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.
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.
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.
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.
Two years ago, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset nearly made off with Britain’s Mercury Prize with their album The Bairns.
The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien performs under the name Villagers. He joins us to play live in our studio.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.