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Tough Critics

Unvarnished reviews from three New York City kids.

Tough Critics is our video series three students from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. In each episode, the trio of burgeoning music critics takes on a new release -- and they don't pull any punches. 

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Soundcheck's Tough Critics Weigh In On Bach's Brandenburg Concerto

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

In this edition of Tough Critics, three kids listen to and pick apart one of J.S. Bach's most popular works, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
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Summer '94: Tough Critics On Ace Of Base

Monday, July 28, 2014

Soundcheck returns to New York's Little Red School House to see what a trio of precocious grade schoolers think about one of the most ubiquitous songs of the early '90s, Ace Of Base's "The Sign."

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Tough Critics On Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pitchfork called Godspeed You Black Emperor's 2012 song "We Drift Like Worried Fire" a "summary of everything that made this band great." But our Tough Critics think this song would s...
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Tough Critics On Jovanotti

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Soundcheck presents "Tough Critics" -- a video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will, three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in New York City. In each episode, the t...
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Tough Critics On Django Django

Monday, February 25, 2013

On the Tough Critic's playlist today: "Default," by the young English psych-pop band Django Django. The group's self-titled debut was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize...
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Tough Critics On Brandy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Today, our Tough Critics pick apart a song from Brandy's highly anticipated 2012 album, Two Eleven -- which All Music Guide hailed as "one of her best." But these critics would rather...
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Tough Critics On MNDR

Monday, September 24, 2012

Critics called MNDR's song "Faster Horses" a "surging piece of pop," and "exhilarating." But our trio of fifth graders think the song is the kind of thing you should play in detention.

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Tough Critics On Regina Spektor

Monday, September 17, 2012

This year, idiosyncratic singer-songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor released her sixth solo album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, to high praise. But that was before our Tough Cr...
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Tough Critics On Dirty Projectors

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tough Critics is our new video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will -- three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village. In each episode, the trio of bur...
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