Seattle hip-hop and R&B duo THEESatisfaction performs with Shabazz Palaces at Fort Greene Park. Download their single "QueenS."
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.
DC indie-pop outfit Deleted Scenes plays The Rock Shop on Friday night. Download its quirky tune "The Days of Adderall."
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.
Rapper and singer Angel Haze performs at Santos Party House on Thursday night. Download her new single "New York."
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!
The Brooklyn chamber-pop band Clare and The Reasons performs at Le Poisson Rouge. Download its haunting new single "The Lake."
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.
California surf-pop band Best Coast plays Terminal 5 on Tuesday night. Download its catchy lead single, "The Only Place."
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."
The Chapel Hill alt-country duo Mandolin Orange performs at Rockwood Music Hall on Monday night. Download the outfit's lead single, "Haste Make."