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The Ghetto Brothers Reissued, Pinback In The Studio

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pinback performs live in the studio. Pinback performs live in the studio. (Michael Katzif/WNYC)

Today on Soundcheck: In 1972, members of a Bronx street gang called the Ghetto Brothers released the record Power-Fuerza. Now, this once-rare nugget is being reissued. Ghetto Brothers founder and lead singer Benjy Melendez and DJ and hip hop journalist Jeff "Chairman" Mao join to discuss the album.

Then, Pinback performs songs from its latest album Information Retrieved.

And Billboard editor Joe Levy drops by to talk about the business of The Rolling Stones.

Guests:

Joe Levy

The Ghetto Brothers' Elusive Record Resurfaces, Four Decades Later

In the late 1960s, the Ghetto Brothers gang formed in the South Bronx. The primarily Puerto Rican and African-American club eventually grew to include several thousand members in the borough alone, and factions of the group spread throughout the U.S. But the Ghetto Brothers wasn't just a gang. They were also a rock band, formed by founding members Benjy, Robert and Victor Melendez.

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Pinback's Stolen Glory

When Pinback bassist Zach Smith's custom-made instrument was stolen during a gig in San Diego, the band's drummer snapped into action. They recount the chase that ensued. Plus, watch the indie rock band perform "Proceed To Memory" in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Business Of The Rolling Stones

Billboard editor Joe Levy explains how "the world’s greatest rock and roll band" gave birth to the modern touring industry.

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Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner performs solo as Flock Of Dimes at the Black Cat Backstage in Feb. 2012.

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner Goes Dance Pop As Dungeonesse

While Wye Oak has been on a break, guitarist and singer Jenn Wasner has kept busy, releasing singles under a new moniker, Flock Of Dimes. She now eschews the brooding guitar noise for dreamy dance pop in another new side project, Dungeonesse.

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Gig Alert: Eliane Elias

Brazillian jazz pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias plays at Birdland on Wednesday night. Download her track "B is for Butterfly"

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Exclusive Download: Lewis Watson, 'Even If'

The 20-year-old British singer-songwriter Lewis Watson is an unfamiliar name to American audiences -- but that may be about to change. Download the song "Even If" from his new EP, Another Four Sad Songs.

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