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On Soundcheck you'll find in-studio performances by everyone from indie rockers to string quartets to jazz ensembles. When artists visit our studios, they are in peak form and often present special tracks, fan favorites and brand-new songs. In case you missed them, here are highlights culled by the Soundcheck staff.

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A Grab Bag of Recent Favorites: Brooklyn Rider, Talib Kweli, Iron and Wine and More

Friday, May 17, 2013

In this episode: We spin some of our favorite recent performances recorded in the Soundcheck studio -- including those from the folk-pop band Ivan and Alyosha, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, rapper Talib Kweli, and electro-pop musician Jamie Lidell.

Hear something you like? Check out the full sessions with each artist or band by clicking on the links below. 

Vijay Iyer: Live From The World Financial Center

Friday, December 07, 2012

For three nights in October, WNYC presented live concerts at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden atrium, with each one hosted by John Schaefer. On the last night of the event, jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer performs with his trio. The set included the piece "Break Stuff" which was inspired by music writer Jeff Chang's history of hip hop, the 2005 book Can't Stop, Wont Stop, and tells us how he was moved by a pivotal story from the dawn of the genre.

 

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Missy Mazzoli And Victoire: Live From The World Financial Center

Friday, December 07, 2012

For three nights in October, WNYC presented live concerts at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden atrium, with each one hosted by John Schaefer. In the last of the three part series, composer Missy Mazzoli performs a set with her all-female electroacoustic band Victoire. 

 

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    The Brooklyn Philharmonic At The Winter Garden

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Back in October, Soundcheck took over the stage at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. Tonight, we'll hear the Brooklyn Philharmonic collaborating with a pan steel orchestra and two different indie musicians. Then, British neo-soul band performs in the studio.

    Ted Leo: Live From The World Financial Center

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    In the first part of the show, Ted Leo -- from the popular post-punk band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists -- interprets the music of South African pioneer Hugh Masekela. Leo explains that he was inspired by the space itself to do the Masekela theme. Listen in to hear Ted explain how.  

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    Antibalas: Live From The World Financial Center

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    For the second part of the concert, we hear from Antibalas, a Brooklyn group inspired by the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti. Fela pioneered the Afrobeat style in the 1960s and '70s, mixing American funk, infectious horn arrangements -- and political messages aimed squarely at the Nigerian government. His life story was the subject of the recent Broadway musical “Fela" -- (to which members of Antibalas contributed). Hear this high energy performance -- and its unexpected encore.

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    Buke & Gase: In Concert

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Hear the inventive indie rock duo in concert recorded live at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge as part of the NPR Music and Soundcheck showcase during the CMJ Music Marathon.

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    Death Grips: Live In Concert

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Hear the extreme hip hop group in a concert recorded live at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge as part of the NPR Music and Soundcheck showcase during the CMJ Music Marathon.

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    In Studio: Adele

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Three years ago, British soul singer Adele turned heads with her hit “Chasing Pavements,” from an album called “19.” Later this month, she’ll release a followup album called “21.” She joins us to talk about it, and she gives us a sneak preview with a live performance.

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    In Studio: Noveller

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    Noveller is the solo project of experimental guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. A former member of the Brooklyn band Parts & Labor, she has also performed with Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army and Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble. She joins us to play live from her most recent album, Desert Fires.

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    In Studio: Susan McKeown

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    Grammy-winning vocalist Susan McKeown left her native Ireland for a home in New York City two decades ago. But she’s kept her Irish roots close by, with a sound that fuses a traditional Gaelic sensibility with a modern urban flair. She joins us to perform live and discuss her recent album, “Singing in the Dark.”

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    Karsh Kale

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    New York producer and tabla player Karsh Kale and the Delhi-based production team known as Midival Punditz share the cultural heritage of India and the musical heritage of the West. So what if there’s an ocean or two between them? Kale joins us in studio to talk about joining forces with the Punditz on his latest album.

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    In Studio: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    In a 50-year career, sax player Charles Lloyd has done it all. Played in Cannonball Adderley’s band. Led his own groups with sidemen like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. Had a surprise crossover rock moment in the 60s and pioneered world music in the 70s.

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    In Studio: Zlatne Uste

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Way before it became a major thread on the downtown music scene, the band Zlatne Uste has been playing Balkan Brass Band music. The band’s big annual celebration of Balkan music is coming up and we’ll hear some high-octane performances in the studio.

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    In Studio: Abigail Washburn

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Banjo player Abigail Washburn has cornered the market on a sound that fuses Appalachian and Chinese music. Her creation is loyal to both traditions, yet undeniably fresh.

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    In Studio: Dar Williams

    Thursday, December 23, 2010

    Folk-pop singer-songwriter Dar Williams began her career in Boston’s coffeehouse scene in the early 1990s. On her latest CD, “Many Great Companions,” she reinterprets songs from her career with guests like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Larkin and Gary Louris of The Jayhawks. Williams joins us to play live in our studio.

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    In Studio: Gary Lucas

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Avant garde guitarist Gary Lucas toured with Captain Beefheart in the eighties and has been making music ever since. He plays live in the Soundcheck studio.

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    In Studio: Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    Jazz drummer Matt Wilson has been getting into the holiday spirit. He brings his Christmas Tree-o to our studio to perform some traditional – and not-so-traditional – holiday songs.

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    In Studio: MNDR

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    From her cameo appearance on super producer Mark Ronson's “Record Collection” to her behind the scenes work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MNDR (aka Amanda Warner) has had a busy year. To round out 2010, she brings her experimental dance pop live to the Soundcheck studio.

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    In Studio: Sharon Van Etten

    Tuesday, October 05, 2010

    Sharon Van Etten has one of those voices: full, a little rough around the edges, never earnest – the sort that sends a hush through a noisy, crowded bar.

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