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Sing Along Songs

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

British researchers asked why crowds love to sing along to some songs and not others. Will their research hold up in America?

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Gig Alert: THEESatisfaction

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Seattle hip-hop and R&B duo THEESatisfaction performs with Shabazz Palaces at Fort Greene Park. Download their single "QueenS."

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Another Tragedy and the Arts

Monday, July 23, 2012

The shooting at an Aurora, Colorado film theater raises old questions and bad memories.

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Gig Alert: Lee Fields & The Expressions

Monday, July 23, 2012

Retro-soul outfit Lee Fields & The Expressions performs with Wilco at Celebrate Brooklyn on Monday night. Download title song "Faithful Man" from their new album. 

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Big Brother's Name Is... Bonnaroo?

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Bonnaroo Festival’s hi-tech wristbands should bother anyone concerned about privacy and surveillance.  If only they weren’t so awesome.

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Gig Alert: Deleted Scenes

Friday, July 20, 2012

DC indie-pop outfit Deleted Scenes plays The Rock Shop on Friday night. Download its quirky tune "The Days of Adderall." 

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Everybody Dance Now!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The huge popularity of EDM – electronic dance music - has led to a sea change in concerts lately, as huge crowds gather to watch brand-name DJs like Skrillex, Deadmau5, and Avicii. Nothing wrong with that, but it was great to be reminded last night at Celebrate Brooklyn that there are still bands playing dance music the old-school way: with multiple human beings and instruments being played in real time.

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Alex Winston: Rolling Stones Top 5

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back in 2010, indie rocker Alex Winston released a chilling version of the Rolling Stones' "Play With Fire." This year marks the iconic British band's 50th year - so during her recent visit to the Soundcheck studio, we asked Alex to share her top five favorite Stones tracks. 

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Gig Alert: Angel Haze

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rapper and singer Angel Haze performs at Santos Party House on Thursday night. Download her new single "New York."

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Hot Chip Performs at Celebrate Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Watch video of Hot Chip's performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 18, 2012.

 

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New York's Newest Music Venue

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Williamsburg Park opened for business last night.  John Schaefer reports on the bands – and the venue.

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Dylan Listening Party: You Pick the Album

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When we asked our listeners for their summer music resolutions back on June 1, we got a lot of interesting responses. Writer A.J. Jacobs' was simple: get to know the work of a singer-songwriter named Bob Dylan. We want you to help him.

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Summer Resolutions Check-In: Listener Ted

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Longtime Soundcheck listener and music fan Ted also happens to be an artist and designer - so it makes sense that his "summer resolution" is to design a piece of furniture facilitating the "playing of, listening to, or storage of music or an instrument." Ted told us, "I have been thinking for almost a year about some furniture we planned to do already with a musical theme. I would definitely appreciate the deadline." 

Now halfway through July, we checked in with Ted about his summer resolution, and he told us that despite his hectic summer - "I have definitely been productive." Here's the evidence!

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Gig Alert: Clare and the Reasons

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Brooklyn chamber-pop band Clare and The Reasons performs at Le Poisson Rouge. Download its haunting new single "The Lake." 

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Bob Dylan’s Two Tempests

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News of the forthcoming Dylan album is jockeying for position with a TV show that claims to have found the electric guitar Dylan famously plugged in at Newport in 1965. First the new album: it will be called Tempest, and will be his 35th full-length release and his first album since the puzzling Christmas record he did in 2009.

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Gig Alert: Best Coast

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

California surf-pop band Best Coast plays Terminal 5 on Tuesday night. Download its catchy lead single, "The Only Place."

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Go Ahead - Make My Day

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some of your favorite lines from the movies are turning up in album titles, and even band names. 

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What's Going On Under There?

Monday, July 16, 2012

In this series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with Gabrielle – an "aging" fan of comedy podcasts and Fiona Apple.

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Alec Baldwin: Top 5 Peter Frampton Songs

Monday, July 16, 2012

On the latest installment of Here's the Thing, Alec Baldwin talks with Peter Frampton about the guitar god's career, his signature talk-box effect and the smash success of "Frampton Comes Alive," one of the most successful live albums in history. In fact, the podcast opens with a mighty guitar riff from that recording. "Come on, admit it," Alec begins. "If you're my age, you remember exactly where you were when you heard this."

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Gig Alert: Mandolin Orange

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Chapel Hill alt-country duo Mandolin Orange performs at Rockwood Music Hall on Monday night. Download the outfit's lead single, "Haste Make."

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