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Friday, February 25, 2011

Thomas Dolby launched his career in the 1980s with the new-wave hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” Later, he created technology for musicians, mobile phones and iPads. Today: Dolby unveils new sonic creations -- with a live performance of songs in the The Greene Space. Plus: the Jamaican mento band The Jolly Boys are reinterpreting hits by Amy Winehouse, The Clash and others on a new album. They play for our live audience.

Mento Mood: The Jolly Boys

They were the hippest thing on the island of Jamaica in the late '50s, when Errol Flynn gave them their name. Flynn is long gone, but The Jolly Boys remain, and nearly 55 years later, they might still be the hippest thing on the island of Jamaica. Their latest album features covers of songs by The Clash, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse done in the pre-reggae style known as mento. Check out their performance of the song “Emmanuel Road” live in The Greene Space.

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Pop's Mad Scientist Returns

Thomas Dolby blinded us with science in the 1980s. He hit us with ringtone technology in the last decade and a psychedelic iPhone app called “Toad Lickers” in 2010. Now, he’s putting out his first new album in almost 20 years. We’ll get a sneak preview of songs as Dolby and special guests Ethel and Rachelle Garniez perform for our live audience in The Greene Space. Check out the video below with Soundcheck host John Schaefer providing the "Science!" during Thomas Dolby's performance of his classic hit.

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Live on Soundcheck: Holcombe Waller

the Portland, Ore. composer and performance artist Holcombe Waller stopped by WNYC's studios to perform the title track to his new album “Into the Dark Unknown.” Watch a video of his live performance here.

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Playlist: The Jolly Boys + Thomas Dolby

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist!

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Prince Rama

Gig Alert: Prince Rama

Prince Rama has released four albums in the past three years. The Brooklyn band's latest, Shadow Temple, was released on Animal Collective’s label Paw Tracks. Download the hauntingly epic track "Land of the Apocalypse Transcended."

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Soft Landing

Gig Alert: Soft Landing

Beirut bassist Paul Collins and drummer Perrin Cloutier team up for a folksier strum-sound in the band Soft Landing. Download the track "Baptism" here.

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Rasputina

Gig Alert: Rasputina

The original cello rock band brings its fantastical Victorian-themed chamber rock to the Highline Ballroom on Saturday. Download "Holocaust of Giants" here.

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