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.
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.
The young string quartet Brooklyn Rider takes on everything from Debussy and John Cage to works featuring the Japanese shakuhachi and electronics. With their high-energy performing style and occasional gigs in rock clubs, the group is helping to shake up the once staid image of the string quartet.
The Barcelona-based outfit Delorean takes its name from the short-lived auto manufacturer that, in turn, inspired a time machine in the Back to the Future film franchise of the 1980s. Formed 10 years ago as an electronic side-project for Basque punk musicians, the group leaves little trace of its hardcore past on a new album of synth-pop and dance rock called Subiza. They join us to perform live in our studio.
Lang Lang has become a global brand name. This year, the piano superstar has hobnobbed in Davos, appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, organized a Haiti earthquake benefit at Carnegie Hall, and launched his own line of Steinway student pianos.
Two years ago, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset nearly made off with Britain’s Mercury Prize with their album The Bairns.