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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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Escher String Quartet

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Just three years old, the Escher String Quartet is one of the hot young quartets on the scene today. The group's the Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival and rapidly rising in the classical world. They'll play live for us in our studio and explain what it means to make ...

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Liam Finn

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 ...


John Darnielle

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.


Lucy Wainwright Roche

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 elementary school teacher. At first. Now, after singing backing vocals on tour with her brother Rufus, she has released her solo EP. She joins ...


Omer Klein Trio Live

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.


James Ehnes

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 ...


Rosanne Cash and Mark O'Connor

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.

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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 ...

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Simone Dinnerstein

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 ...

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow

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 ...

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Martha Wainwright

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Martha Wainwright 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 ...

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Jakob Dylan

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Jakob Dylan 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 ...

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Gyan Riley

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Gyan Riley 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 ...


Groove Collective

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 ...

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Joan As Police Woman

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 ...

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Langhorne Slim and the War Eagles

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 ...

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Abigail and the Sparrow Quartet

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 ...

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Kimya Dawson

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 ...


Michael Daves

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.


The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

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.

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