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