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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Monday, July 07, 2008
Songwriter Liam Finn
is following in the footsteps of his father, Neil, leader of two of New Zealand's best-known acts, Crowded House and Split Enz. On his solo debut, "I'll Be Lightning," Liam displays the same flair for Beatles pop that made his fathers' reputation. He joins us for a ...
Friday, July 04, 2008
From bad songwriter to one of the most talented songwriters working today. John Darnielle
of the Mountain Goats joins us to talk about his new album, about his passion for heavy metal, his writing problem... and he performs in our studio.
Monday, June 30, 2008
It was probably Lucy Wainwright Roche
’s destiny to be a songwriter. Both her parents and half siblings are from famous musical families. But instead, Lucy became...an elementary school teacher. At first. Now, after singing backing vocals on tour with her brother Rufus, she has released her solo EP. She joins ...
Friday, June 27, 2008
Pianist and composer Omer Klein is a rising star of the NY jazz scene and he combines jazz with Middle-Eastern and North-African music. He brings his trio for a live performance in our studio.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Manitoba-born violinist James Ehnes
is being called one of the hottest Canadian classical musicians to come along in a long time. Earlier this year he received a Grammy Award for his recording of concertos by Barber, Korngold and Walton. He joins us today -- in advance of an appearance with ...
Thursday, June 19, 2008
For her, he was a father. For him, he was a boyhood hero. For the nation, he was an icon. Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash
and composer and violinist Mark O'Connor
join us to talk about how Johnny Cash has inspired their musical collaboration. And they will play live.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Jonathan Meiburg is the golden-throated songwriter (and part-time ornithologist) at the heart of the Austin-based rock band Shearwater
. Two years ago, the group gained wide acclaim for the disturbing ballads and soaring vocals on the album, "Palo Santo." Shearwater's fifth release, "Rook," might be even better. They join us for ...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein
's 2007 recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" became an unlikely hit, topping the Billboard classical charts, reaching No. 3 on the Amazon charts, and for a time, leading iTunes in downloads. This summer she releases her follow-up CD, "The Berlin Concert," and tonight she performs at Le Poisson ...
Friday, June 13, 2008
Atmospheric dream-pop group A Sunny Day in Glasgow
is hell-bent on restoring the "shoegazer" crown once worn by Kate Bush, My Bloody Valentine and Lush. The Philly-based outfit features the siblings Ben and Robin Daniels. They play live in our studio before an appearance at tonight's Wordless Music Series event ...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
was famously reluctant to follow her brother Rufus, mother Kate McGarrigle and father Loudon Wainwright III into a musical career. But it’s a good thing she didn’t act on that reticence as demonstrated by "I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too," her new album of lush ...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
is best known as the leader of the alternative group The Wallflowers -- and as the son of a certain American music legend. On the Rick Rubin-produced solo album Seeing Things, Dylan offers up acoustic folk songs that touch on war, evil and the apocalypse – reminding some ...
Thursday, June 05, 2008
grew up listening to music by his father, minimalist composer and pianist Terry Riley, and Indian classical pieces. He incorporates both and many other sounds as a classical guitarist and composer. He joins us with a live performance. Gyan Riley performs tomorrow Jun. 6 at Baruch College's ...
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
New York-based band Groove Collective has played with everyone from B.B. King to the Dave Matthews Band and Tupac Shakur. They join us in studio for a live performance of their mix of funk, jazz, Latin, hip hop and rock. Groove Collective perform tonight at Joe's Pub at ...
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
In the '90s, the singer-songwriter and violinist Joan Wasser played in art-rock acts like the Dambuilders and Those Bastard Souls. Since then, she's collaborated with Antony and the Johnsons, Lou Reed and a long list of others. A few years ago, she reinvented herself in the solo act Joan as ...
Monday, June 02, 2008
Somewhere between Langhorne, Penn., and Brooklyn, Sean Scolnick became Langhorne Slim
. He and his band, the War Eagles, scored a deal with V2 Records and survived when that label fizzled. Now, Slim and his band, the War Eagles are out with their latest full-length. It’s filled with high-energy folk rock ...
Thursday, May 29, 2008
While cultivating roots sounds in the all-female string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn
also immersed herself in Chinese culture and language. Her latest project is the Sparrow Quartet, which blends traditional American and Chinese styles. Among the quartet’s ranks: master banjo player Béla Fleck, who also produced ...
Monday, May 26, 2008
The Moldy Peaches song "Anyone Else But You" is a memorable track from the star-studded soundtrack to the film "Juno." Kimya Dawson
, co-founder of the indie band and a solo artist, talks about the role her songs play in an offbeat movie about teen pregnancy. And, she performs in our ...
Friday, May 23, 2008
Atlanta-born guitarist and singer Michael Daves
caught the ear of New York bluegrass fans as a performer with two virtuosos: banjoist Tony Trischka and mandolinist Chris Thile of Nickel Creek. Now, Daves is turning heads with fleet-fingered, fiery solo work. He joins us for a live performance in our studio.
Friday, May 16, 2008
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
is a Boston-based, New Orleans-inspired collective that mixes the brass band sound with improvisation and funk. They join us for a live performance. The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble perform at their CD release party tonight at Drom at 8pm.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Bronx-based duo Pacha Massive
always navigates the American and Latin worlds. The band is made of a Dominican multi-instrumentalist, Ramon Nova, and a bassist from Washington Heights, Maya Martinez. The editors at Apple's iTunes named them 2007's best new Latin artist and songs from their debut album have been featured ...