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Throughout the 2014 World Cup, Soundcheck will be getting to know the music of Brazil -- and will be listening to soccer-related music from the world at large. 

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The 2014 World Cup: Some Final Thoughts

Monday, July 14, 2014

This World Cup had it all: A huge haul of goals, but also stunning goalkeeping, stout defense, lots of late drama, overachieving minnows and mighty giants brought low. Soundcheck host...
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The World Cup Final: Who Will Rule The World?

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will ro...
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World Cup Lingo, Explained

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

If you’ve been watching the World Cup on ESPN and/or ABC, then you may have noticed that most of the announcers are British. This is quite a comfort to the growing number of American ...
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World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other --...
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My World Cup Vacation: U.S. Loss Feels Like A Win

Friday, June 27, 2014

The United States Men's National Team may have lost 1-0 to Germany, but the Americans are still heading to the knockout round of 16, with a little help from Portugal's win over Ghana ...
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My World Cup Vacation: A Little Messi Magic Goes A Long Way

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just when you might have been thinking, "Wow, you must need to be a real jerk to be a top soccer player," along comes Lionel Messi to show everyone how it should be done. All he does ...
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My World Cup Vacation: Soccer's Supervillain Bites Again

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Big day in the World Cup yesterday, as yet another highly regarded former champion was sent home (that would be Italy) and another surprise package (Greece) earned a ticket to the nex...
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My World Cup Vacation: You Can't Watch 'Em All

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer has watched practically every minute of this year's World Cup. Now, with two games running simultaneously, he has to choose which one will get his attention.

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My World Cup Vacation: Keep Calm And Carry On, A Draw Is Just Fine

Monday, June 23, 2014

For Soundcheck host John Schaefer and practically everyone else watching the World Cup this weekend, Sunday was all about U.S.A. and Portugal. Yes, we're all disappointed that Portuga...
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My World Cup Vacation: A New Favorite Team

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer may have the week off, but that hasn't stopped him from watching practically every minute of this year's World Cup from the cozy confines of his couch. H...
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My World Cup Vacation: A Tale Of Two Refs (Or Three)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on England's loss, the referees who make their presences known, and Brian Eno.

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My World Cup Vacation: The King Is Dead

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on two teams reaching the end of the World Cup runs: defend...
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My World Cup Vacation: Mexico's Brilliant Keeper And Soccer's Biggest Hair Scores For Belgium

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on Brazil and Mexico's dramatic draw, and Belgium's late win from yesterday's action.

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My World Cup Vacation: Germany Ices Ronaldo, German-Americans Bolster Team USA

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More commentary from host John Schaefer, as he takes the week off to watch the World Cup.

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My World Cup Vacation: Musings On Croatia, The Dutch, And Wayne Rooney

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Host John Schaefer takes the week off to watch the World Cup, and sends back these thoughts from his TV viewing spot in Park Slope. 

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Hate The Official World Cup Anthem? Try These Instead

Friday, June 13, 2014

The official song of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is called “We Are One,” by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, featuring Jennifer Lopez and the Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte. And if ...

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The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Indie Music From São Paulo To Rio

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Soundcheck continues its series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. Julia Furlan, Buzzfeed audio editor and São Paulo native, helps us scratch...

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Brazil Has Been Singing About Soccer For 100 Years

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All this week, Soundcheck has been looking at the music of Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup. The tournament begins tomorrow, but Brazil has been singing about soccer for almost ...

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George Vecsey Shares The Sound Of 'Eight World Cups'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

George Vecsey spent his career as a New York Times sports columnist covering all sorts of sports and sporting events -- from baseball and boxing to the Olympics. But he also spent a g...

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The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Rhythms Of Pernambuco

Monday, June 09, 2014

Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader...

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