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LeBron's Headphones Game; Youngblood Hawke Plays Live

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Youngblood Hawke performs in the Soundcheck studio. Youngblood Hawke performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: We hear about how NBA star LeBron James helped a single brand of headphones become the must-have audio accessory for pro athletes and music fans alike. Writer J. Freedom du Lac joins us to talk about his recent ESPN cover story. 

Plus, the California band Youngblood Hawke plays its anthemic single “We Come Running” live in the studio.

Lucian Sulica, Director of Voice Disorders/Laryngology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, tells us how we can help keep our voices healthy during the winter months.

And: We bring you a recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert from the band Lucius (watch below). 

LeBron James and the Rise of Beats By Dr. Dre

How NBA star LeBron James helped make Beats by Dr. Dre headphones the must-have accessory for pro athletes and music fans alike.

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Youngblood Hawke: Maximalist Pop, In The Studio

Watch the California band perform an acoustic version of its anthemic single "We Come Running."

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The Science of Sore Throats

Winter can be tough on your vocal cords. Coughs, colds and sore throats all make using our voices a lot less pleasant – and, if dealt with incorrectly, could lead to bigger problems down the road, like a vocal fold hemorrhage or polyps. (Yuck!)

Dr. Lucian Sulica, Director of Voice Disorders/Laryngology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, joins us to explain what's actually happening when winter respiratory ailments cause sore throats or laryngitis -- and shares some tips on how to keep our vocal cords healthy in inclement weather. 

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Beck's soaring rendition of 'Sound And Vision' includes full orchestra, a gospel choir, an Alphorn and even a yodeler.

Beck Transforms Bowie's 'Sound And Vision' With 170-Piece Orchestra

Beck is no stranger to ambitious musical concepts, but his latest project is something far grander: The iconolast musician has filmed and recorded the David Bowie classic "Sound And Vision" with a 170-piece orchestra with 360-degree audio and film equipment to let viewers feel as if they're there in person.

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Philip Glass will use @Soundcheck to ask his questions, while Jim James will tweet from @JimJames

Web Chat: Philip Glass and Jim James

Composer Philip Glass and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James conduct a short interview via Twitter. 

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Matmos

Gig Alert: Matmos

Experimental electronic duo Matmos plays Le Poisson Rouge Monday night. Download the track "Teen Paranormal Romance."

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