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Gig Alert: Escort

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The 17-piece disco dance-pop outfit Escort performs at the CBGB Festival at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday night. Download its funky single "Makeover."

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Year’s Best – The Early Contenders

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

At the end of the year, I will do what everyone else in the music biz professes to hate so much, but never misses an opportunity to do: create a top-10 list of the year’s best music.  Since the year’s only halfway gone, though, I’m going to limit myself to 5 current faves for now. 

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Revolutionary Pop Playlist

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

For July 4th this year, we're putting together a Revolutionary pop playlist - and we're going to be historically correct. The Washington Post's pop music critic Chris Richards and Barnard College history professor (and Thomas Jefferson specialist) Herbert Sloan join us to discuss songs like “The Hamilton Mixtape” from Tony winning lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Thomas Jefferson-inspired tune by folk singer Benjy Ferree, and a remembrance of black soldiers from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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Independence Day Playlist

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

After heartbreak, history is probably the most well-worn topic for singers and songwriters. But while the Civil War and the Great War have been sung to the ends of the earth, the American Revolution hasn't received nearly as much love. For this July 4th, we're remedying that with a playlist - and we're going to be historically correct. Listen to our discussion with a music critic and a historian.

Gig Alert: Omer Avital

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Israeli bassist Omer Avital brings his jazz-world fusion to Small's on Tuesday night. Download "Free Forever" from his newest effort, Suite of the East.

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Video Exclusive: Noah and the MegaFauna, "Until We Break Through"

Monday, July 02, 2012

After threatening to crash our studio via Twitter, the Los Angeles-based band Noah and the MegaFauna successfully paid us a visit (after being officially invited) on their most recent swing through New York. In addition to coming armed with a Soundcheck jingle, the band also laid down an exclusive new track.

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Gig Alert: Very Be Careful

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Los Angeles Colombian roots group Very Be Careful plays Littlefield on Monday night. Get a feel for VBC's cumbia by downloading the group's "La Furgoneta."

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The Music of the Euro 2012 Final | Musical Matchup

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Spain's Gerard Pique is one of the world's best and most versatile defenders, known for his smooth passing out of the back and perfectly-timed tackles. Meanwhile, Italy's Mario Balotelli is all power. Fast, nimble, and an excellent striker of the ball, the son of Ghanaian immigrants has become one of the breakout stars of the Euro 2012 finals.

The two will surely clash multiple times today, but both will have big voices from the music world on their side.

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The Music of the Euro 2012 final | The Official Soundtrack

Friday, June 29, 2012

We've covered what you'll hear during the national anthems and what you'll hear from the stands. Here's what will be blaring out of the stadium speakers in Kiev.

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The Music of Euro 2012 | The Fans

Friday, June 29, 2012

After the national anthems are finished, the focus of the Euro 2012 final will be squarely on the field. But in the background of what's sure to be a fantastic soccer match, there's still plenty of music to be heard.

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Gig Alert: Ecstatic Summer featuring Merrill Garbus and Roomful of Teeth

Friday, June 29, 2012

The frontwoman of tUnE-yArDs, Merrill Garbus, performs with Roomful of Teeth, William Brittelle and The Yehudim at the Ecstatic Summer concert at the River to River Festival on Saturday night. Download her group's tune "Bizness." 

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The Music of the Euro 2012 Final | The Anthems

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Before the Euro 2012 final even starts on Sunday, both Italy and Spain will display their national melodies front and center. What exactly will the players be singing (or humming along with) when their anthems are played?

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Gig Alert: Sophia Knapp

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Brooklyn pop singer Sophia Knapp plays the Knitting Factory on Thursday night. Download her disco-styled single "Close To Me."

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Britt Daniel Goes Spoonless

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The mastermind behind the popular indie band Spoon has always juggled other projects.  With no new Spoon material in sight, we check out his other band, Divine Fits. 

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Gig Alert: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Punk cabaret singer Amanda Palmer performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night. Download her new single "Want It Back" from her forthcoming, crowd-funded LP, Theatre Is Evil.

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A Non-Standard Standard

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Download the collaborative Joe Jackson-Iggy Pop track, "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." 

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Gig Alert: Suzanne Vega and Gabriel Kahane

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Singer-songwriters Suzanne Vega and Gabriel Kahane perform at the River to River Festival on Tuesday night. Download Vega's 1984 hit "Tom's Diner" and Kahane's recent single "Charming Disease."

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Soundcheck Jingles: Expert Advice

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What are you waiting for? If you haven't submitted your Soundcheck Jingle yet, now's the time! Get some know-how from today's podcast guest - jingle composer and Berklee professor Peter Bell. He discusses the art of writing jingles - and offers his take on a few that we've already received. And, watch a video of the band Noah and the MegaFauna recording their Soundcheck jingle

Plus - our weekly feature, Check Ahead, brings you song premieres and exclusive streams. Today, some brand new West Coast-style pop from the Third Coast band Gold Motel. Have a listen – and then weigh in.

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Gig Alert: Portland Cello Project

Monday, June 25, 2012

Oregon's Portland Cello Project plays the Housing Works Bookstore on Monday night. Download the group's cover of Jay Z's and Kanye West's "H*A*M."

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Best Band Names?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last week we talked about - and asked you for - the worst band names.  Now SPIN is offering a list of the Best Band Names – and we are not impressed.  

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