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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Friday, February 29, 2008
They are in their 20s and 30s, living in the US and some have recorded with Shakira and Beyonce. But when they play as the Arabesque Music Ensemble
, their focus is on traditional, even obscure, Arab music. Members of the ensemble join us to talk about the group’s second album, ...
Thursday, February 28, 2008
When the group Georgie James
formed two years ago, drummer-guitarist John Davis was keeping the beat for a Washington D.C.-area punk group. Pianist Laura Burhenn was a singer-songwriter. The duo combined their very different talents for a debut CD of catchy power pop called "Places." Burhenn and Davis join us ...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Choro is a Brazilian rhythm that started in Rio de Janeiro in the 1930s. It can now be heard every week in New York, courtesy of a Brazilian/Israeli group called Choro Ensemble
. They join us for a live performance of old tunes and original compositions.
Monday, February 25, 2008
adds an off-beat touch to the alt-country genre. The Southern singer-songwriter specializes in hard-luck Americana, but adds an experimental and storytelling flair. His latest album is "Transnormal Skiperoo," a term he uses to describe a new feeling he’s experiencing after "years of feeling lost and alone and cursed."
Friday, February 22, 2008
Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad are one of today's leading classical guitar duos. They join us to share their new album, "Jardim Abandonado," and perform in the studio.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Magnetic Fields' three-volume concept album "69 Love Songs" was widely considered an ambitious masterpiece when it came out in 1999. Two albums later the band is still creating pithy love songs but the melodic sound has gone fuzzy. Magnetic Fields songwriter, and frontman, Stephin Merrit
joins us to preview "Distortion," ...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
For many years, jazz singer Catherine Russell
made her living singing back-up, often with pop icons like Steely Dan and David Bowie. Now stepping out as a leader, she mixes blues, jazz, country and folk influences on her second solo album. She joins us today with a live performance.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Punch Brothers is an ensemble led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile of the progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek. The quintet’s debut is "Punch," a semi-instrumental album that combines bluegrass with modern classical and jazz. Its centerpiece is "The Blind Leaving the Blind," a suite in four movements that sketches out ...
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Flamenco has moved beyond the old stereotypes of tapas restaurants and kitschy souvenirs. Today, Miguel Marin
, founder of The New York Flamenco Festival, explains how younger artists -- like Diana Navarro, Rocio Molina, Eva Yerbabuena and Son de la Frontera -- are shaking up the sound and the face of ...
Monday, February 11, 2008
The Kills are an edgy rock duo from London who, as an LA Times critic describes: “make music so sexy and unsettling it can make you sweat on a cold night.” They join us for a live performance.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
How could Lucy Wainwright Roche
not be a songwriter? Her parents are folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (of the Roches), and her half-siblings are Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. But Lucy became an elementary school teacher. Now, after singing back-up vocals on her brother Rufus's tour, ...
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Grammy-award winning Malian Toumani Diabate is considered the world’s top kora player. He has brought the unique sound of his 21-string harp-lute instrument to collaborations with flamenco groups, jazz ensembles and with veteran bluesmen like his late countryman Ali Farka Toure and American Taj Mahal. He play live in studio ...
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Last year was stellar for Thomas Bartlett, the well-traveled musician known as Doveman
. He contributed to the National’s album “Boxer,” which appeared near the top of many end-of-the-year lists, and toured as an opener for them. He joins us to talk about his latest CD, “With My Left Hand I ...
Monday, February 04, 2008
23-year-old indie-songwriter Thao Nguyen
has been catching the notice of critics and fans with her smoky alto voice and eclectic songs that draw from rock, folk, country and even Dixieland jazz influences. She performs live from her second full-length album, "We Brave Bee Stings and All."
Monday, February 04, 2008
is better known as Cat Power, the singer-songwriter who of late has begun living down her reputation for unpredictable live shows. Her latest album is "Jukebox," an all-covers sequel to her 2000 effort "The Covers Album." On this latest release, she takes on Dylan, Sinatra and Billie Holiday ...
Friday, February 01, 2008
started her career strumming the harp in Central Park. The Cleveland native went on to perform in a Coney Island sideshow (as the "bilateral hermaphrodite," play organ in a South Bronx church, and work with Antony and the Johnsons. Her latest solo album, Safe Inside the Day, sounds ...
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Pianist and composer Omer Klein
is a rising star of the NY jazz scene, known for mixing jazz with Israeli music and North-African roots sounds. He joins us to perform live with his trio in our studio.
Monday, January 28, 2008
toiled though the '90s in the explosive indie band Archers of Loaf. Then he formed the folk-pop group Crooked Fingers. Now, the froggy-voiced frontman joins us for a live performance and talks about living in the back of his van (voluntarily) while writing his solo debut CD.
Friday, January 25, 2008
The Blind Boys of Alabama
have been around for 60 years and are legends in the world of gospel. The current members are all in their 70s, but they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have recently won four consecutive Grammy Awards. They join us in ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
While Lily Allen and Kate Nash caught fire in the U.S., Jack Peñate
spent last year building buzz in the U.K. Now, Americans get their first crack at his spastic brand of guitar pop. His album, "Matinee," hits stores this week. Peñate and his band play live in our studio.