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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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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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The Pacifica Quartet

Friday, October 23, 2009

Known for their extreme performances, The Pacifica Quartet played all six of Elliott Carter’s gruelingly difficult string quartets in a single evening last year. Now, the quartet is taking on a feat of a different kind: a residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a prestigious post held for 43 ...


Wu Man

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wu Man, a virtuoso of the pipa, a Chinese lute, is a graduate of Beijing's Central Conservatory who left China 20 years ago to pursue a career on the international stage. After performing with everyone from Kronos Quartet to saxophonist Henry Threadgill, she's now turning her attention to the traditional ...

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Revival of the Fittest: The Wiyos

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just because The Wiyos have a flair for vaudeville doesn't mean this Brooklyn-based band appeals to niche audiences. This past summer, they played to huge crowds as an opening act for superstars Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. We'll hear their refreshing take on Americana, live in our studio.


The Brothers Dessner

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

With the rock band The National, Bryce and Aaron Dessner earned critical acclaim. With the Red Hot compilation "Dark Was the Night," the twin brothers gathered pop and indie rock stars for an AIDS awareness project. Now, they're dipping their toes into classical waters. The Dessners join us to talk ...

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Califone Live

Monday, October 19, 2009

The experimental indie group Califone is hard to pin down – and so is their latest project. It’s either an album or a feature-length film. The band’s primary songwriter, Tim Rutili, joins us to talk about All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, a joint music-and-film project that the band is ...

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