A Little Sympathy For Allen Klein06/29/15
In the annals of rock history, Allen Klein is the devil: The man whose ruthless business practices helped break up the Beatles, dogged the Rolling Stones for decades and briefly put Klein in jail. But is that really the whole story? Fred Goodman,...
Sometimes Gravel, Sometimes Cream: Nina Simone's Resurgence
Nina Simone is having a moment -- unfortunately it comes 12 years after her death, but perhaps now is when her music resonates most with listeners. The soul, gospel, jazz singer and pianist is the subject of a biopic, a documentary soon to be released...
Speedy Ortiz: Empowering Lyrics, Barreling Energy
In an alreadyphenomenal year for songwriters, Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuissits in good company as one of rock's most compelling young voices and lyricists. With theMassachusetts' band's latest album, the excellent and explosiveFoil Deer, Dupuis...
Why Haven't We Heard 'The Song of the Summer' Yet?
Everybody has their favorite summer jam, and there are the all-time undisputed masterpieces of summer anthems. And then...there's "The Song of Summer." It's the objective champion of the summer airwaves, and it's something that's become something of a...
Olivia Chaney: A New Wave Of British Folk
Olivia Chaney is part of the latest wave of British folk music, although her definition of “folk” is as likely to include Baroque music, Norwegian jazz, and original songs as it is old murder ballads or sea shanties. Chaney plays an assortment of...
Jon Fine: Indie Rock is Beautiful, Even When Your Band...
In 1986, three kids at Oberlin College formed a band. For the next fouryears, Bitch Magnet would streak across the pop music sky like a rocket, enthralling millions, minting cash and... and... Actually, they didn't do any of that. The band played in...
Mexrrissey: Mexico Loves Morrissey, Live At RadioLoveFest
Morrissey’s connection to Mexico, and especially Mexican Americans in California (where he lived for many years), is no accident. Or rather, it might have been an accident at first; but by now it has become something more intentional. One of pop...
Tennis: Rhythmic Indie 'Ritual'
Denver's Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley famously released their first record as Tennis, 2011's Camp Dory, as a way to document their time living on a sailboat. The conceitcould've saddled them with a one-and-done gimmick, were it not for the set's...
Noel Gallagher's Still Flying High
Oasis was one of the biggest rock bands to emerge from the U.K. in the early 1990s---possibly, the biggest. Known for its staggering volume, its lofty ambitions, and theinfamously inimical brothers who formed its swaggering core, the band rode a wave...
An Outsider at Home: Why Morrissey's Big with Mexicans
Morrissey rose to prominence as the swaggering lead singerof UK 1980's rock band The Smiths, filling his songs with baroque expressions of longing and world-weariness. He continues to be the subject of much fascination---and no small amount of...
Geeking Out About David Bowie, Deeply
Any longstanding Soundchecklistener knows that David Bowie holds a very special place inJohn Schaefer'sheart. But he might have just met his Bowie match. Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor at the New School in New York, has a new book, Bowie....
Squarepusher: Upending Expectations Of Electronic Dance...
Squarepusher is the nom de disque of Tom Jenkinson, who makes electronic dance music without making "electronic dance music" -- if you know what I mean. EDM is associated with a relentless four-on-the-floor dance beat; it's loud and brightly colored...
Art Alexakis and Everclear: "I've Still Got a Lot of Rage...
If you were anywhere near a radio anywhere during the 1990s, you heard the Portland, Oregon, band Everclear. Singer Art Alexakis and his group scored hit after hit with songs like "Santa Monica," "Everything to Everyone," and "I Will Buy You a New...
Celebrating 50 Years Of Musical Incompetence
On April 24, 1965, Peter Schickele swung down a rope from the balcony at New York’s Town Hall, landing onstage without mishap. It was then that civilization began to collapse around him. For that was the day when Schickele, a gifted young composer,...
Public Service Broadcasting: A Space Age Electronic Dance...
Part musical group, part performance-art outfit, Public Service Broadcasting is the innovative and geeky work of Londoners J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth. The two earned their reputation for marrying looped dance beats and electronics with...
Josh Rouse Gets Back Together with Himself
The restlesssongwriter visits the Soundcheck studio to play songs from his new album, 'The Embers of Time.'
Filmmaker Alex Gibney: "Sinatra Grew up with America"
The award-winning filmmakerturns his lens on the towering icon of the American songbook.
George Clinton on his Life Aboard the Mothership
With the airwaves full of new funky rhythms from Kendrick to D'Angelo, Soundcheck revisits its career-spanning interview with George Clinton.
Death Cab For Cutie Finds Art In Repairing Something Broken
Singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard and bassist Nick Harmer go deep on the indie rock band's latest record, Kintsugi.
Jen Larson And Deep River: Revitalizing Bluegrass In...
Hear the bluegrass songwriterperform two of her own songs as well as a musical gutpunch from the repertoire of the celebrated Stanley Brothers.
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