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Gig Alert: Dead Can Dance

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Moody Australian duo Dead Can Dance plays The Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night. Download the track "Amnesia" from the band's first new release in sixteen years.

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Summer Resolutions: Ted's Been Busy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our listener Ted in Atlanta sends us an update about his summer resolution project, proving that he has been hard at work achieving his goals. 

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Gig Alert: Underground System Afrobeat

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Underground System Afrobeat puts a New York spin on a classic West African pop sound. The band plays Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday night. Download the track "B.O.B."

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Gig Alert: Joseph Arthur

Monday, August 27, 2012

New York-based painter, poet and songwriter Joseph Arthur plays City Winery on Monday night. Download the track "Travel as Equals."

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Ask Fan Landers: Helpful Advice For Musicians

Friday, August 24, 2012

For 56 years, people wrote in about love, life and loss to the weekly column by Ann Landers. But there wasn’t anywhere to go if you needed advice of a musical nature. Until now. Music writer Jessica Hopper  pens a weekly advice-to-musicians column at the Village Voice under the name Fan Landers. We got Jessica, er, Fan, on the line to answer a few questions.

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Gig Alert: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff brings its bluesy, gothic Americana to the Mercury Lounge on Sunday Night. Download the track "Look Out Mama."

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Gig Alert: Nite Jewel

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nite Jewel is the name of the electro-lounge project from Los Angeles artist and musician Ramona Gonzalez. Recently, it sounds like she’s been listening to the German pop avant garde, like Kraftwerk -- who she’ll be paying tribute to tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.

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How Squarepusher Pushes Boundaries Of Sound And Vision

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The English electronic artist Squarepusher stands out from a crowded field, both for his innovative music and his distinctive look. The musician has created a visually captivating lighting rig that works perfectly with his music.

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Gig Alert: Sebadoh

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Indie rock pioneers Sebadoh play the Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download the track "Keep the Boy Alive" from the group's brand new EP.

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Singing In The Stadiums: Soccer Has The Most Musical Fans

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Soccer may be the world’s game, but it has a surprisingly American soundtrack.

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Gig Alert: Jon Batiste

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Orleans-bred New York-based pianist Jon Batiste performs at Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night. Download the song "You and I."

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Pick 3: New Music From Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and Janka Nabay

Monday, August 20, 2012

The end of August is traditionally a slow time in the music biz. But between a few recent releases and some advance glimpses at a few of the many projects set to be unleashed in September, there's still plenty to occupy your ears. John Schaefer looks ahead to three new releases worth checking out.

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Gig Alert: Teengirl Fantasy

Monday, August 20, 2012

Electro-pop duo Teengirl Fantasy plays Summerstage at East River Park Monday night. Download the track "Cheaters."

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Hot Pants, Baby Songs, and Milo Greene

Monday, August 20, 2012

Journalist and “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” regular Faith Salie stops by to talk about facing a new parent dilemma – what to sing to her baby. Plus, Soundcheck producer Gretta Cohn gets to the bottom of the ‘70s hot pants trend. And, the band Milo Greene makes an unexpected friend. Get the full episode here or on iTunes.

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Tracing "Feel So Close" Back to Africa

Friday, August 17, 2012

Host John Schaefer follows a hunch, and connects the popular hit "Feel So Close" by British DJ Calvin Harris to the African "Congotronics" sound.

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Gig Alert: Imperial Teen

Friday, August 17, 2012

Indie-pop group Imperial Teen plays the Knitting Factory on Friday night. Download the band's impossibly catchy single "Runaway."

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Romney Campaign Hits The Panic Switch, And It Hits Back

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It is happening again: a political campaign uses a song to pump up the crowd - apparently without really listening first.  And the band says no way. 

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Gig Alert: Boo Hanks And Dom Flemons

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blues guitarist Boo Hanks and Dom Flemons, of Carolina Chocolate Drops, play Joe's Pub Thursday night. Download the track "Girls Are Crazy About Me."

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Beer Talk: The Two Man Gentlemen Band

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vaudeville swing duo The Two Man Gentlemen Band returns to our studio with its latest release, Two at a Time. Tune in at 2pm for a live audio stream from the Soundcheck studio.

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Podcast: Dan Deacon Plays Live, Rock Shows at Sea, and Your Nightmare Cruise

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bespectacled Baltimore musician and composer Dan Deacon performs live music from his new album, America. Plus, we talk with Billboard editor Joe Levy about rock shows at sea - and our listeners chime in with their concert cruise nightmares. Get the full episode here, or on iTunes.

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