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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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Brooklyn Rider Live

Friday, July 09, 2010

The young string quartet Brooklyn Rider takes on everything from Debussy and John Cage to works featuring the Japanese shakuhachi and electronics. With their high-energy performing style and occasional gigs in rock clubs, the group is helping to shake up the once staid image of the string quartet.


Delorean: In Studio

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Barcelona-based outfit Delorean takes its name from the short-lived auto manufacturer that, in turn, inspired a time machine in the Back to the Future film franchise of the 1980s. Formed 10 years ago as an electronic side-project for Basque punk musicians, the group leaves little trace of its hardcore past on a new album of synth-pop and dance rock called Subiza. They join us to perform live in our studio.


Jazz Original: Paul Motian

Monday, July 05, 2010

In the late 1950s, Paul Motian became a regular in pianist Bill Evans' famous trio. Today, this influential drummer and composer is known for often performing sans piano.


Lang Lang Live

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Lang Lang has become a global brand name. This year, the piano superstar has hobnobbed in Davos, appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, organized a Haiti earthquake benefit at Carnegie Hall, and launched his own line of Steinway student pianos.

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The Unthanks: In Studio

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Two years ago, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset nearly made off with Britain’s Mercury Prize with their album The Bairns.

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Robert Randolph Live

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Robert Randolph grew up playing pedal steel guitar in church. Now, he puts his virtuosity to work in the funk, blues and soul outfit The Family Band.


Blitz the Ambassador: In Studio

Friday, June 18, 2010

Brooklyn rapper Blitz the Ambassador grew up in the Ghanaian city of Accra before heading to Brooklyn to pursue a life in music.

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Villagers: In Studio

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien performs under the name Villagers. He joins us to play live in our studio.

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Sean Bones and Norah Jones: In Studio

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In the new indie movie Wah Do Dem, indie musician Sean Bones plays a young Brooklynite who gets dumped by his girlfriend, played by Grammy winner Norah Jones. Bones' character winds up wandering the Jamaican countryside -- and a luxurious cruise ship.

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Pedrito Martínez

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Singer-percussionist Pedrito Martínez plays a high-octane form of Cuban salsa called timba. But he's also been known to tackle songs by the Police.

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Joyce Moreno: In Studio

Monday, June 14, 2010

Brazilian singer Joyce Moreno started her recording career when she was 16, in the mid 60s when male artists dominated the field.

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Fred Hersch: In Studio

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch has earned three Grammy nominations and has released more than 30 albums, but in a way he feels he is just starting out.

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Sarah McLachlan

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It’s been seven years since Sarah McLachlan released her last studio album and eleven years since Lilith Fair traversed the country, spreading good music, championing worthy causes, and celebrating women everywhere.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Unlike many musicians whose musical careers began early in life, Linfinity front man Dylan Von Wagner didn’t start playing music seriously until his late 20s. From this latent interest in music sprouted Linfinity. This strangely-named sextet blends rock and Americana to create a sound that is both unique and unsettling. 

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Prism Quartet

Friday, June 04, 2010

For 25 years, one of the most adventurous classical groups in America has been a quartet…of saxophones. Prism Quartet has championed new music and played with jazz and world musician...


Jace Everett Live

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Singer-songwriter Jace Everett grew up playing country music in church in Texas and later moved to the twang-capital of the nation: Nashville. But his most famous song is actually connected with vampires in Louisiana – he wrote "Bad Things," theme song for the HBO series “True Blood.”

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Sasha Dobson Live

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sasha Dobson came on the New York music scene in the past decade as a budding young jazz singer, with a particular gift for scatting and improv. But on her latest album, “Burn,” she’s emerged as a folk rocker with a strong taste for country and blues, with influences ranging from Lucinda Williams to Elliott Smith.


La Cumbiamba eNeYé

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cumbiambas are outdoor parties that happen in Colombia. The New York-based band La Cumbiamba eNeYé transforms that celebratory music with contemporary sounds from all over the world – the band members come from Latin America, Middle East, the US and Europe.

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Edmar Castañeda

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Edmar Castañeda began playing the Colombian harp at a young age, but it wasn’t until he was a teenager that he fell in love with jazz.

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Raul Midòn: In Studio

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

After working as a session singer for artists like Shakira and Julio Iglesias, Raul Midòn became a singer-songwriter and guitarist with a unique percussive, flamenco/jazz guitar style.

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