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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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Also: New York-based septet Spottiswoode & His Enemies
is a swirling cocktail of indie-rock, folk, country and even big band music. Englishman Jonathan Spottiswoode leads the ensemble, whose unusual band name is part of a running gag of criminal intrigue in liner notes and on an entertaining web site. The ...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Earlier this year, the Jupiter String Quartet
was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of the most prestigious prizes in classical music. In residence at Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, the rising young group includes a married couple and two sisters. The foursome performs live in advance of ...
Monday, August 18, 2008
For a band that’s barely two years old, the chamber-rock group Ra Ra Riot
has done a lot of growing up. The Syracuse, N.Y.-based group has earned big buzz during CMJ and South by Southwest appearances and logged long hours on tour. They’ve also endured the loss of a co-founding ...
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The brother-and-sister duo behind the Fiery Furnaces
are known for rearranging and reinventing their catalog at live shows. Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger join us to talk about their 51-song -– yes, 51-song -– live album, "Remember." And, they perform live in our studio.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Ahn Trio
, comprised of three fashionable Korean-American sisters, is not a traditional classical piano trio. On their latest album, they cover jazz and popular tunes like "My Funny Valentine," and do remixes by Tao of Sound and DJ Spooky. They join us to talk about crossing over, and they ...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Since she got her start in New York’s anti-folk scene of the ‘90s, Regina Spektor has made quirky, eclectic and always personal music. This summer she can be heard performing the duet "You Don't Know Me" with Ben Folds, and her song “The Call” is featured in the movie “The ...
Friday, August 08, 2008
New Orleans cultural ambassador and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield
was about to record an album when Hurricane Katrina struck. The offices of his record company where destroyed by the floods, but thanks to his iPod – where he saved the original mixes – the music wasn't lost. Mayfield joins us to ...
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
left the successful alternative act Soul Coughing in 2000 to launch a solo career. His second official album, "Golden Delicious," is filled with quirky candy pop, including '80s-culture exploration "27 Jennifers" and "Fort Hood." The latter laments loss of innocence for American soldiers ("See them coming back, motionless, ...
Monday, August 04, 2008
is part of a new generation of singers working with fado, the melancholic and mournful Portuguese music that has attracted fans like the Rolling Stones. She joins us to talk about performing a private concert for the famous rockers and she performs in the studio. This is a ...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In a period of just a few months, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon broke up with his girlfriend, lost friends and his band. He spent a winter holed up in his father's hunting cabin in remote Wisconsin, recording songs about solitude that would be released under the name Bon Iver
. He joins ...
Monday, July 28, 2008
Former The Del Fuegos front-man Dan Zanes
reinvented himself as a kid rock star, and went on to win Grammys, with his group, Dan Zanes and Friends. Now he is adding some amigos to the bunch, as they release a new album in Spanish. It features guests like singer Lila ...
Friday, July 25, 2008
Just a few years ago, singer-songwriter Brendan James
was a struggling artist without a record deal or even a piano. But while working nights as a clerk at Urban Outfitters, he began sneaking into hotels like The Plaza, where he'd begin playing the piano - sometimes for 3 or 4 ...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Think the first radical musical work of the twentieth century -- Charles Ives' "Central Park In the Dark" -- minus ragtime, plus reggaeton. That's how composer Joshua Camp
describes his new piece in honor of Brooklyn's Prospect Park. He joins us to talk about the piece, and will bring a ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The New York rock quartet Ambulance LTD
draws on influences ranging from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones to My Bloody Valentine. They worked with The Velvet Underground's John Cale on their latest album and today they join us to perform live.Ambulance LTD plays the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Doors ...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Old-school Dominican bachata and Nuyorican experimental rock meet at the indoor Queens Theatre in the Park for the annual Chase Latino Cultural Festival. The Grupo Afroperuano Caracumbe
, which will open the festival, stops by Soundcheck to perform live.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Norwegian dance-rock duo Datarock
is infused with '80s culture, from the red tracksuits they wear (partially unzipped) onstage to lyrics about BMX bikes and Olivia Newton John. Their Reagan-era flair is so intense, one wonders how the group might have fared as a true contemporary of Kraftwerk, Devo and ...
Friday, July 18, 2008
West African Lionel Loueke
is the guitarist on Herbie Hancock’s "River: The Joni Letters," which just won a Grammy for best album of 2007. He is now releasing his Blue Note debut, Karibu, which includes appearances by Hancock himself and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Lionel Loueke joins us to talk about ...
Thursday, July 17, 2008
On his new solo album "Something For All Of Us," Brendan Canning
of Broken Social Scene steps out of the shadow of his 19-member group to show off his talent as a songwriter. But Canning doesn't completely forsake his band family; the album features performances from members of BSS and ...
Monday, July 14, 2008
Singer-songwriter Colin McGrath
combines textured instrumentation with lyrics that are contemplative and quirky. His new album, "Window Seat," is steeped in storytelling and images of Americana. Sounds of classical, folk and pop music paint touching scenes of everyday life. He performs live in our studio.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Meet British artist Stephen Coates, better known as The Real Tuesday Weld
. The guy who loves making something modern with old instruments and styles is back... with a big band. He plays a few songs off of his newest album, "The London Book of the Dead."