Emmy The Great: Elegant Pop And Poetic Wordplay02/26/15
Watch theHong Kong-born, London-raised, Brooklyn based songwriter performs in the Soundcheck studio.
Lady Lamb Broadens Her Palette On 'After'
The contemplative and uninhibited songwriterreturns to perform songs from her upcoming album, After, in the Soundcheck studio.
BRONCHO: Indie Pop Hooks You Can't Stop Singing
With playful melodies you won't forget, the Oklahoma band plays songs from its 2014 album,Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, in the Soundcheck studio.
Jim Jarmusch: Walking The Tightrope
The filmmaker and musiciandiscusses walking the line between narrative and abstraction, his live scores for Man Ray's silent films, and previewshisupcoming opera on Nikola Tesla.
Buster Poindexter, Live In The Greene Space
Watch one of rocks most influential singers perform a special intimate Soundcheck session from WNYC's Greene Space.
Kevin Griffin Is A Man Of Many Voices, Musical Or Otherwise
From his "day job" as the lead singer of the alt-rock stalwarts Better Than Ezra, Griffin has become a respected Nashville-based songwriter for a huge array of artists.
Inside the Outsider Vision of Miranda July
The polymorphic artist and performer talks at length about her new book, 'The First Bad Man,' and explains why she might---just might---show up at the Oscars.
Mucca Pazza: Colorfully Clashing Marching Band Rock
Hear the colorful and sprawling marching band Mucca Pazza bring its wild circus show to the Soundcheck studio.
The Manic Musical Worlds of Nick Kroll
The multi-talented, many-facedcomedian visits the Soundcheck studio to talk about the colorful musical personalities that have studded the storyline of 'Kroll Show.'
Johnny Flynn Hits a New Note in 'Song One'
The British singer-songwriter and actor joins director Kate Barker-Froyland in the Soundcheck studio to talk abouttheir new film'Song One,' also starring Anne Hathaway.
The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music
Team Soundcheck talks to hundreds of musicians each year about music. But it turns out—gasp!—that non-musicians like music, too! So we also make time to talk to our favorite authors, to crawl inside the musical worlds that inspire their variously...
Mica Levi Gets 'Under The Skin' With Her Unsettling Score
There isn'ta more gorgeously unsettling score this year than Mica Levi’s hair-raising soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film, Under The Skin. Based on the Michel Faber novel of the same name, the film follows an alien in the guise of Scarlett...
Herb Alpert: 'What's Beautiful About Music Is It's Personal'
Herb Alpert has worn many hats throughout his long career in the music business: songwriter, trumpeter, bandleader, record label founder and producer. He won his first Grammy Award in 1965 -- and he won his seventh last Sunday, for his latest album,...
Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross Find The Musicality In Noise With 'Gone...
Even from the very beginning, more than 25 years ago,Trent Reznor has proven to be a thoughtful composer and meticulous sonic manipulator. As the leader of Nine Inch Nails, Reznor has constructedominous, seething and often abrasivesongs and dense...
Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is A Timeless, Triple-Threat Triumph... Mostly
Alan Light's "Let's Go Crazy" (Courtesy of the publisher) Thirty years ago, Prince pulled off a first-time feat. He simultaneously had the number one single, number one album, and number one movie in the country. With an unprecedented mix of bravado,...
Soundtracking 'Serial': The Musicians Behind the Podcast
Thursday morning, millions of people made a frantic dash to the iTunes store, and, for once, it wasn’t for Beyoncé. It was for the final episode of the unlikely hit podcast, Serial.The re-investigation of a 1999murder case in Baltimore, Maryland...
Elephant Micah: Gentle And Intense Midwestern Folklore
Carefully plucked guitar melodies and slow vocals make Elephant Micah'sAmericana folk songs gently sleepy with an underlying intensity. It's theproject of Indiana songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph O'Connell, who has been makingmusic for over...
Pentatonix: A Holiday A Capella Miracle
Reality singing competitions have created their share of pop stars over the years -- and one of the newest additions to the club isPentatonix. The Texas-based a cappella group won NBC'sThe Sing-Offback in 2011, scoring $200,000 and a recording...
Will Album Covers Ever Be This Good Again?
From 1967 to 1982, you could not be a rock fan without coming across the work of Hipgnosis. This design team, founded by Aubrey “Po” Powell and the late Storm Thorgerson, created some of the most famous album covers ever made. In the age of the Rock...
We Were Promised Jetpacks: Brooding And Bittersweet Scots
The members of We Were Promised Jetpacks were only 19-year-old University students in Glasgow when they released their moody and emo-ish debutThese Four Wallsin 2009. TheScotland band's third record, Unravelling, reveals substantial maturity amid the...
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