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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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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.


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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In Studio: The Jazz Passengers

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For much of the 90s, The Jazz Passengers brought together an all-star cast of New York’s downtown jazz musicians. Now saxophonist/composer Roy Nathanson is reuniting the band for their first full-length recording in 12 years.

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The Two Man Gentlemen Band: In Studio

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vaudeville swing duo The Two Man Gentlemen Band has penned songs like “Chocolate Milk” and “There’s Something in My Trousers” for their latest release, Dos Amigos Una Fiesta. The album is out today; Andy Bean and Fuller Condon join us to ham it up, live in our studio.

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Chocolate Genius Inc.: In Studio

Monday, August 23, 2010

Chocolate Genius Inc. is the brainchild of the eclectic New York singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson. In recent years his collaborators have included Marc Ribot, Meshell Ndegeocello and Bruce Springsteen. 

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Tift Merritt: In Studio

Thursday, August 19, 2010

At the beginning of the decade, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt was heralded as the next alt country queen. But over subsequent albums, she turned away from the charts and focused inward.

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Respect Sextet: In Studio

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New York's Respect Sextet is known for its brash and eclectic approach to the jazz tradition. The group’s pieces mix and match elements of free jazz, funk grooves, New Orleans-style marches, bebop, and commercial jingles, all with a dash of whimsy.

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Neon Indian: Live

Friday, August 13, 2010

Musician and composer Alan Palomo records under the name Neon Indian. Originally a project that started in Austin before transplanting to Brooklyn, Palomo has been hailed as one of the best examples of the dubious new genre catalogued as "chillwave" or "glo-fi." 

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Vivica Genaux: In Studio

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux has made Venice, Italy her home for some years now but she grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. There she found that the harsh climate made her naturally suited to playing men on the opera stage and she has specialized in so-called trouser roles throughout her career.

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Mavis Staples: In Studio

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

For her latest album, soul and gospel star Mavis Staples enlisted the songwriting and producing talents of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. The result is You Are Not Alone, a collection that includes two Tweedy originals as well as songs by Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, Little Milton and others.

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FELA! Live

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Tony winning musical FELA! brings the life of Nigerian composer, musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti to the Broadway stage – and now to WNYC’s Greene Space.

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Dean & Britta Live

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In the mid-60s, Andy Warhol made nearly 500 short films of people who frequented his Factory studio in New York, including Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper and Nico. More than 40 years later, husband-and-wife duo Dean & Britta were commissioned to create music to accompany the films.

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Gabriel Prokofiev and GéNIA

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gabriel Prokofiev, the 35-year-old grandson of the great Russian composer, has been making waves as a composer of pieces like the hip-hop influenced Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra and as the director of Nonclassical, an English indie-classical label and affiliated concert series in an East London pub.

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Rachel Grimes and On Fillmore: Live

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rock became something else when pianist Rachel Grimes helped form the early post rock band called Rachel’s. Now she’s working with the duo On Fillmore, comprised of Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and bassist Darin Gray. They’ll all play live in our studio. 

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Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes: In Studio

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Husband and wife pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes have followed distinct career paths, with Charlap involved in a series of projects highlighting the Great American Songbook, and Rosnes gaining insider cred for her eclectic approach to the modern jazz repertoire.


Ted Leo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fear not, Ted Leo fans. Reports of the indie-rock hero's retirement were greatly exaggerated in the blogosphere. On his web site, Leo recently clarified statements he made about how he feels about making music. He's not quitting, but his outlook has changed. We ask him about it. And, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists play live in our studio. 

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Angela Meade: In Studio

Monday, July 12, 2010

American soprano Angela Meade made her professional stage debut unexpectedly at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 when she was asked to sing Ernani's "Elvira" at a moment’s notice. But her career was already on the upswing with a series of awards including first place at the Met's National Council Auditions.

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