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.
In this episode: Recently Soundcheck and NPR’s Latino USA teamed up during the Latin American Music Conference for a special night of music and conversation at WNYC's Greene Space. Hosted by John Schaefer and Maria Hinojosa, the bill showcased two fantastic acts who re-imagine Latin roots sounds in extraordinary ways: the Brooklyn psychedelic salsa band La Mecánica Popular and the sonically adventurous Argentinian songwriter Juana Molina.
Hear highlights from those performances – as well as hear from the ambitious and renowned Labyrinth Theater Company.
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.
Old Yellow Moon is the brand new album from country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell -- but it's hardly their first collaboration. Harris and Crowell talk about their long-lasting musical friendship -- and perform a special session recorded in The Greene Space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.