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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Electronic music band Kraftwerk is in the midst of a sold-out residency in New York – inspiring tribute concerts, ticket bidding wars, and spontaneous robotic dance-offs. Today, German singer and composer Theo Bleckmann joins Soundcheck to discuss the legacy of the synthpop pioneers. Plus: A live performance from Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel.

Kraftwerk: Man, Machine, Music

As German synthpop pioneers Kraftwerk perform a series of eight career-spanning concerts at the Museum of Modern Art, we examine the history of this pivotal force in electronic minimalism. Joining us to discuss is German singer and major Kraftwerk fan, Theo Bleckmann. (And you never know - maybe a couple of robots will show up, too.)

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Stephane Wrembel: In Studio

French-born gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel has come a long way from the Roma campsites where he honed his skills. Earlier this year, he performed his original theme to the hit Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris” at the Academy Awards. The now New Jersey-based guitarist joins us with his band to play songs from his upcoming album, called “Origins.”

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Kraftwerk's Brilliantly Mixed Message

Kraftwerk's simple songs are not so simple after all.

Gig Alert: Javelin

Brooklyn electro-pop duo Javelin performs with Psychobuildings at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night. Download the band's eight-bit tune "Soda Popinski."

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