Brooklyn electro-pop duo Tiny Victories performs at the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night. Download the track "Lost Weekend.
The duo known as "The Very Best" makes electro-pop with an Afro-beat. They play The Gramercy Theatre Monday night. Download the track "Yoshua Alikuti."
Rapper turned retro-soul singer Aloe Blacc performs at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Bandshell on Sunday night. Download the track "You Make Me Smile."
Singer and songwriter Kelli Scarr brings her new country-tinged songs live to (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday night. Download the track "Dangling Teeth."
"I can hear music for the first time ever, what should I listen to?" is the headline of a Reddit post that caught my attention today. A Reddit user named deafstoryteller writes, "I was born profoundly deaf and all music sounded like trash through my hearing aids. That is until a couple days ago when I put on a new pair of hearing aids for the first time in years."
Everyone pretty much agrees that singing to babies is a good thing. Singing can help strengthen the bond between parent and child; it nurtures brain development; and in fact, women are being taught to sing to their babies while they're still in the womb. Heck, even dogs know that it's important.
Brooklyn indie pop group Heavenly Beat plays live at Public Assembly on Wednesday night. Download the track "Tradition."
It's 2052. And we're programming an oldies station that plays the "turn of the century hits" (that's 21st century). What music from the '90s, '00s and '10s would survive? And what wouldn't? We ask Chris Molanphy - author of the "100 & Single" Billboard charts column in the Village Voice - and Scott Shannon - WPLJ host and creator of the syndicated radio network The True Oldies Channel.
Well, all of us saw this coming. "All of us" being myself and the other 30 million people worldwide who've picked up copies of the sado-masochistic beach reads that are the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. (Whatever. I only read the first book, and I also read "The Great Gatsby" this summer, so don't judge.) This morning, EMI Classics announced that the novels have inspired an upcoming album - a literary soundtrack, if you will - comprised of 15 classical works featured in the books.
Forty years ago, hot pants (as the B-52s later put it) exploded. They were on the runways, in shopping malls -- and on the pop charts too, starting with James Brown. Do you have a hot pants story? We need your help for an upcoming episode of Soundcheck.
Folk troubadour M. Ward plays live at Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell Tuesday night. Download the track "Primitive Girl."
Wisconsin-based musician Chris Porterfield started out in a band with Justin Vernon, who went on to win Grammys under the name Bon Iver. As Porterfield’s band Field Report gears up to release a debut next month, we have an exclusive stream of the track “Chico the American.”
The English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Joe Jackson (best known for hits like “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and “Steppin Out”) recently stopped by to talk about his new album of Duke Ellington songs, called "The Duke." Jackson is also quite the stealth connoisseur when it comes to beer -- and so we invited him to sample a few ales with us in this installment of Beer Talk.
The British band Alt-J brings its idiosyncratic alt-pop to the Mercury Lounge Monday night. Download the new song "Fitzpleasure."