.
On her superb 2013 record, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, Courtney Barnett sings of long-winding and darkly comedic tales and matter-of-fact observations. Watch the Australian songwriter and her band play in the Soundcheck studio.
The Chapel Hill collective eschews the sweeping strings and chamber music arrangements for a sleeker, dance pop sheen on its latest album, Past Life. Hear them perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
After two albums of winding polyrhythmic instrumentals, the members of Delicate Steve began to make music that felt far different from what they had done before. So they started a new band, Saint Rich. Watch the band play songs from its album, Beyond The Drone, in the Soundcheck studio.
Since "Lovefool" and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, The Cardigans have enjoyed international acclaim and Nina Persson has been one of Sweden’s most distinctive and beloved singers. Watch Persson perform songs from her first solo album, Animal Heart, in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear jazz pianist Helen Sung perform works from her latest recording, Anthem For A New Day, in the Soundcheck studio.
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jonathan Wilson plays 1970s soft-rock inflected songs from his new album Fanfare live in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear Blind Boys of Alabama perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Since Elizabeth and the Catapult's 2010 album, The Other Side Of Zero, frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman stepped away from it all: She took up the guitar, busked in the subways, played drums with Kishi Bashi, and wrote music for films. But now, Ziman has reunited with her old bandmates for a new record, Like It Never Happened. Hear the band play its new songs in the Soundcheck studio.
Watch singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau perform "Cradle Your Device" and more from his latest album, Grass Punks, in the Soundcheck studio.
He's served as the keyboardist in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and as a go-to veteran session player for Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and countless other greats. Now, Tench is taking center stage with his debut solo album, You Should Be So Lucky.