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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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Rachel Barton Pine

Friday, December 04, 2009

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine survived a near-fatal train accident early in her career and is now a rising star on the concert stage. Along with classical repertoire she performs folk, Celtic, jazz and even heavy metal – earlier this year she joined the thrash/doom metal band Earthen Grave. Today she ...

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Erin McKeown

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Erin McKeown has seen her share of successes over her decade long career that has seen her release records on a major label and tour the world with artists such as Andrew Bird and Ani DiFranco. Her latest record, Hundreds of Lions, was recently released on DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records. ...

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Antarctica Gets Spooky

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In 1949, Ralph Vaughan Williams composed a musical portrait of Antarctica entitled Sinfonia Antarctica. Sixty years later, New York-based artist DJ Spooky went to the rapidly transforming continent to make field recordings. In a live performance, he gives us a preview of his commissioned multimedia piece, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica. ...

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It’s been hardly a year since Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson released his self-titled debut album, but Robinson has stayed busy. In addition to his rigorous touring, he just released his sophomore effort, Summer of Fear, in October. He joins us to perform live in our studio.

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Gerald Clayton

Monday, November 30, 2009

The 25-year-old jazz pianist Gerald Clayton is already a veteran in jazz circles, having worked with people like singer Diana Krall, trumpet player Roy Hargrove, and The Clayton Brothers (which includes his bassist father and saxophonist uncle). Gerald joins us for a live performance of songs of his debut album ...

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The Underrated Haydn

Monday, November 23, 2009

Franz Joseph Haydn is considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet. He might also be history’s most underrated composer. As the music world marks the bicentennial of Haydn's death, we explore how the composer’s gift for humor may be at the root of why he’s not taken ...

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They Might Be Giants

Friday, November 20, 2009

Are you confused by cosmology? Do you really understand photosynthesis? The brainiacs of They Might Be Giants want to help demystify those scientific concepts and many others, by playing songs from their new album, Here Comes Science, live in our studio.

They Might Be Giants perform an all ages ...

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Grant-Lee Phillips

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips has led a notable solo career since the breakup of his band Grant Lee Buffalo. But lately, he’s finding the whole band thing to be pretty irresistible. He even roped his opening act, The Winterpills, into serving as his touring band. He joins us to perform songs ...


Rickie Lee Jones Live

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thirty years after she won a Grammy for best new artist, singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has an album that she says feels like her debut. The so-called “Duchess of Coolsville," joins us to talk about the healing aspect of her new album, "Balm in Gilead," and to perform live in ...

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Forro in the Dark Live

Monday, November 16, 2009

When the rhythm known as forro made its way from the Northeast of Brazil to the Lower East Side it lost the accordion, gained more drums…and some American pop. New York-based outfit Forro in the Dark has featured David Byrne in its first album and for their new album, Light ...

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Sara Tavares Live

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sara Tavares was born and raised in Lisbon to Cape Verdian parents. The young singer-songwriter juggles languages, global influences and styles to make music that places her as a potential successor to the diva of Cape Verde, Cesaria Evora. She joins us to play live songs from her new album, ...

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Elizabeth and the Catapult

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The band Elizabeth and the Catapult describes itself as “baroque pop”, but there are elements of jazz, funk and soul on their music. They join us to perform songs from their new album, Taller Children.


Joshua Bell with Tiempo Libre and Frankie Moreno

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Violinist Joshua Bell has appeared in the world’s leading concert halls, on the Oscar-winning score to the film The Red Violin, and even in a Washington, D.C. metro station, at the urging of a Washington Post columnist. But his latest recording, At Home With Friends, was inspired by his long-time ...

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Kailash Kher

Monday, November 09, 2009

It’s a story a la Slumdog Millionaire: Kailash Kher used to live in cheap hotels in Mumbai while pursuing a music career. He is now one of Bollywood’s biggest stars and a judge on the TV show Indian Idol. He joins us with his band for a live performance.

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Vijay Iyer

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Composer and pianist Vijay Iyer has long mixed two genres in his work: jazz and Indian music. On his latest album, Historicity, he not only covers the jazz standards, but also sets his sight on popular music with covers of songs by M.I.A and Stevie Wonder. He performs lives in ...

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Alessandra Belloni

Monday, November 02, 2009

In Southern Italy, the trance dance known as the tarantella was used to cure a mental disorder among women -- who felt stuck in the spider web of their society. Singer and percussionist Alessandra Belloni joins us to share this and other histories of the tarantella. And, she performs live ...

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Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar's Ode to Jack Kerouac

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two big names in alternative music are joining forces to pay tribute to Jack Kerouac, the godfather of alternative fiction. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jay Farrar of Son Volt join us to talk about and perform songs from their soundtrack for the new documentary, One Fast ...

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Doris Day: The reclusive Hollywood star

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Her "girl next door" looks, charming personality and acting in numerous films such as The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, and Midnight Lace made Doris Day Hollywood's biggest female star from the late 1940s into the early 1960s. While trying to step away from the public limelight in ...

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Pearl and the Beard

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Brooklyn, NY-based trio Pearl and the Beard are known for infusing a little happiness into their dark and alluring folk songs. They stop by our studio for a live performance of songs from their new album, God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson.

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Kristeen Young

Monday, October 26, 2009

Singer and songwriter Kristeen Young has been rocking the piano and grabbing the attention of stars like David Bowie and Morrissey. She toured with Morrissey for two years, but was dismissed after she made on-stage remarks about his sexuality. She joins us to share her four-octave vocal range and hard-charging ...

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