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.
New York-based painter, poet and songwriter Joseph Arthur plays City Winery on Monday night. Download the track "Travel as Equals."
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.
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.
Soccer may be the world’s game, but it has a surprisingly American soundtrack.
New Orleans-bred New York-based pianist Jon Batiste performs at Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night. Download the song "You and I."
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.
Electro-pop duo Teengirl Fantasy plays Summerstage at East River Park Monday night. Download the track "Cheaters."
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.
Host John Schaefer follows a hunch, and connects the popular hit "Feel So Close" by British DJ Calvin Harris to the African "Congotronics" sound.
Indie-pop group Imperial Teen plays the Knitting Factory on Friday night. Download the band's impossibly catchy single "Runaway."
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.
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."
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.