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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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Spottiswoode & His Enemies

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 ...

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The Jupiter String Quartet

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 ...

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Ra Ra Riot

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 ...


The Fiery Furnaces

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.

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The Ahn Trio

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 ...


Regina Spektor

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 ...

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Irvin Mayfield

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 ...

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Mike Doughty

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Mike Doughty 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, ...

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Ana Moura

Monday, August 04, 2008

Ana Moura 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 ...


Bon Iver

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 ...

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Dan Zanes and Friends

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 ...

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Brendan James Live

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 ...

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Camp Appeal

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 ...

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Ambulance LTD

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 ...


Grupo Afroperuano Caracumbe

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.


Datarock 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 ...

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Lionel Loueke

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 ...


Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene

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 ...


Colin McGrath

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.

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The Real Tuesday Weld

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."