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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.