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Grammy Nominees; Bands To Watch In 2014; Joseph Keckler

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joseph Keckler performs in the Soundcheck studio. Joseph Keckler performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: We talk about who got some love -- and who got snubbed -- in this year's Grammy nominee pool. Chris Richards of the Washington Post joins us with his take. 

Plus, we run down a list of bands and artists to keep an eye out for in 2014, like Diane Birch and Chance the Rapper, with Time's Melissa Locker

And, operatic performance artist Joseph Keckler keeps us very entertained with a live set in the studio. 

A Look At This Year's Grammy Nominees

Last week, the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced. Leading the pack with nine nominations is rapper Jay Z, who this year released his album Magna Carta Holy Grail. But without landing any nominations within the general categories (Record, Album, or Song of the Year), he's not likely to be the biggest story at this year's awards.

We talk with music critic Chris Richards of The Washington Post about what is likely to go down on Grammy night -- and who will and won't be celebrating. 

 

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Bands to Watch in 2014: Diane Birch, Chance the Rapper, Lizzo

It's never too early to start looking for the next big thing, and Time's Melissa Locker joins Soundcheck to talk about her picks for up-and-coming artists and bands for 2014. Her list includes groups that haven't even yet released an EP -- to artists who are already signed to major labels.

Among others, Locker predicts 2014 will be a breakout year for Diane Birch, who was plucked out of a hotel lobby by Prince and has already released two albums. Locker also picks two rappers -- Chance the Rapper and Lizzo -- who each have a unique sound that she thinks will change the direction of R&B. Plus, hear the band that Locker crowns "the next pop overlords."

Read Melissa Locker's full list of artists to watch in Time.

One of Locker's picks for 2014: Lizzo

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Joseph Keckler: An Operatic Performance Artist

Hear performer and interdisciplinary artist Joseph Keckler perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Song Premiere: MiWi La Lupa, 'Here I Am'

Hear an exclusive premiere of "Here I Am," a new song from folk rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist MiWi La Lupa's upcoming album New Way Home.

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Bobby McFerrin performs in the Soundcheck studio.

12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: Bobby McFerrin, 'Joshua'

On Tuesday, December 10, download a special live performance of Bobby McFerrin's version of the spiritual "Joshua" recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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