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Crafty, Charismatic Chamber Jazz of Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

37:04 | Mar 11th

New York-based drummer Allison Miller is also a composer, teacher, and the leader of the band Boom Tic Boom, a group featuring violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassist Todd Sickafoose and pianist Myra Melfo...Show More

Adia Victoria Carries The Legacy of the Blues

29:50 | Mar 6th

Nashville-based singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet Adia Victoria crafts Southern Gothic pop deeply rooted in the blues. On her new record, Silences, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, she clothes her plaintive melodies with a velvet-robed ...Show More

J.S. Ondara Says Hello To The 'American Dream'

33:33 | Mar 4th

J.S. Ondara is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter whose love for Bob Dylan spurred him to move to Minnesota from Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. Since he won a Green Card lottery that allowed the move, he learned to play guitar and has lived the so-called...Show More

Excruciatingly Beautiful Future-Soul Music From Jacob Banks

34:14 | Feb 27th

British singer Jacob Banks was born in Nigeria before moving to Birmingham, England. There he has developed a large following for his remarkable voice and his equally impressive storytelling gifts – stories he tells in songs and in a series of videos...Show More

Cherry Glazerr’s Soft and Sharp Power Pop

27:47 | Feb 25th

Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr, led by singer/guitarist/founder Clementine Creevy, is fierce, furious, but also weary. Creevy has found some inspiration by looking inward, and just hanging out with the demons of self-doubt instead of fighting in som...Show More

Nilüfer Yanya's Twisted Pop Embraces Imperfection

27:37 | Feb 21st

Guitarist and songwriter Nilüfer Yanya writes songs that, while dark and a bit twisted, yet direct and elegant, ultimately embrace imperfection. Her music might easily flow between Nina Simone, pop punk, crisp jazzy chords, and the dynamic, sweaty ex...Show More

Mandolin Orange's Bittersweet Pickin' Tunes

31:17 | Feb 18th

Mandolin Orange is the folk duo of North Carolinians Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, who blend traditional Americana roots music – folk, country, bluegrass – in their warm and intimate, bittersweet acoustic songs. They met at a bluegrass jam, and hav...Show More

Hypnotic Brass Leads The Way

31:06 | Feb 14th

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a musically free-ranging band of seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. Their music draws from funk, funky jazz, Afrobeat, hip hop, rock, reggae, and R&B, and they’ve performed with Tony Allen, Wu Tang Clan, De ...Show More

The Custom-Built Pop Experiments of Buke and Gase

31:41 | Feb 11th

Buke and Gase is an experimental pop duo that’s collaborated with everyone from The National to the Blue Man Group. The band is named after two of the instruments they’ve invented, a baritone ukulele and hybrid guitar-bass. Their songs are tasty slic...Show More

Rubblebucket Parties Like Their Hearts Hurt

29:10 | Feb 7th

Dancey and dreamy, Brooklyn-based Rubblebucket makes psychedelic and jazz-conscious pop swimming in a strange and lovely mix of celebration and melancholy. Their latest record, Sun Machine, is a celebration of the connection between trumpeter Alex To...Show More

India.Arie Spreads Love and Music

35:55 | Feb 4th

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer India.Arie has returned to spread love and joy through music and words. Her latest album, due out in February, is a collection of enchanting and soulful electro-acoustic pop songs, full of smart observations,...Show More

RaaDie's Trumpet and E-Zither Make Loops and Waves

32:15 | Jan 31st

Meet RaaDie, which is the latest musical project of Vienna-based trumpeter Lorenz Raab (Volksoper Vienna, XY-Band, Bleu) and the composer, bassoonist, and zither player Christof Dienz (Die Knoedel, Quadrat:sch, XY-Band). With a balance of composition...Show More

Alejandro Escovedo Searches for the American Dream

31:37 | Jan 28th

Mexican-American rock musician, songwriter, and singer Alejandro Escovedo draws from DIY punk, Tex-Mex country, and Americana rock for his latest record, The Crossing, a growly and crunchy guitar-filled, instrumentally cinematic, and in-your-face lou...Show More

London's Groove-Based Ezra Collective

31:50 | Jan 24th

London-based quintet Ezra Collective makes music with an irresistible blend of groove that includes Afrobeat, hip-hop, grime, reggae, and jazz. Led by drummer Femi Koleoso, and anchored by his brother TJ Koleoso on bass with keyboardist Joe Armon-Jon...Show More

Guster, More Alive Than Live

28:47 | Jan 21st

Coming from jangle-pop garage rock origins in the 1990’s in the Boston area, the band Guster is a group of talented songwriters, down to the last harmony. With electronic augmentation beyond just guitar amps, Guster long ago dropped its acoustic guit...Show More

Leyla McCalla Plays the 'Capitalist Blues'

32:41 | Jan 14th

A New York–born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, the multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla draws from traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as American jazz and folk. McCalla is a former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, bu...Show More

Dollshot's Experimental Dream-Pop

29:53 | Jan 9th

Brooklyn band Dollshot crafts experimental dream pop that is a crazy-quilt of electro-art-rock, cabaret music of Schoenberg, chamber music by Poulenc, and futuristic noir soundscapes. They offer an unusual and often unsettling combination of sounds, ...Show More

My Brightest Diamond Hits the Dance Floor

32:41 | Jan 6th

Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, deliver heavy works on themes of social justice for youth chorus, and compose pop songs for marching band, back-to-back. But Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond can. The classically...Show More

Twangy-Gothic-Folk by Vera Sola, In-Studio

31:16 | Jan 3rd

New York/Canada-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and poet Vera Sola, aka Danielle Aykroyd, crafts twangy-gothic-folk that might stem from horror punk as much as Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee. With a little wry and dark humor, a streak ...Show More

Best of The Soundcheck Podcast 2018, Part 2

35:49 | Dec 31st, 2018

From the live in-studio performance series, here's part two of our favorite sessions from 2018. Hear everything from a Cuban orchestra to a famous South African choir, along with music from My Brightest Diamond that came from our live performance ser...Show More

Matisyahu and Band Spiritually Summit the Jams

38:29 | Dec 27th, 2018

The once-bearded Jewish-American roots-reggae vocalist and beatboxer Matisyahu found success in both the Hasidic spiritual community and beyond, back in the mid-2000’s. He has continued to reflect on seeking the divine, despite the surprise of shavin...Show More

Best of The Soundcheck Podcast 2018, Part 1

32:52 | Dec 24th, 2018

From the live in-studio performance series, we’ll be recapping our favorite sessions from 2018. Part 1 features the Norwegian band Wardruna, Chicago-based duo OHMME, the dance-jazz band Sons of Kemet, porch and mountain music duo Anna & Elizabeth, an...Show More

John Grant's Electro-Brooding Dreamy Songs

40:17 | Dec 20th, 2018

Michigan-born, Colorado-raised, but now Icelandic-based singer/songwriter John Grant crafts anguished, lush ballads and spacey electro-pop. He speaks five languages and is also a former member of The Czars, a Colorado-based band that split in the ear...Show More

The Badass Blues-Rock of Larkin Poe

29:46 | Dec 17th, 2018

Larkin Poe is Rebecca & Megan Lovell -two singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalist sisters who are originally from Atlanta, but are now Nashville-based. Combining guitar, lap steel, minimal percussion, and sibling harmonies, they make roots-infus...Show More

Quiet and Sharp Story-Songs by Laura Gibson

31:30 | Dec 13th, 2018

Singer-songwriter and producer Laura Gibson was born and raised in the small Oregon logging town of Coquille but now splits her time between Oregon & NYC. She recently completed an MFA in fiction writing (Hunter College) and her sharp story-songs qui...Show More

Algiers' Postpunk Soul Music for Disrupting

32:51 | Dec 10th, 2018

Algiers is a mesmerizing band of musicians born in Atlanta, Georgia and now splitting time between London and New York. Their urgent, genre-resistant, chill-inducing, and fist-shaking music taps into and channels the frustration of locally-informed g...Show More

Piano Manipulator and Producer Kelly Moran

38:40 | Dec 7th, 2018

Pianist, composer, engineer, and producer, Kelly Moran takes pride in trying to “obfuscate exactly what the piano sounds like. The whole point is to make it sound different.” (Tiny Mix Tapes) Moran, on her latest record, Ultraviolet (Warp Records), h...Show More

The Welcoming Intensity of Incoming Met Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin

36:40 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Canadian conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the incoming Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, is taking over two years earlier than initially planned. In this interview with John Schaefer for the Soundcheck Podcast, he outlines his plan...Show More

Emily King Supplies Warmth Via Retro Disco-Soul

28:21 | Nov 29th, 2018

Grammy-nominated chanteuse Emily King went into the family business via a different route, that of an R&B-influenced singer-songwriter. (She’s the daughter of New York jazz vocalists who has moved to the Catskills.) Her latest record, Scenery, due in...Show More

Noise-Fuzz-Pop from Upper Wilds

29:07 | Nov 26th, 2018

With screaming and blistering guitars, power-chord-like vocal harmonies (both clean and processed through an array of guitar pedals), and a rock-solid pummeling of drums, Brooklyn trio Upper Wilds, [Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), Zach Lehroff (Ex Models)...Show More

Exuberant Psych-Pop From Australia's Pond

29:46 | Nov 19th, 2018

The band Pond hails from Perth, the Western Australian city referred to “as the most remote city on earth.” They blend blissful and mind-bending psychedelic rock, with subversive strains of funk, synth-pop, falsetto, somehow both of the moment, and i...Show More

Art-Indie-Rock Band Cloud Cult, In-Studio

35:29 | Nov 15th, 2018

The cinematic Minnesota band Cloud Cult is a creative collective who continually celebrates life and love, and catharsis through music and multimedia performances, usually involving painting from stage, and lately, film. Cloud Cult’s emotive, melodic...Show More

Zen Ritual Groove Music by Nik Bärtsch's Ronin

39:39 | Nov 12th, 2018

Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch creates playful and carefully balanced works containing both space and riffs. There might be as much listening going on as there is playing, which points to a spiritual focus, trust, and discipline that comes fr...Show More

Glimmery Electro Art-Pop by Arthur Moon

28:43 | Nov 8th, 2018

Arthur Moon is the moniker of composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Lora-Faye Åshuvud. As Arthur Moon, she is the anchor who has gathered collaborators- including Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Bilal, Wyclef Jean) and Martin D. Fowler (a composer for Th...Show More

Michael Feinstein on Oscar Levant

31:47 | Nov 5th, 2018

In the mid-20th century, pianist Oscar Levant (1906 –1972) was a pre-digital version of a social media star – a ubiquitous, witty presence on American TV and radio, and films. He was also a bestselling author, radio game show panelist, and a talk sho...Show More

Composer and Drummer Tyshawn Sorey Explores Time

32:23 | Nov 1st, 2018

Newark-born composer, multi-instrumentalist, collaborator, and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey, is also the Assistant Professor of Composition and Creative Music at Wesleyan University. A recent Instagram post (Sept. 2018) of the day’s listening ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Esperanza Spalding and Imogen Heap's 'Platform 9¾'

05:58 | Oct 15th, 2018

Week of October 15: This week, music for Harry Potter, a musical spell from Esperanza Spalding, and a new immigrant song.   Imogen Heap To Release The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child   The British singer/songwriter/producer Imogen Heap h...Show More

Meredith Monk's 'Cellular Songs'

45:02 | Oct 15th, 2018

Vocalist and composer Meredith Monk is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose work involves music, dance, film, theatre, and now: biology meets anthropology. In her most recent large-scale work, Cellular Songs, musical forms evoke biological processes as...Show More

Matthew Dear's Sticky and Decadent Electro-Thump

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

The composer, singer, and tinkerer, Matthew Dear, is a DJ, dance-music producer, experimental pop artist, and bandleader. He keeps four music-making aliases and has released five albums and two dozen EPs, along with multiple commissioned remixes. On ...Show More

Songwriter/Guitarist Jill Sobule Keeps Moving on 'Nostalgic' New Record

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2018

Denver-born songwriter, guitarist, singer, activist, and performer Jill Sobule, is possibly best-known because of her breakthrough hit of “I Kissed a Girl” (pre-dating Katy Perry by more a decade), and “Supermodel,” the anthem from the film Clueless....Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Arturo O'Farrill, feat. Ana Tijoux and Cat Power

0:00 | Oct 7th, 2018

Week of October 8: This week, border-busting music from Arturo O’Farrill, the new album from Cat Power, borderless music from OneBeat, and Van Morrison’s latest. Ana Tijoux and Arturo O’Farrill Do A Fandango On The Border   Pianist, composer and ba...Show More

Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen Is In No Hurry

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2018

Jorma Kaukonen is a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, co-founder of Hot Tuna, a teacher, and a top-notch  guitarist. But though he will always be associated with the rock music of the 1960's, he’s had a much longer and more enduring relationship...Show More

Mountain Man Looks for Peace and Joy Through Vocal Harmonies

22:58 | Oct 4th, 2018

Mountain Man, the Appalachian a cappella trio, features the timeless sound of three voices singing in harmony, with an occasional strum of the guitar. They released an album in 2010, a trio of college friends who’d gotten used to singing together, bu...Show More

Richard Reed Parry's 'Quiet River of Dust'

0:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Richard Reed Parry is perhaps best known as the really tall, really redheaded guy playing half a dozen instruments in the Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire. But he’s also a founder of the instrumental group Bell Orchestre, and a composer of contemporar...Show More

Inventive Art-Rock by Ohmme

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Chicago-based duo OHMME serves up fuzz and melodies, along with vocal hockets and harmonies, oh - and lots of time and feel changes. Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, the songwriters and multi-instrumentalists of Ohmme, are both trained classical pi...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Adia Victoria, Colin Stetson, and Lil Wayne

0:00 | Oct 1st, 2018

Week of October 1: This week, a long-awaited return for Lil Wayne, Bradley Cooper “discovers” Lady Gaga, and a musical farewell from Soft Cell. Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V Is Finally Out Rapper Lil Wayne has been promising fans Tha Carter V since arou...Show More

A Kind of Nordic Blues From Tord Gustavsen Trio

34:39 | Sep 27th, 2018

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his trio, featuring new bassist Sigurd Hole and long-time collaborator, drummer Jarle Vespestad, combine together folk influences and church music for unhurried embraces of melody. Expressive and reflective, Gusta...Show More

Sons of Kemet Make Jubiliant Magic

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

The Mercury Prize-nominated quartet Sons of Kemet is a super-group led by London-based Barbados-born saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings, and propelled by tuba player Theon Cross, and two drummers - Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick. (Kemet - the bla...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Wolf Alice, Jeremy Dutcher, and The Most Perfect Album

05:58 | Sep 24th, 2018

Week of Sept. 24: This week, surprise winners of the Mercury and Polaris Prizes, and more surprises from Joey Stylez and Macy Gray. Wolf Alice Is The Surprise Winner Of The 2018 Mercury Prize   UK's prestigious Mercury Prize, which is awarded to th...Show More

Marissa Nadler Sharpens Her Elegant and Eerie Dream-Folk

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

Boston-based Marissa Nadler writes intimate, sweeping dreamy and eerie songs, that shimmer with gothic melancholy. On her latest record, For My Crimes, she’s enlisted accomplished musicians: harpist Mary Lattimore, drummer Patty Schemel (Hole), exper...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Al Green, nêhiyawak, and Upper Wilds

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

Week of Sept. 17: This week, Hozier pays tribute to Nina Simone, Al Green returns, and LA Witch buys a camera with actual film. Plus, the fuzzy guitar distortion of Upper Wilds.  Watch Hozier’s Moving Tribute To Nina Simone   “’Power’ has been cri...Show More

'Mutant Chamber Jazz' From Robbie Lee and Mary Halvorson

34:03 | Sep 17th, 2018

Mary Halvorson has established herself as one of the finest guitarists of her generation; Robbie Lee has established himself as a versatile flutist, sax player, and keyboardist. But if they’re not careful, they could wind up being known as the weird ...Show More

Richard Thompson OBE Is Still the Shreddingest

29:34 | Sep 13th, 2018

British singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson OBE was part of the groundbreaking folk rock band Fairport Convention in the 1960's, made records with his then-wife, Linda Thompson, and has many fan-favourite solo records as well. Rolling S...Show More

Havana Pianist Harold López-Nussa's Exciting Cuban Jazz

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Havana pianist, composer and bandleader Harold López-Nussa delivers a range of drama and the irresistible rhythms of Cuban music, fully integrating his conservatory training and love of the jazz continuum with his Cuban roots and soul.   His wide mas...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Swamp Dogg, Julia Holter, and First Aid Kit

05:58 | Sep 10th, 2018

Week of September 10: This week, A “Blaze” of Glory, an old Dogg’s new trick, and a Mountain Goats surprise. Ethan Hawke’s Film Blaze Shines A Light On A Dark Genius   Singer/songwriter Blaze Foley was shot and killed at a friend’s house, by his fr...Show More

Singer/Songwriter Blaze Foley Burns Brightly From Beyond in Film

41:45 | Sep 10th, 2018

The Texas singer/songwriter/poet Blaze Foley never hit it big, although his song “If I Could Only Fly,” would later be covered by the great Merle Haggard. Actually, several of his songs have been covered by John Prine, Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, ...Show More

Surreal Art-Rock By Saxophonist Donny McCaslin

0:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

Sax player and bandleader Donny McCaslin, who collaborated with David Bowie on Blackstar, freely mixes pop, jazz, electronica, and art-rock on his striking new album, Blow., which sees the band moving into sonic terrain that shows even more of Bowie’...Show More

Aukai's Electroacoustic Music for a Timeless State

26:53 | Sep 4th, 2018

German producer & multi-instrumentalist Aukai, aka Markus Sieber, grew up in the former East Germany, but his travels have taken him through Latin America, and he is now based in Colorado. "Aukai" is a Hawaiian term for a seafaring traveler, and on h...Show More

Dark Dance-Pop Duo Bob Moses Confronts the Battles Within

32:31 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Canadian electronic outfit Bob Moses is actually two guys: Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, who are originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. Named after master builder and urban planner Robert Moses, their thinking went something like - choose a New...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Neneh Cherry, IDLES, and Stefon Harris

0:00 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Week of September 3: This week, political punk and pop from IDLES and Neneh Cherry, and a musical remembrance of Paul Taylor IDLES Offers Punk For The Brexit/Trump Era IDLES is a punk band from Bristol, England, whose new album has a title that doub...Show More

Songwriter Gabriel Kahane Rides the Rails, Sings with Strangers

28:34 | Aug 29th, 2018

Singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer Gabriel Kahane writes music between classical art song and pop song. His best-known work is probably Craigslistlieder (2006) – a song cycle of personal ads set to music -which made it clear that this songwrite...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Tunde Olaniran, boygenius, and Moses Sumney

05:58 | Aug 27th, 2018

Week of August 27: This week, a Bill Withers Tribute, off-kilter pop from Tunde Olaniran, the debut of boygenius, Moses Sumney's EP, and world music orchestra, Bokanté. Jose James Covers Bill Withers – Lots of Bill Withers   Back in 2013, Jose Jame...Show More

Rule-Breaking Punchy Americana by String Band The Devil Makes Three

26:45 | Aug 27th, 2018

The trio The Devil Makes Three has always had a punk rock approach to string band music with their two guitars and upright bass and narrative-driven tunes. Musically, they draw from the deep roots of Delta blues, folk, and rock, along with slow metal...Show More

Stirring, Epic, and Intimate Cinematic Songs of DeVotchKa

29:24 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Having made their way through Eastern European gypsy cabaret leanings, mariachi horns, and Bollywood string stylings, the multi-instrumentalist band DeVotchKa— Nick Urata (vocals, guitars, Theremin, trumpet, piano), Jeanie Schroder (acoustic bass, so...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Kristin Hersh, Matthew Dear, Yo-Yo Ma, and Prince

0:00 | Aug 21st, 2018

Week of August 20: This week, musical returns for Kristin Hersh, Matthew Dear, Yo-Yo Ma, and, improbably, Prince.  Kristin Hersh: No Longer Throwing Muses But Still Kicking Up Dust Clouds Possible Dust Clouds by Kristin Hersh Singer and guitarist Kr...Show More

Italian Pianist Ludovico Einaudi, In-Studio

36:33 | Aug 20th, 2018

Prolific Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has been commissioned by prestigious orchestras and festivals, scored music for films and TV, and headlined festivals alongside Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga. He has also done collaborations with ...Show More

Ava Rocha's Forward-Looking Brazilian Pop

26:24 | Aug 13th, 2018

Brazilian musician Ava Rocha has quickly become a leading figure in Brazil’s post-Tropicalia movement and is blazing ahead making inventive Brazilian pop. Her new album Trança means Braid, and it weaves together strands of rock, funk, post-punk abras...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Ginkgoa and Aphex Twin

0:00 | Aug 13th, 2018

Week of August 13: This week, protest songs from Marc Ribot, Ginkgoa, and possibly Aphex Twin. Marc Ribot and Meshell Ndegeocello Offer Song Of Resistance   Guitarist Marc Ribot is best known for his work with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and many oth...Show More

NYC-Based Spanglish Fly Leads the Boogaloo Revival

0:00 | Aug 10th, 2018

New York-based band Spanglish Fly are part band and part celebration with their brasstastic mix of Latin dance-funk and soul in homage to Boogaloo - that fusion of soul music, Rhythm & Blues, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms that was born in New York City ...Show More

Trixie Whitley, with Marc Ribot, from the New York Guitar Festival

29:54 | Aug 9th, 2018

Hear the Belgian-born guitarist/songwriter Trixie Whitley, from the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, presented in The Greene Space. Her songs draw from her favorite styles – punk, electronica, R & B, and feel something like quietly watching the sun ris...Show More

Fantastic Negrito's Fiery Blues with a Punk Attitude

29:55 | Aug 6th, 2018

Self-described “lifelong hustler,” Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, is better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito, and makes “black roots music for everyone” - blues with a giant undercurrent of punkass. Fantastic Negrito’s songs tell of a hard life w...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Robyn, Cypress Hill and Urban Santeria by Okonkolo

0:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

Week of Aug. 6: This week, long-awaited returns by Robyn and Cypress Hill, plus Urban Santeria from Okonkolo. The First Robyn of Summer, 8 Years On    The Swedish electropop star Robyn hasn’t put out a full album since 2010, but that’s about to chan...Show More

Bang’s Big Theory

0:00 | Aug 5th, 2018

Bang’s Big Theoryby Lasse D. Hansen “Do not warm up in the bathroom, please.” It’s not hard to imagine the situation that made it necessary to put up the sign backstage at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. With 31 young musicians from the Bang on a Can Summ...Show More

Visual Art at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

0:00 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Visual Art at the Bang on a Can Summer Music FestivalBy Sarah Lindmark Every morning during Bang on a Can’s week-long Media Workshop, the four Media Fellows would walk to seminar together through MASS MoCA’s extensive network of galleries, hallways, ...Show More

The Folk-Rock of Passenger, from Busking to 'Runaway" Hit-Maker

29:52 | Aug 2nd, 2018

English singer-songwriter and folk-rocker Mike Rosenberg, formerly of the band Passenger, might be best known for his song “Let Her Go.” Originally from Brighton & Hove,  Rosenberg busked his way through England and Australia in the early 2000’s and ...Show More

Bang on a Can, Sing through a Vacuum Tube

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

Bang on a Can, Sing through a Vacuum TubeBy Maggie Molloy Mark Stewart hears the music in everyday objects. The world is his orchestra, and every pipe, tube, tabletop, and balloon is an untapped vessel just waiting to make beautiful music. At the Ban...Show More

Bang on a Can Summer Festival Marathon, 2018: Traditions and Highlights

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

Even An Avant-Garde Music Festival Values Some TraditionsBy Stan Tymorek If you had attended the Bang On a Can summer festival in 2008, you would have heard a piece by a young Composition Fellow named Andy Akiho at one of the MASS MoCA gallery recita...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Jlin, Arthur Moon, and Masayoshi Fujita

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

Week of July 30: This week, a bluesy take on the Rolling Stones, scores by Jlin and Dustin O’Halloran, new music from Brooklyn-based Arthur Moon, and ambient music by Masayoshi Fujita.  Jlin Releases Dizzying Excerpt From Dance Score Autobiography (...Show More

Dispatches From the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2018: Part 4

0:00 | Jul 28th, 2018

Profile of a Composer In Five Quotes and a LaughBy Stan Tymorek “Imagine me at Bang On a Can! They’re so cutting edge,” composer Joan Tower said to a MASS MoCA audience on Thursday night. “I’m elderly, but I guess I’m adventurous.”  Tower was being m...Show More

Dispatches From the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2018: Part 3

0:00 | Jul 26th, 2018

The Bang On A Can summer festival at Mass MOCA offers a chance to explore one of the country’s leading exhibitors of contemporary art - IF you can find the time. Yesterday I finally had a chance to wander around a bit. Of course there were still musi...Show More

Dispatches From the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2018: Part 2

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

It isn’t surprising that each day at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA thus far has felt like a marathon, given the new-music collective’s reputation for curating concerts of extreme durations. But despite the long hours of rehearsals an...Show More

Dispatches From the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2018: Part 1

0:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

The Bang On A Can collective, which has championed new music since 1987, decamps every summer to Mass MoCA, the vast complex of former industrial buildings in North Adams, Massachusetts that now houses one of the country's largest contemporary art mu...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Punch Brothers, Marlowe, and The Hold Steady

05:58 | Jul 20th, 2018

Week of July 23: This week, returns for Pussy Riot, Cat Power, The Hold Steady, and public radio host/musician Chris Thile, plus new music by producer L'Orange and rapper Solemn Brigham as Marlowe.  Pussy Riot’s “Policeman” Series Includes World Cup...Show More

Tropical Electronica "DreamBow" by Balún

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

Brooklyn-based via San Juan band Balún came from DIY electrified bedroom pop that embraced punk on the island of Puerto Rico. Now, with an even wider range of influences, (please see their ethnomusicological, technological, punk, hardcore, and New Yo...Show More

Jupiter & Okwess Spread Positivity Via Funk and Dance Grooves

0:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

From the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes Jupiter & Okwess, percussion-driven socially-conscious funky guitar-buoyed dance music. Led by “Jupiter” Bokondji, the self-dubbed “rebel general”, incites partying but with positive messaging for the l...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Savoir Adore, Eddie Palmieri, and Childish Gambino

0:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

Week of July 16: This week, summer sounds from Childish Gambino, Savoir Adore, and hot salsa from Eddie Palmieri. PREMIERE: Savoir Adore Return With A Dreamy Summer Song The Brooklyn-based indie pop outfit called Savoir Adore was founded by Paul Ha...Show More

Cumbia and Chicha-Inspired Music by Sávila

29:38 | Jul 12th, 2018

Sávila is a cumbia-inspired music and visual art project by guitarist Fabiola (Fabi) Reyna, vocalist Brisa Gonzalez and percussionist Papi Fimbres which takes its name from a medicinal plant that grows wild in tropical climates all over the world. Gu...Show More

Orquesta Akokán Channels Golden Era of Cuban Mambo

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

Orquesta Akokán bursts and flows with the spirit of dance orchestras of the 1940’s and 1950’s of Havana on their debut record of nine tunes - all sparkling, blazing, soulful, and meticulously arranged and composed mambo originals. Together, singer Jo...Show More

Junun Featuring Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express

0:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

Junun is a musical collaboration between India-based Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, a group of Indian musicians called The Rajasthan Express, and composer (and Radiohead’s guitarist) Jonny Greenwood. The music is in the ecstatic Sufi music style kno...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Mitra Sumara, Future, and "The Immigrants"

05:25 | Jul 9th, 2018

Week of July 9: This week: rollicking Farsi funk, a melancholy Future, and Kate Bush looks to the past. PREMIERE: Farsi Funk From NY’s Mitra Sumara   Something wonderful happened in the 60s and 70s when young musicians around the world began incorp...Show More

Monsieur Periné Blends Afro-Colombian Styles with Vintage Swing, Live In-Studio

29:50 | Jul 9th, 2018

The Bogotá-based Monsieur Periné has taken the the Latin music world by storm since their start in 2008. The eight piece band takes the music of their native Columbia, and infuses it with sweet swing sensibilities of the 1920's and a good dash of mod...Show More

Fluid, Borderless Solo Guitar by Marisa Anderson

0:00 | Jul 8th, 2018

Portland, OR-based Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. From spacious melancholic laments to transcendent minimalism, Anderson is coming from a place between country, blues, and drone. On her l...Show More

Powerhouse Singer-Producer Ebony Bones Live In-Studio

29:11 | Jul 5th, 2018

Singer-songwriter and producer Ebony Bones is a powerhouse performer with seemingly no limits. She creates energetic and driving songs with twinges of pop, punk, afrobeat, and dance music, all wrapped up into a compelling display of raw emotion and s...Show More

Remembering Henry Butler, Unforgettable New Orleans Pianist

57:14 | Jul 3rd, 2018

The singer and pianist Henry Butler died yesterday at 68. Blind since infancy but blessed with charisma and a resonant voice, he was not someone you’d forget, once you’d met him. Butler was part of the lineage of great New Orleans pianists, along wit...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Directors and Dos Santos

0:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Week of July 2: This week, Drake, Directors, and Dos Santos. Plus a new video from Meshell Ndegeocello. PREMIERE: The NY-centric Video By Directors, Featuring Sahr Ngaujah The New York band called Directors features the voice of Sahr Ngaujah; you m...Show More

La Luz Dreams a Floating World of Surreal Surf-Noir

25:04 | Jul 2nd, 2018

The now L.A.-based band La Luz recently moved to California from Seattle and their surf-noir refracts that weird golden paradise. Awash in reverb, the surf guitar and fuzzy vocal harmonies from singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino...Show More

Red Baraat Spreads Defiantly Joyful Bhangra Music

29:53 | Jun 21st, 2018

On the face of it, Red Baraat is a dhol-driven big band full of brass instruments and drums (both the dhol and drumset keep the groove going), rooted in Bhangra music (Punjabi dance music), who bring a party with them wherever they go. On their lates...Show More

Vintage Pop by England's Ruen Brothers

31:17 | Jun 13th, 2018

Meet the Ruen Brothers, Rupert and Henry, who are actually brothers from the Northern England town of Scunthorpe. Their sound conjures Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and music on the radio from a bygone era. They'll play some of this vintage pop with clas...Show More

Jazz-Looking Chamber Music by Joshua Redman and Brooklyn Rider

29:52 | Jun 4th, 2018

Hear unpredictable and graceful melodic lines traded by sax and strings, as tenor sax superstar Joshua Redman and string quartet Brooklyn Rider, along with all-star rhythm section of Scott Colley (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) take over the...Show More

Art-Rock for a Good Time with the Band Bodega

0:00 | Jun 1st, 2018

NYC-based art rock quintet Bodega (previously known as Bodega Bay) are the model of modern tongue-in-cheeky post-punk band. With politically-minded personal commentaries on masculinity, consumerism, the hustle of capitalism, and female pleasure, thei...Show More

Producer and Songwriter Neko Case Unleashes 'Hell-On'

32:55 | May 31st, 2018

Resisting gender-specific compliments in print since 2014 (and probably before), producer, songwriter, badass, and musician Neko Case is about to unleash her latest record, Hell-On, into the world. She’s written songs that traverse a lot of ground: f...Show More

Natalie Prass Serves Up Groove, Romance and Sparkle

0:00 | May 30th, 2018

Richmond-based musician Natalie Prass is a fighter. Her forthcoming record, The Future And The Past, has transformed resistance and personal heartache into defiant, groove-laden romantic anthems. With a little dash of disco, and a little bit of soul,...Show More

Single-Minded And Direct Songs By Joan Armatrading

0:00 | May 29th, 2018

The British guitarist and singer, Joan Armatrading, has had a long and award-winning relationship with the British folk scene, has had a strong jazz influence in a lot of her early hits, topped the American charts with a new wave song in 1980, and ju...Show More

Rival Consoles' Thoughtful and 'Humanised' Electronica

38:15 | May 28th, 2018

Hear unraveling minimalist electronica with restrained ambient feels from Rival Consoles, aka London-based producer Ryan Lee West, whose music combines warm and human analogue-heavy synthesizers, along with acoustic and electric instruments. On his l...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Buddy Guy and The Midnight Hour

0:00 | May 28th, 2018

Week of May 28: This week, returns for Jake Shears and Buddy Guy, a benefit song from Hurray For The Riff Raff for Puerto Rico, and an expansive hip-hop/orchestral collaboration.   Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge Present The Midnight Hour   ...Show More

The Powerful, Deep Soul of Singer Deva Mahal

0:00 | May 25th, 2018

Meet the impressive R&B songstress Deva Mahal, who claims her parents as inspiration: blues legend Taj Mahal and dancer/artist/teacher Inshirah Mahal. Her latest record, Run Deep is collection of modern and seductive, rich and rocking tunes that make...Show More

Literary Chamber Rock Quintet Oracle Hysterical Adapts Greek Tragedy

23:44 | May 24th, 2018

Part book club, part composer collective, Oracle Hysterical’s works occupy the fluid space between classically-inclined song-cycle and art-rock concept album. The group’s songs take on great literary with text sources from Grimms’ Fairy Tales to Gree...Show More

This Is The Kit: Fuzzed-Out Psych-Folk With Sexy Sax, In-Studio

0:00 | May 22nd, 2018

This Is The Kit is English singer and songwriter Kate Stables (lately based in Paris or Bristol) and whoever joins her. Under that nom de plume, she's been releasing since the 00's. Her latest album, called Moonshine Freeze, has been nominated for th...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Neko Case and Treya Lam

0:00 | May 21st, 2018

Week of May 21: This week, Neko Case gets dark, Fantastic Negrito gets darker, and Nine Inch Nails… You get the idea.   Neko Case Takes a Long and Winding Road   In her solo songs, her long-term collaboration with indie rock supergroup The New Porn...Show More

Vijay Iyer Sextet's Hard-Driving Chamber-Funk

46:00 | May 21st, 2018

Pianist, composer, MacArthur Fellow, and bandleader Vijay Iyer has done imaginative re-workings of pop songs, explored the connections between jazz and the music of India, and veered into the classical realm as well, with electronics. His most recent...Show More

Daring Ambition of The Magnetic Fields: One Song For Every Year of a Life

34:51 | May 17th, 2018

Watch Live via Facebook: Some folks get a fast car, a tattoo, or a drum set for their mid-life crisis. However, New York singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, songwriter of The Magnetic Fields recorded 50 Song Memoir: a five-d...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Ruen Brothers, Kelsey Lu and Gang Gang Dance

05:58 | May 14th, 2018

Week of May 14: shades of blue from the Ruen Brothers and from Kelsey Lu, and a message from Sioux sacred lands by Gang Gang Dance. The Ruen Brothers Evoke 60s TV Variety Shows in All My Shades of Blue Originally from the UK, Henry and Rupert Stans...Show More

Tuareg Guitarist Bombino's Irresistible Grooves Bring Folks Together

25:53 | May 14th, 2018

Bombino, aka guitarist and songwriter Omara Moctar, comes from the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa. On his latest record, Deran, recorded close to his native Niger in the southern Sahara, he extends best wishes for peace and celebrates his dese...Show More

The California Honeydrops Kick It Old School

33:53 | May 10th, 2018

The California Honeydrops play stripped-down rootsy music that might sound like country-blues, Southern soul, New Orleans second-line, and R&B - all at once old school and really old-school. Their origin story is inspirational – Polish-born Lech Wier...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Childish Gambino and Red Baraat

0:00 | May 7th, 2018

Week of May 7: This week, the lighter side of Dirty Projectors, Childish Gambino’s dark view of America, and Red Baraat’s color-coded dance music. Dirty Projectors’ New Single Is For The Birds   Singer/composer David Longstreth is preparing to rele...Show More

Eleanor Friedberger Is (Goth) Dancing (Mostly) on Her Own

27:47 | May 7th, 2018

Eleanor Friedberger, best known as one half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, has recently shifted her musical landscape, swapping out live instruments in favor of drum programming and synths for a sound that she can create mostly on her own....Show More

Speedy Ortiz Delivers Pop Stingers For the Times

29:30 | May 3rd, 2018

The latest music from American pop band Speedy Ortiz, ‘Twerp Verse,’ speaks smartly to political and social situations of the present from a feminist perspective of truth-telling and is designed, on purpose, to make us uncomfortable lyrically and mus...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Van Morrison, Hatchie, and Bulgarian Womens Voices

05:58 | Apr 30th, 2018

Week of April 30: This week, Van Morrison looks back at the '30s; Hatchie looks back at the '80s; and Lisa Gerrard looks to Bulgaria. Van Morrison’s Turn To Record An Album Of Standards   We’ve seen plenty of aging singers of the rock era dipping i...Show More

Okkervil River's Will Sheff Previews Songs From ‘In The Rainbow Rain’

39:41 | Apr 30th, 2018

Okkervil River excels at wistful, melancholy, intimate songs, yet there’s possibly an undercurrent of happiness to these latest creations on the forthcoming record, In The Rainbow Rain. Somehow singer/songwriter Will Sheff both reflects on this new w...Show More

Fatoumata Diawara: A Traditionalist Who Needs to Experiment

31:44 | Apr 26th, 2018

Some time ago, Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actress Fatoumata Diawara did a wonderful and daring thing – inspired by her friend Rokia Traore, she bought an acoustic guitar, and taught herself to play it. Since then, Fatoumata has put out ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Monsieur Periné, Guitar from Botswana, and Archival Prince

0:00 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Week of April 23: This week, a gem from the Prince archives, a throaty tale from Okkervil River, and guitar music from Botswana that has to be seen to be believed. From Prince’s Archives, A New/Old Version Of “Nothing Compares 2 U”    Saturday was t...Show More

Party With The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Swinging Cajun-Style

33:53 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Louisiana-based Lost Bayou Ramblers are a swinging punkass party band who mix Cajun melodies on fiddle, accordion, guitars, and some electric sounds. They just won a regional roots Grammy for their record, Kalenda, but they’ve also done an original s...Show More

Anna & Elizabeth Transform Old Traditions of Mountain Music

38:18 | Apr 19th, 2018

As bands go, Anna & Elizabeth have quite the origin story. Anna & Elizabeth began thanks to a broke down car and a shared desire to explore the traditions of Appalachian roots music. The immersive, intimate combination of Elizabeth LaPrelle’s deep mo...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Balún, Kamasi Washington, and Jenny Hval

05:58 | Apr 16th, 2018

Week of April 16: This week, new works by Kamasi Washington and Jenny Hval; a new video from Brooklyn-via-San Juan group Balún, and some musical advice on Making America Great Again. Balún Offer Sunny Glimpse At Their New Record   I’ve become a fan...Show More

Anbessa Orchestra Plays Music of Ethiopia Straight Outta Brooklyn

32:45 | Apr 16th, 2018

In the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, during the 1960’s and ‘70s, the sounds of American jazz and James Brown-style funk rocketed through the clubs there, combining with Ethiopia’s own exotic scales to produce the golden age of Ethiopian pop. The Ne...Show More

The Lone Bellow Pushes Forward Into Nashville

25:28 | Apr 12th, 2018

The folk-rock outfit The Lone Bellow crafts passionate, acoustic-based Americana that hints at elements of blues, country, and roots music. They’ve recently moved from Brooklyn to Nashville, (let that fact be read into, musically) and the band in the...Show More

Mary Chapin Carpenter Re-imagines Her Musical Travels

31:51 | Apr 9th, 2018

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mary Chapin Carpenter re-imagined and rearranged songs from her 30-year catalog, along with the brand-new title track, for her most recent record, Sometimes Just the Sky. That title comes from a speech given by Patti ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Abraham Brody, A$AP Rocky, and Sophie

0:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

Week of April 9: This week, new/old music from Lithuania, psychedelia from France, and deep wonderful weirdness from wherever Sophie is from. PREMIERE: Ancient Lithuanian Folk Meets Modern Production, From Abraham Brody Although he’s American-born, ...Show More

Get into the Spiritual Trance Music by Innov Gnawa

34:51 | Apr 5th, 2018

The New York-based band Innov Gnawa performs the traditional healing music of Morocco: Gnawa - a trancey, rhythmic music that is played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like gimbri (sintir), to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with whic...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: The Weeknd, Sons of Kemet, and Brazilian Girls

05:58 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Week of April 2: This week, new music from The Weeknd, Sons of Kemet, and Brazilian Girls. A Musical Manifesto From Sons Of Kemet   The London saxophonist/composer Shabaka Hutchings has become an important figure in British music. He leads several ...Show More

Singer/Producer/Songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson Taps Into Cold Strength And Intimate Beauty

23:18 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Toronto-based Charlotte Day Wilson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist (she plays piano, saxophone, bass, and guitar), and producer who draws on her classical background to make bedroom-intimate, yet intensely emotional tunes that are influenced by ev...Show More

Squirrel Nut Zippers Sling Some Hot Swing

26:56 | Mar 29th, 2018

The big band jazz and hot swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers from Chapel Hill, North Carolina have always been a guaranteed good time since they broke through in the late 1990’s,with their platinum album Hot. Although they stopped recording aroun...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Angelique Kidjo interprets Talking Heads and Bach @ 333

0:00 | Mar 26th, 2018

Week of March 26: This week, Angelique Kidjo interprets Talking Heads; Bach meets Jookin’; and an ancient Celtic mystery revealed in a wheel of cheese. VIDEO PREMIERE: Anna & Elizabeth's New Look At An Old Folk Song   The duo team of Anna Roberts-G...Show More

Randy Weston Distills Music's Spiritual Essence

27:54 | Mar 26th, 2018

The American pianist, composer, innovator, and "Legend of Jazz," Randy Weston, joins us to play some of his solo piano works - many of which border on ritual blues with a dash of Ellington stride here and there a crashing note cluster of Thelonious M...Show More

Vicente García's Immersive Collision of Bachata, Merengue, Funk, and Rock

26:17 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Coming from a rock and funk place, Dominican singer-songwriter Vicente García has become something of a folk pop revivalist, incorporating his love of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, from acoustic bachata to reggae on his latest record, A La Mar. Formerly th...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Pussy Riot, Tinariwen, and Yo La Tengo

05:58 | Mar 19th, 2018

Week of March 19: This week, musical reactions to a troubled world from Pussy Riot, Roger Waters, and Yo La Tengo. Plus new videos from Tinariwen and Courtney Barnett. Russian Music Of Resistance From Pussy Riot   The Russian-based feminist art/pun...Show More

South African Choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sings of Peace and Harmony

30:20 | Mar 18th, 2018

The great South African a cappella choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a global phenomenon. With their uplifting vocal harmonies and signature dance moves, they’ve been anointed “cultural ambassadors to the world” by no less than Nelson Mandela. (Some ...Show More

The Oh Hellos Throw a Folk Rock Party for Everyone

29:28 | Mar 15th, 2018

Formed in Texas, the sibling duo The Oh Hellos have embarked on making music for folks wherever the winds carry them. Seriously - their latest  string of EPs are named after one of the four Greek mythological wind deities that bring the seasons. With...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Sade, Jon Hopkins, and Squirrel Nut Zippers

0:00 | Mar 12th, 2018

Week of March 12: This week, a pair of musical returns: Sade (after 8 years) and Squirrel Nut Zippers (after 18), along with new music from Simian Mobile Disco, David Byrne and Jon Hopkins.   Sade Returns After Eight Years – Just A Wrinkle In Time ...Show More

Singer, Actress, and Activist Lila Downs Works To Break Down Walls

29:52 | Mar 12th, 2018

Feminist icon and Mexican folklorist Lila Downs’ most recent album Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Dancehall, Tears, and Desire), is dedicated to strong women everywhere. Her lyrics, inviting all “dangerous” women to join her, often highlight issues relatin...Show More

Detroit Rapper/Producer Black Milk, In-Studio

31:58 | Mar 8th, 2018

The rapper and producer Black Milk is based in LA these days, but he’ll always be associated with Detroit... with Detroit producers like the late J Dilla, and Detroit rappers like Danny Brown. Black Milk (Detroit-born and bred rapper, composer and pr...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: kwes, Chvrches, and Sidi Touré

05:55 | Mar 5th, 2018

Week of March 5: This week, a moving Oscar performance, Malian rock, and Brooklyn punk. The Oscars: Best Song and Best Score Are Upstaged by Eddie Vedder   It was no surprise that the award for Best Original Song went to Kristen Anderson-Lopez and ...Show More

Jorge Drexler Captivates With Heartfelt Guitar-Based Electrified Songs

29:09 | Mar 5th, 2018

Musician, actor and doctor (otolaryngologist) Jorge Drexler grew up in Uruguay, and now lives in Spain. Listeners may be familiar with Drexler’s music because his theme song for The Motorcycle Diaries won an Academy Award (presented to him by Prince....Show More

Arresting Chamber-Rock Songs by POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e

29:46 | Mar 1st, 2018

Hear the eerie, arresting, co-composed electro-orchestral pop from Minneapolis electro band POLIÇA and Berlin new-music outfit stargaze, led by conductor André de Ridder. The two groups have worked together since the 2015-2016 season, in a “virtual r...Show More

Memories of Korea – No, The Other Korea

0:00 | Feb 26th, 2018

Ten years ago today, the New York Philharmonic landed in North Korea ... along with a group of Western journalists, myself among them. This anniversary is well-timed, since we Americans have spent much of the past two weeks looking at Korea on our TV...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Janelle Monae Teases New Record, and New Classic-Sounding Cuban Mambo

0:00 | Feb 26th, 2018

Week of Feb. 26: This week, Janelle Monae and the Skull Eclipses release preview tracks, and a musical trip to Cuba. PREMIERE: Meklit’s “Memories of the Future” Remixed by Georgia Anne Muldrow The Ethiopian-American singer and songwriter Meklit Had...Show More

Wally de Backer, aka Gotye, and the Ondioline

29:50 | Feb 26th, 2018

Somebody that we used to know, Wally de Backer, Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist, self-admitted “tinkerer,” and singer-songwriter (aka GOTYE), digs unusual instruments – like the rare French electronic musical instrument, the ondioline (...Show More

New Zealand Artist Marlon Williams Makes Beauty Out of Agony

25:57 | Feb 22nd, 2018

New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams has a voice like butter which can be charming and flirty as in the timeless crooner soon-to-be-classic, “Vampire Again,” or which can convey despair and longing, see his duet with Aldous Harding - "Nobody...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Courtney Barnett, Rafiq Bhatia, and Howie Lee

05:58 | Feb 19th, 2018

This week, new music from Beach House to Beijing, Rafiq Bhatia and Punjab Tronix, plus a new Courtney Barnett record is coming. Courtney Barnett Wants to Know How You Really Feel Courtney Barnett, the Aussie singer, guitarist, and rock’s leading pu...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: CGS, Kendrick, & Roomful of Teeth

0:00 | Dec 25th, 2017

Week of Dec. 25: This week, a new video from Southern Italy, another from Kendrick Lamar, & a holiday gift from vocal octet Roomful of Teeth.  PREMIERE: Beautiful New Video From Italy’s CGS In Southern Italy, the group known as Canzoniere Grecanico ...Show More

Banjo Innovators Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, In-Studio

28:51 | Dec 25th, 2017

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have each – in their own separate ways during their separate careers – been reinventing the sound of the banjo. Bela has drawn on jazz, classical, rock, folk, and world music; Abigail is fluent in Mandarin and has used...Show More

Surf-Crooner-Pop Band Zuli Plays Sunny Songs, In-Studio

29:53 | Dec 21st, 2017

New York-based band Zuli deals in fizzy-lifting crooner-pop that swerves madly between surf-, psych-, and indie-rock. On the latest record, On Human Freakout Mountain, Ryan Camenzuli -- the brain behind Zuli -layers intricate guitar and piano riffs t...Show More

Bette Smith: Muscular Soul at a Fever Pitch

0:00 | Dec 19th, 2017

Bette Smith was born and raised in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn – but on her debut LP called Jetlagger she draws on the gospel she sang in the church and the soul music she heard on the block on hot summer nights music growing up on the corner of Nostrand and ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: The Dreamer & Xenia Rubinos

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2017

Week of Dec. 18: This week, the unexpected returns of Benjamin Franklin and J Dilla, collaborations between Jackson Browne and Mexican-American roots band Los Cenzontles, and Xenia Rubinos, Olga Bell, and MC Sammus. Lin-Manuel Miranda Presents: Ben ...Show More

Another Side of Cindy Wilson of The B52's

28:18 | Dec 18th, 2017

Hear psychedelic future-pop from Cindy Wilson, co-founder of the party band, The B52's. Wilson returned to her roots to fashion a new Athens, GA-based band, and explore a different side of her vocal talents. She and her band have just released Change...Show More

Electro Soul-Folk Duo Overcoats, Live In-Studio

0:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell call themselves Overcoats and make songs that perhaps wear a shiny electronic coat, but underneath, they’re wearing a simple, often old-fashioned weave of vocal harmonies. To describe the music as a mix of folk, pop, & elec...Show More

Tei Shi's Entrancing and Empowering Electro-Pop

27:47 | Dec 14th, 2017

Tei Shi, the New York-based Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer was born Valerie Teicher in Buenos Aires and grew up between (Bogota,) Colombia and (Vancouver,) Canada. With synths and airy vocals, she crafts melodic, yet danceable layer...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: NY Phil at 175 & I'm With Her

05:30 | Dec 11th, 2017

Week of December 11: Sufjan Stevens Sings About Tonya Harding; Songwriter Grace Carter at 20; the New York Phil at 175. Remember Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding? Guess Which One Sufjan Stevens Is Singing About.OK, I admit it. I find figure skating ...Show More

The Weather Station Delivers Tumbling Short Stories As Songs, In-Studio

30:30 | Dec 11th, 2017

The Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist/and actor Tamara Lindeman has been making records under the name The Weather Station for just over a decade. Her latest album, also called The Weather Station, is essentially a collection of very short stories...Show More

Banjo Innovators Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, In-Studio

0:00 | Dec 7th, 2017

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have each – in their own separate ways during their separate careers – been reinventing the sound of the banjo. Bela has drawn on jazz, classical, rock, folk, and world music; Abigail is fluent in Mandarin and has used...Show More

Another Side of Cindy Wilson

0:00 | Dec 5th, 2017

To hear Cindy Wilson's session live, click on the player below at 2 p.m. ET. Hear psychedelic future-pop from Cindy Wilson, co-founder of the party band, The B52's. Wilson returned to her roots to fashion a new Athens, GA-based band, and epxlore a d...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: El Perro Del Mar, The Hold Steady & Sharon Jones' "Sail On!"

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2017

Week of Dec. 4: This week, a peek back at Sharon Jones’ last recording sessions, a "Fight For Life" by El Perro Del Mar and a look ahead to The Hold Steady’s next album. The Hold Steady Return With First New Songs In Three Years Entitlement Crew b/w...Show More

New Music by Guitar Band Luna, Sometimes With Words, In-Studio

29:55 | Dec 4th, 2017

See Luna's session live via Facebook: Hear guitar-drenched dream pop by Luna, the New-York-City-based band, now scattered around the country. Yes, that Luna. The one that was “formed in 1991 by Dean Wareham after the breakup of Galaxie 500, with Sta...Show More

Tei Shi's Entrancing and Empowering Electro-Pop

0:00 | Dec 1st, 2017

To hear Tei Shi's session live, click on the player below at 2 p.m. ET. Tei shi, the New York-based Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer was born Valerie Teicher in Buenos Aires and grew up between (Bogota,) Colombia and (Vancouver,) Can...Show More

Surf-Crooner-Pop Band Zuli Plays Sunny Songs, In-Studio

0:00 | Nov 30th, 2017

To hear Zuli's session live, click on the player below at 2 p.m. ET. New York-based band Zuli deals in fizzy-lifting crooner-pop that swerves madly between surf-, psych-, and indie-rock. On the latest record, On Human Freakout Mountain, Ryan Camenzu...Show More

French Composer Colleen Finds A New All-Electronics-Based Sound

38:19 | Nov 30th, 2017

Watch Colleen's session via Facebook Live:  Colleen is the alias of French multi-instrumentalist Cécile Schott, who has been living and working in Spain for the past few years. Her musical ax of choice was a Baroque instrument - the viola da gamba (...Show More

The Weather Station Delivers Tumbling Short Stories As Songs, In-Studio

0:00 | Nov 28th, 2017

To hear The Weather Station's session live, click on the player below at 2 p.m. ET. The Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist/and actor Tamara Lindeman has been making records under the name The Weather Station for just over a decade. Her latest albu...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Dizzy, Shame & U2

05:58 | Nov 27th, 2017

Week of Nov. 27: This week, looking ahead to U2 and looking back at ECM Records. Now Streaming, Everything From ECM Records One of the biggest pieces of music news this past week involved streaming. Actually, two of the biggest pieces of news: first...Show More

Balmorhea's Road Music - A Bonus Annotated Playlist: "Songs from the US Clear Language Tour, Fall 2017"

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2017

Balmorhea (bal-mə-ray), the Austin-based instrumental minimalist ensemble, makes expansive layered spacious music. When they visited our studios in their six-piece formation, they played songs from their latest, Clear Language. Additionally, the band...Show More

Balmorhea's Clear-Eyed Reflective Instrumental Minimalism

29:09 | Nov 27th, 2017

Watch Balmorhea's live session: The Austin-based minimalist instrumental ensemble Balmorhea uses acoustic instruments to create atmospheric soundscapes. Comparisons to Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor might not be too far off, bu...Show More

Sweet Guitar-Driven Power Pop By Eyelids

32:00 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Watch the full Facebook Live Session: Portland, OR collective Eyelids play "lopsided" rock with a great jangly-buzzy guitar sound – kind of a classic indie rock sound – and why not: the band’s members have also played in heavyweight bands like The D...Show More

Xylouris White, Lute Meets Drums, In-Studio

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2017

Watch Xylouris White's session via Facebook Live: Lute-based and percussion driven, the rugged duo of Cretan lauto player George Xylouris (scion of one of Greece’s most revered musical families) and Australian drummer Jim White (he’s played with Bon...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Bjork, 'Pretty Polly' & Perel

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2017

Week of Nov. 20: This week, a new Björk song and an old murder ballad in a video premiere. Plus, an alternate Stranger Things soundtrack. PREMIERE: A Raw, Haunting Version Of An Old Murder Ballad The indie film Barracuda is about a young English wo...Show More

Beirut-based Band Mashrou' Leila Courts Controversy

27:21 | Nov 20th, 2017

Watch via Facebook Live:  Beirut-based indie-rock band Mashrou’ Leila tackles taboo topics - political corruption, LGBT rights, religion, and Middle Eastern feminism. Their catchy and danceable Arabic pop songs are full of guitars, drum machines, sam...Show More

Nashville-Based Lilly Hiatt Questions Her Demons

24:54 | Nov 16th, 2017

Watch Lilly Hiatt's instudio: Nashville-based songwriter Lilly Hiatt leans more garage-rock than saloon songstress, especially on her latest record, Trinity Lane, where she has summoned the crunchy guitars of 90’s bands like the Pixies, the Breeders...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Boubacar Traoré & Poppy Ackroyd

05:59 | Nov 13th, 2017

This week, new songs by Eminem and Kimbra; a song premiere from Mali via Louisiana, and a video premiere from a Brooklyn loft. PREMIERE: A Star Guitarist From Mali Comes To Louisiana In the early 60s, guitarist Boubacar Traoré became a national figu...Show More

Australian Singer-Songwriter Jen Cloher's Beautiful & Sad Songs Tell Brutal Truths

33:07 | Nov 13th, 2017

Here's Jen Cloher's session live: Melbourne, Australia-based label boss and band-leader, the singer/songwriter Jen Cloher scrapes back some skin and exposes raw truths on her latest record, her third, a self-titled affair. In making music which she ...Show More

Manchester Rock Band elbow Makes Joyful, Emotive, Orchestral Songs

35:30 | Nov 9th, 2017

The rock band elbow (small "e") hails from greater Manchester and makes subtle, sensitive, anthemic, joyful music, sometimes augmented with the strings of the Hallé Orchestra, (which they did not bring with them.) Guy Garvey’s vocals and wordplay are...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Jupiter and Young Fathers

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2017

Week of Nov. 6: This week, life-affirming soul and death-haunted folk, plus Brian Eno’s latest collaboration. Did You Skip This Youtube Ad?  Here’s What You Missed Benjamin Booker’s album Witness came out this past summer and was full of classic ro...Show More

Combo Chimbita Marries Psychedelic Funk and Afro-Caribbean-Latinx Trance

29:47 | Nov 6th, 2017

Combo Chimbita, a quartet of first-generation New Yorkers from Colombia, have tapped into the gritty rawness of New York punk as well as the Afro-futurism of Sun Ra, as they marry musical styles from Latin America and the Caribbean along the way with...Show More

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge - Fifty Years of Music, Culture & Politics

28:56 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Rolling Stone magazine set out to cover music, and the wider youth culture of the day some 50 years ago. It was where young people went to read about psychedelic rock, Vietnam, and Bob Dylan. 50 years later, the magazine had moved on to Taylor Swift,...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: The Go! Team, Rhye, & Morrissey

05:59 | Oct 30th, 2017

Week of Oct. 30: This week, A Cuban/Jamaican collaboration, The Go! Team, Rhye, and a weird wish from Morrissey. Cuba And Jamaica Meet… In Australia The Australian pianist and reggae producer Mista Savona is about to release an album called Havana ...Show More

Roots-Reggae Band SOJA Asks Big Questions, Embraces Human Family

33:19 | Oct 30th, 2017

Hailing from Washington, D.C., the roots-reggae band SOJA believes that music should speak for people and uplift them. With that idea in mind, their latest, Poetry In Motion, blends reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop, and intends t...Show More

Richmond Duo Lean Year's Slowcore Minimalist Folk, In-Studio

0:00 | Oct 27th, 2017

To hear Lean Year's session live, click on the player below at 2 p.m. ET. Dreamy slow-core folk duo Lean Year is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson, along with contributions from Chicago musician/engineer Erik Hall...Show More

Bjarte Eike & Barokksolistene (The Alehouse Boys) Tear It Up In-Studio

35:47 | Oct 26th, 2017

The Norwegian band called Barokksolistene is out to give classical music a bad name. They’re trying to drag classical music – and especially Baroque music – down to the level of folk musicians fiddling in back of a pub. We here at WNYC fully support ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Big K.R.I.T. & Japanese Breakfast

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Week of Oct. 23: This week, Big K.R.I.T., Japanese Breakfast, and Pretty Lights. Plus, a surprise new Superchunk song! Big K.R.I.T.’s Striking Gospel Rap Video   Southern rapper Big K.R.I.T. is about to release a new album called 4Eva Is A Mighty L...Show More

Brooklyn Rider Continues to Choose Its Own New Music Adventures

29:37 | Oct 23rd, 2017

The inventive and ever-evolving string quartet Brooklyn Rider proffers an omnivorous steady diet of new works, global collaborations, and interpretations of the standard quartet repertoire. On its latest, Spontaneous Symbols, the quartet presents rec...Show More

A Shot of Juke Music: The Band Vintage Trouble Will Not Be Contained

25:07 | Oct 19th, 2017

Los Angeles-based band Vintage Trouble is a powerfully fun time of old-school soul, southern rhythm & blues, sizzling dance moves, and catchy, crunchy guitar-driven rockenroll. When describing their own sound, the band uses the term “formatted reckle...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Sharon Jones' Final Record & Fela Kuti Box Set #4

05:58 | Oct 16th, 2017

Week of Oct. 16: This week, a final recording from Sharon Jones, and Erykah Badu curates Fela Kuti. Sharon Jones’ Last Album Coming In November The great soul singer Sharon Jones passed away last year after battling with pancreatic cancer – a battl...Show More

Trumpeter Keyon Harrold's Vibrant Tunes Offer Strength & Courage

35:16 | Oct 16th, 2017

Trumpeter, singer, and composer Keyon Harrold has played with Beyoncé, Common, Erykah Badu, Rihanna, Eminem, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, LL Cool J, and Maxwell, to name a few. He was also the trumpet player behind Don Cheadle in the Miles Davis biopic...Show More

Drive-By Truckers Storm and Twang To Get Folks Thinking

34:47 | Oct 12th, 2017

The Athens, Ga.-based group Drive-By Truckers has been writing about the Southern experience and its history for more than 20 years. Fronted by founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the band's latest record, American Band, is a collection ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Soul of Cash and Albanian Saze

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2017

This week, the soul of Johnny Cash, and dispatches from Mar-A-Lago and Albania. Soul Of Cash Brings Johnny Cash And Soul Music Together Soul singer Brian Owens has just released an album called Soul Of Cash, wherein he joins the long list of musici...Show More

Guitarist & Composer Kaki King, Plus String Quartet, In-Studio

34:22 | Oct 9th, 2017

Kaki King brings a string quartet with her into the studio to perform some of her elegant arrangements in this chamber plus rock-folk-jazz setting. Watch: Guitarist, artist, songwriter and composer Kaki King writes in a variety of styles – finger-pi...Show More

Manchester Orchestra Holds You Above All the Misery

29:53 | Oct 5th, 2017

Atlanta-based band, Manchester Orchestra, delivers gripping cinematic indie rock, and they recently impressed us in 2016 with their original film score for “Swiss Army Man.” That record saw music made unlike many film scores – without instruments. Si...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Benefit Songs, Continental Breakfast, & RIP Tom Petty

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2017

This week, musical support for relief efforts in Texas and Puerto Rico; The Mountain Goats climb to the summit of podcasting. And RIP Tom Petty.   Remembering Tom Petty Tom Petty concert in 2010 (musicisentropy/Wikimedia Commons)  Of course, the...Show More

Songwriter Dan Wilson "Re-covers" His Songs Written With/For Others

35:00 | Oct 2nd, 2017

You probably know songwriter, producer and arranger Dan Wilson. He’s the songwriter who wrote massive hits with folks like Adele (“Someone Like You”) and The Dixie Chicks (“Not Ready to Make Nice”), and for his own band, Semisonic (“Closing Time.”) R...Show More

Producer Ian Brennan on Amplfiying the Voices of Persecuted People, Most Recently, in Tanzania

29:26 | Sep 28th, 2017

Producer and author Ian Brennan has worked with world music, folk music, traditional music, and has a feel for the DIY and lo-fi punk aesthetic. He produced Tinariwen’s Grammy-winning album, Tasili, but he has also recorded and amplified many voicele...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Balkan Brass Rap & "Loving Vincent"

05:59 | Sep 25th, 2017

This week, a film score premiere, a Balkan brass band collaborates with an underground rapper, and a report from Chicago’s South Side. PREMIERE: Music From Astonishing New Film “Loving Vincent” Clint Mansell has written the music for the first-of-i...Show More

Mischievous Electronic Pop from Argentine Singer & Producer Juana Molina

34:16 | Sep 25th, 2017

The Argentine singer/songwriter and brilliant producer of experimental off-kilter folk-tronica, Juana Molina, has a former life as a well-known comic actress. She embraces that playful humor and explores ancient folk legends involving bone on her lat...Show More

Lithuanian Violinist & Composer Abraham Brody Embraces and Updates Tradition

0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2017

This session has ended. Follow us @soundcheck & @newsounds on Twitter or subscribe to our podcast in iTunes, and we'll let you know when the audio is ready for download or streaming! The American born singer, violinist, composer, and multi-instrument...Show More

The Infectious Groove of NYC's Antibalas, Purveyors of Funky Afrobeat, Live, In-Studio

34:16 | Sep 21st, 2017

Brooklyn’s own Afropop-funk-dance big band Antibalas, is probably your favorite band’s favorite band. The 12-piece plus ensemble ranges freely through all kinds of funk, Afro-Cuban music, loping rhythms of Ethiogroove, Caribbean dance, punk rock, and...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Dan Friel's Upper Wilds, Bjork & Baaba Maal

0:00 | Sep 18th, 2017

Week of Sept. 18: This week, Baaba Maal and Destroyer set a new bar for weirdness in music videos. Björk leaps over it. Welcome Back To Björk’s World, As Trippy As Ever   Björk has announced a new album, called Utopia, due in November; for now, she...Show More

Public Service Broadcasting Samples the Past, Makes Music of the Future

34:33 | Sep 18th, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING sample archival recordings to make filmic, yet propulsive self-contained history lessons, with electronics and live drums, guitar and bass flugelhorn. They perform chapters from their latest, "Every Valley," about the coal...Show More

The Captivating Analog Synth Artistry of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

29:49 | Sep 14th, 2017

The west coast-based sound-maker and experimenter Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith weaves melodic patterns and pulses, using various analogue synthesizers – like the rare EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer, a vintage Buchla modular synthesizer, earning her a fun title ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Moses Sumney and Mexican Institute of Sound

05:59 | Sep 11th, 2017

Week of Sept. 11, 2017: This week, a host of collaborations, and an ode to a T-shirt. The National Release New Album, Play on Colbert’s Late Show Still one of the best bands to emerge from the Brooklyn indie rock scene in the first decade of this ce...Show More

Shilpa Ray Hand-Stamps The Nightlife And She's Stronger For It

29:47 | Sep 11th, 2017

The wonderfully twisted, self-possessed, wry, leather jacket-armored dark humored queen of the downtown night, Shilpa Ray, continues to survive working the door at the Lower East Side / New York City bar Pianos. And she’s turned that harsh reality in...Show More

Cigarettes After Sex Ignite the Slow Burn

29:43 | Sep 7th, 2017

Cigarettes After Sex is a sensual pop-noir band founded in El Paso, TX, but now based in Brooklyn. Frontman Greg Gonzalez’ dark androgynous voice wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch creation, or in "The Handmaid's Tale" (one of the songs WAS us...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Ibeyi & Matthew Dear

0:00 | Sep 4th, 2017

Week of Sept. 5: This week, music from A Clockwork Orange, a musical benefit for SPLC, Matthew Dear with Tegan and Sara, and "Prince of Tears." PREMIERE: Glenn Gregory’s Music For A Clockwork Orange This year marks the centennial of the birth of the...Show More

Lee Ranaldo & Steve Gunn, from the New York Guitar Festival, in the Greene Space

36:20 | Sep 4th, 2017

Hear music from one of the two Sonic Youth guitarists, Lee Ranaldo, along with the fingerstyle folk rocker Steve Gunn, recorded at the 2017 New York Guitar Festival in the Greene Space. Ranaldo rhapsodizes about how he had been writing recently on ac...Show More

Electro-Cumbia Bomba Estéreo Mix Traditional Sounds With Psychedelic Dance Music

27:47 | Aug 31st, 2017

Columbian band Bomba Estéreo explores their South American roots, mixing up cumbia, vallenato, & champeta with club & dub dance beats on their latest, "Ayo." Bomba Estéreo join us live.

Weekly Music Roundup: Holiday Destination and "Surprise Yourself"

05:22 | Aug 28th, 2017

Week of Aug. 28: This week, a Mary Epworth video premiere, Shilpa Ray's Heart Full of Dirt, Nadine Shah's 'Holiday Destination', and Game Of Thrones' favorite band. Oh yes - and Taylor Swift. PREMIERE: Mary Epworth’s Hallucinatory New Video, “Surpri...Show More

Outlaw Master Steve Earle Rolls Into Town & Serves Up Badass & Heart

29:50 | Aug 8th, 2017

The rebel-country troubadour Steve Earle ranges from guitar growl & snarled songpoetry, to front porch balladry on his latest, "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw." He joins us in the studio.

Weekly Music Roundup: Neil Young's Brand New 41-Year-Old Album

05:59 | Aug 7th, 2017

Week of August 7: This week, a new/old song from Neil Young, and an old soul named Cozmo. Neil Young's Brand New 41-Year-Old Album Back in 1976, in between his albums Zuma and American Stars 'n Bars, Neil Young recorded 10 songs by himself. Well, not...Show More

Gig Alert: Herbie Hancock at the Beacon Theatre

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2017

Gig Alert: Herbie Hancock at the Beacon TheatreTickets: $75-$125. Show at 7:30PM. It feels wrong to call Herbie Hancock a jazz pianist. He’s done so much electronic music, like the hit tune "Rockit," and so many collaborations with pop stars like Chr...Show More

Sam Amidon Experiments with Folk Music

0:00 | Aug 4th, 2017

Folk artist Sam Amidon experiments with Appalachian music, improvisation, congas, sax, & beats on his latest solo record  'The Following Mountain.'  He'll play some these songs live.

Gig Alert: Mostly Mozart Festival Presents Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

01:59 | Aug 4th, 2017

Gig Alert: Mostly Mozart Festival Presents Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Tickets: $35-$85.  Show at 7:30PM, tonight and tomorrow, Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall  The Mostly Mozart Festival has been a summer fixture in New York for over half a century...Show More

Offa Rex, Folk-Rock For the Ages

29:40 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Offa Rex is English singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney & The Decemberists. Chaney and Decemberists' frontman Colin Meloy rock us through this love letter to folk music, live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Olivia Chaney at Joe's Pub

02:47 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Gig Alert: Olivia Chaney at Joe's PubTickets: $15. Show at 7PM.  The English folk singer and instrumentalist Olivia Chaney burst on the scene with her debut album two years ago, called The Longest River. Critics compared her voice to that of some of ...Show More

Gig Alert: Fleet Foxes at Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell

01:53 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Gig Alert: Fleet Foxes at Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park BandshellTickets: $55 + up. (Benefit Concert). Show at 7PM. Fleet Foxes are a very popular indie-folk band. Now, there’s not a lot of indie-folk bands you can say that about, but then there ...Show More

Low Cut Connie Pounds Out Some Bluesy-Garage Rockenroll

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2017

Philly bar rockers Low Cut Connie, led by pianist Adam Weiner & Shondra (Weiner’s upright piano, which he brings wherever he goes), join us in the studio to play some bluesy rockenroll.

Weekly Music Roundup: Mercury Prize Shortlist & Jen Cloher

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2017

Week of July 31: This week, the Mercury Prize shortlist, and Mick Jagger’s political new song.   2017 Mercury Prize: The Shortlist Britain’s Mercury Prize is a little bit like America’s Pulitzer Prize: the cash award is relatively small (£25,000 – wh...Show More

Mondo Cozmo Sparkles With Sunny Pop

28:17 | Jul 31st, 2017

From blasts of punk, to happy-jangly uplifting anthems, to dance music for the soul, hear some of the Mondo Cozmo pop sound in the studio. His record, "Plastic Soul," is out on Friday.

Gig Alert: L.A. Salami at Rockwood Music Hall

02:19 | Jul 31st, 2017

Gig Alert: L.A. Salami at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2Tickets: $15, Doors at 6:30PM, Show at 7PM. 21+ On paper, the name L. A. Salami seems pretty implausible. But this Londoner of Nigerian descent is in fact named Lookman Adekunle Salami, and he has...Show More

Gig Alert: Marcy Playground at B.B. Kings

02:04 | Jul 28th, 2017

Gig Alert: Marcy Playground at B.B. KingsTickets: $30-70. Show at 7:30PM So, how are you enjoying 2017 so far? Kind of makes you long for the good old days, like 1997, doesn’t it? For the multi-platinum selling band Marcy Playground, 1997 was a very ...Show More

Bluesman Jake La Botz Taps Into Vintage American Roots

29:45 | Jul 27th, 2017

Delta blues-inflected singer, guitar player, and songwriter Jake La Botz plays American traditional music from his latest, Sunnyside, live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Tigue at Union Pool

02:01 | Jul 27th, 2017

Gig Alert: Tigue at Union Pool, an LPR Presents showTickets: $10-12. Show at 8PM The percussion trio known as Tigue is part of the vibrant community of musicians who move freely between contemporary classical music and something approaching indie roc...Show More

Gig Alert: Rickie Lee Jones performs Pirates at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center

02:37 | Jul 26th, 2017

Gig Alert: Rickie Lee Jones performs Pirates at Damrosch Park, Lincoln CenterTickets: Free. Show at 7PM In 1981, Rickie Lee Jones released her second album, called Pirates. It fit into the long and illustrious tradition of breakup albums, like Dylan’...Show More

Feel the Force of OMD's Electro Dance-Pop Revival

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2017

The appealingly danceable music of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, or OMD, as the trailblazing synth-driven electronic band came to be known, has delighted and charmed listeners for decades. They formed in the late 1970's, greatly inspired by Kraf...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Farewell to Basement Bhangra & "Unpeeled"

05:59 | Jul 24th, 2017

Week of July 24: A wild week of Grime, Bhangra, Afrobeat, and a String Quartet. London’s Dizzee Rascal Has Something To Say, To London The UK style known as grime has never really caught on here in the States, but its blend of skeletal hip hop beats...Show More

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra Build Crystal Structures of Chamber-Dance Music

26:59 | Jul 24th, 2017

London-based dance music artist, classically trained pianist/composer, and Chicago native Kate Simko along with the London Electronic Orchestra, combine harp, violin, cello & laptop, live in the studio. Layers of clubby electronics and keyboards supp...Show More

Gig Alert: Luke Temple at Threes Brewing

01:46 | Jul 24th, 2017

Gig Alert: Luke Temple at Threes Brewing Tickets: $10, Show at 8PM. 21+ Singer/songwriter Luke Temple leads the successful indie pop band called Here We Go Magic. But he still occasionally makes solo music under his own name. With a voice that can so...Show More

Gig Alert: Mashrou' Leila at Celebrate Brooklyn, Sat. 7/22

01:52 | Jul 21st, 2017

Gig Alert: Mashrou' Leila, with Dawn of Midi at Celebrate Brooklyn, Sat. 7/22Tickets: Free. Doors, 6PM, Show 7PM. Prospect Park Bandshell The Lebanese alternative rock band called Mashrou Leila has courted both crowds and controversy in the Near East...Show More

Gig Alert: Morton Subotnick at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center

02:01 | Jul 20th, 2017

Gig Alert: Morton Subotnick at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln CenterTickets: $50, but the event's run is mostly sold-out.  In 1967, the electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick released "Silver Apples of the Moon," the first electronic record ...Show More

Songwriter Ani Difranco's Sharp & Urgent Poetic Observations

32:22 | Jul 20th, 2017

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, poet, performer, parent & businesswoman Ani DiFranco joins us live to play stripped-down songs from her latest record, "Binary."

Gypsy Punks Gogol Bordello Turn Rage Into Joy

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2017

The turbo-charged New York band Gogol Bordello get wild with the riotous magic of Eastern European-rooted gypsy punk in the studio, anticipating their latest record, "Seekers & Finders."

Gig Alert: OK GO at Lowdown Hudson Music Festival

02:01 | Jul 19th, 2017

Gig Alert: OK GO, with Flint Eastwood at Lowdown Hudson Music Festival Tickets: Free. Doors at 5PM. Brookfield Place NY, Waterfront Plaza, 230 Vesey Street The band OK Go plays music. They also make great videos, like the one on the treadmills or the...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Alvvays & The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers

0:00 | Jul 17th, 2017

Week of July 17: This week, one musical controversy burns while another is put out.  And some new releases. Radiohead’s Tel Aviv Concert Sparks Controversy Radiohead live in Taipei, Taiwan (July 2012) (By kudumomo /Wikimedia Commons) On Wednesday ...Show More

Thurston Moore's Latest Jangly Shimmering Guitar Bursts

29:04 | Jul 17th, 2017

Best known as the guitarist/singer of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore has explored noise, drone, & metal territory with countless collaborators. His latest is "Rock ‘n’Roll Consciousness."

Gig Alert: Yo La Tengo at Central Park Summerstage

02:09 | Jul 17th, 2017

Gig Alert: Yo La Tengo at Central Park SummerstageTickets: FREE. Doors at 6PM, Show at 7PM. Rumsey Playfield Yo La Tengo is more than just a rock band – they are musical polymaths, able to play in a bewildering array of styles and situations. They’ve...Show More

Gig Alert: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Central Park Summerstage, Sunday, July 16

02:02 | Jul 14th, 2017

Gig Alert: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Central Park Summerstage, Sunday, July 16Tickets: Free. Show at 2PM. Rumsey Playfield The Broadway musical Fela was a surprise hit a few years back, as it celebrated the controversial life and irresistible music of ...Show More

Gig Alert: Blick Bassy at David Rubenstein Atrium

02:00 | Jul 13th, 2017

Gig Alert: Blick Bassy at David Rubenstein AtriumTickets: Free. Show at 7:30PM  The singer, guitarist, and banjo player Blick Bassy grew up in Cameroon, though he now lives in a small village in France. Somehow, he fell in love with the sound of Amer...Show More

Guitarist Blick Bassy Shares His Cameroonian Raw Materials

29:37 | Jul 12th, 2017

Cameroonian-born, France-based guitarist Blick Bassy, along with cello and trombone-playing co-conspirators, delivers intimate blues-chamber pop live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

02:03 | Jul 12th, 2017

Gig Alert: Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing at Dizzy's Club Coca-ColaTickets: $35-$45. Set times at 7:30 & 9:30pm nightly, through Sunday, July 16 Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander came to New York in 1962, when he was 18, and he’s spent the foll...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Dollshot & Shabazz Palaces

05:16 | Jul 10th, 2017

Week of July 10: This week, Ke$sha Becomes Kesha; and Webster Hall Is About To Become History Introducing Kesha – Not Ke$ha   Perhaps you’ve been following the ugly fight, played out in the courts and in the news, between the pop singer formerly kno...Show More

Gig Alert: Rakim at Brooklyn Historical Society (Talk), part of Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

02:00 | Jul 10th, 2017

Gig Alert: Rakim at Brooklyn Historical Society, (Interview), part of Brooklyn Hip Hop FestivalTickets: $10, Door at 6:30PM, Event starts at 7PM. Rakim is considered by many to be one of the greatest rappers ever. He was, and is now once again, half ...Show More

Alison Moyet's Latest Electro-Pop Adventure, "Other"

29:24 | Jul 10th, 2017

Since going solo in 1984, Alison Moyet (of Yazoo) has had more hits, as well as time away from music. Now she's back, with a new record, "Other," and joins us in the studio.

Gig Alert: Tengger Cavalry at Saint Vitus

01:54 | Jul 7th, 2017

Gig Alert: Tengger Cavalry at Saint VitusTickets: $18, 21+, Show at 8PM.The band called Tengger Cavalry, like so many bands these days, is based here in New York. But they’re originally from Mongolia, and they use a combination of traditional Mongoli...Show More

Showtime Goma: Dream-Pop by Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow

34:39 | Jul 6th, 2017

Jen Goma, of A Sunny Day In Glasgow, unleashes hopeful exuberance in her solo project, Showtime Goma. It's DIY dream-pop forged with love, and she joins us to play some live.

Gig Alert: Richard Barone at Joe's Pub

02:13 | Jul 6th, 2017

Gig Alert: Richard Barone at Joe's PubTickets: $18, Show at 7PM Richard Barone led the rock band The Bongos before embarking on a solo career that’s taken a few twists and turns. The latest is an album of covers, called Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich ...Show More

Gig Alert: Sinkane at Metro Tech Commons, noon, Thursday, July 6

01:52 | Jul 5th, 2017

Gig Alert: Sinkane at Metro Tech Commons, Thursday, July 6. Tickets: Free. Show at 12noon. The singer Ahmed Gallab records under the name Sinkane, making music that blends electronica, funk, and psychedelia - with occasional echoes of his East Africa...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Denitia & The National

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Week of July 3: This week, new music from The National, and a pair of long-delayed returns. The National Release New Song And Throw A (Guilty) Party “Guilty Party” is the name of the new single by The National, the second to be released in advance of...Show More

Gig Alert: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at The Blue Note

01:45 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Gig Alert: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at The Blue NoteTickets: $10-25, Sets at 8PM and 10:30PM The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is, at its core, a band of seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They are the sons of the noted jazz trumpeter Phil Cohra...Show More

Minimalist Droney Dream Pop by Saltland

39:00 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Hear music from the Montreal-based one-woman band, Saltland, aka cellist Rebecca Foon, from her latest, “A Common Truth. ” She layers multiple loops of her cello, atop a rich set of drones, live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks at Summerstage Sat. 7/1

01:56 | Jun 30th, 2017

Gig Alert: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks at Summerstage Sat. 7/1Tickets: Free. Show 6PM, Rumsey Playfield  When the TV series Boardwalk Empire needed a band to play authentic 1920s music, there was really only one place to turn: Vince Giordano and ...Show More

Gig Alert: Cassandra Wilson at The Blue Note

02:00 | Jun 29th, 2017

Gig Alert: Cassandra Wilson at The Blue Note, Thurs. 6/29-Sunday, 7/2Tickets: $35-55. Sets at 8PM & 10:30PM Cassandra Wilson has one of the most distinctive voices in jazz. But her range also encompasses lots of American roots music, including folk, ...Show More

Mountain Goats Go Into Their Black Hearts On "Goths"

36:59 | Jun 29th, 2017

The "preeminent legends of lo-fi", the Mountain Goats, still trying to outrun their home-recorded past, join us in a duo version to play new music from their latest, "Goths."

Gig Alert: Elizabeth & The Catapult at Le Poisson Rouge

02:18 | Jun 28th, 2017

Gig Alert: Elizabeth & The Catapult at Le Poisson RougeTickets: $10, 18+, Show at 7:30PM  The band Elizabeth and the Catapult is built around the voice and the composing skills of Elizabeth Ziman. She’s classically trained but writes mostly in an idi...Show More

Gig Alert: Crash Ensemble (Weekly Roundup)

01:54 | Jun 27th, 2017

Gig Alert: Crash Ensemble – "Past Tundra" (Weekly Roundup) The Dublin-based new music group called The Crash Ensemble has been hugely important on the Irish contemporary music circuit, but their new album, Ghosts, includes music by composers from Ame...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Ethio-American Soul & "Past Tundra"

05:59 | Jun 26th, 2017

Week of June 26: This week, Alan Gilbert Goes To Hamburg; Iggy Pop Goes To Mali; And Radiohead Goes Back In Time. Radiohead's New Song Is Twenty Years Old On Friday, Radiohead released their groundbreaking 1997 album OK Computer  in a newly remaster...Show More

Gig Alert: Aimee Mann at Music Hall of Williamsburg

02:17 | Jun 26th, 2017

Gig Alert: Aimee Mann at Music Hall of WilliamsburgTickets: $35, 18+, Show at 8PM Aimee Mann had it all in the early '90s – a major record label and a band, Til Tuesday, with a hit song. But she walked away from it because she wanted to make music he...Show More

Pink Martini's Exotic Musical Journey Continues

22:19 | Jun 26th, 2017

Portland, Oregon-based Pink Martini whisks listeners away on globetrotting musical journeys, singing in Armenian, Portuguese, Arabic, French & Xhosa. They perform in our studio.

Gig Alert: Pharoah Sanders at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park

02:06 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Gig Alert: Pharoah Sanders at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect ParkTickets: Free, Show at 7:30PM In the 1960s, sax players John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders explored a spiritual, even mystical brand of jazz rooted in sounds of Africa and ideas from Asi...Show More

Gig Alert: Julia Holter's Tragedy Opera at National Sawdust, 6/22 & 6/23

02:01 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Gig Alert: Julia Holter's Tragedy Opera at National Sawdust Tickets: $34-$42, General Admission. Shows at 7PM, 6/22 & 6/23Singer and composer Julia Holter writes music that blurs the line between acoustic and electronic, and between pop music and the...Show More

Adrian Crowley Offers Up Immersive Haunting Songs

29:51 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Galway-raised troubadour Adrian Crowley eloquently writes sad, dark & beautiful songs. He'll play some of these intimate songs live.

Gig Alert: Ala.ni at Central Park Summerstage

01:58 | Jun 21st, 2017

g Alert: Ala.ni at Central Park Summerstage (Rumsey Playfield) Tickets: Free. Show at 6PM The singer and songwriter Ala.ni comes to us from England – though it may sound like she comes to us from the 1940s. Born in London to Caribbean parents and now...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: "In the Deepest" & Coal Miners

0:00 | Jun 19th, 2017

Week of June 19: This week, creepy dancers, coal miners, and the end of the world.   The End Of The World, Or Not, In Johnny Flynn’s New Video English “post folk” singer and actor Johnny Flynn has just released a new video for his song “In The Deepe...Show More

Gig Alert: Dams of the West at Baby's All Right

02:07 | Jun 19th, 2017

Gig Alert: Dams of the West at Baby's All RightTickets: $15, 18+, Show at 8. Chris Tomson is best known as the drummer for the popular indie rock band Vampire Weekend. But he is also a singer and guitarist, and recently put out a solo album under the...Show More

Guitarist/Singer Benjamin Booker's Potent Cocktail of Punk & Soul

25:05 | Jun 19th, 2017

Fiery guitarist/songwriter Benjamin Booker's ecstatic, gritty, and soulful sounds channel punk rock & vintage soul, gospel and blues. He joins us live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Final New York Phil With Alan Gilbert in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

02:07 | Jun 16th, 2017

Gig Alert: New York Phil in Prospect Park (Long Meadow Ballfields), BrooklynTickets: Free. Show at 8PM.   After 8 years of leading the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conducts his final performance with the orchestra here in the city tonight. App...Show More

Randy Weston Web Extra

07:19 | Jun 15th, 2017

Jazz pianist Randy Weston has long been exploring the African roots of American music. In this web extra, hear some jazz, blues, Chinese, Cuban, West African, and North African music.

Gig Alert: James Vincent McMorrow at Brooklyn Steel

02:06 | Jun 15th, 2017

Gig Alert: James Vincent McMorrow at Brooklyn SteelTickets: $25, Ages 16+, Show at 8PM The Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow has always had a soulful voice, and a gift for downtempo, moody R&B. In the past, he’s accompanied himself on acoustic guit...Show More

Landlady Picks & Chooses From Pop, Jazz, Pazz, Jop, Psych, & Prog

29:48 | Jun 15th, 2017

The Brooklyn-based five piece, Landlady, led by agitator Adam Schatz, brings their art/pop sound to our studio along with a string quartet.

Gig Alert: The Klezmatics at Central Park Summerstage

02:13 | Jun 14th, 2017

Gig Alert: The Klezmatics at Central Park SummerstageFree, Doors at 6PM, Show at 7PM, Rumsey Playfield In the 1980s, the New York band called The Klezmatics spearheaded a revival of Jewish klezmer music, updated with funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock....Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Sad Iggy Pop & Yukon Film Ghosts

05:24 | Jun 12th, 2017

Week of June 12: This week, Iggy Pop is sad; also, music from Twin Peaks and the Yukon Gold Rush. Oneohtrix Point Never And Iggy Pop Offer the Saddest Good Time Ever  Brooklyn-based Daniel Lopatin has been making experimental electronic music under ...Show More

Gig Alert: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at The Beacon Theatre, June 13 & 14

02:01 | Jun 12th, 2017

Gig Alert: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at The Beacon Theatre, June 13 & 14Tickets: $59.50-$99.50, Show at 8PM English singer Nick Cave and his longstanding band The Bad Seeds are certainly capable of rocking out. But Cave’s stories often demand somethi...Show More

New Orleans-based Roots Rockers The Revivalists Keep Going

29:56 | Jun 12th, 2017

New Orleans-based 7-piece outfit, The Revivalists, dig into all kinds of roots for their soulful rockenroll and they’ll play their hearts out for us in the Soundcheck studio.

Gig Alert: Maracatu NY at DROM (Barbes Benefit)

02:01 | Jun 9th, 2017

Gig Alert: Maracatu NY at DROM - A benefit for BarbesTickets: $25. Doors at 6PM, Show at 7PM. 21+ For 15 years, a small club in Park Slope, Brooklyn, named Barbes has been home to a global community of musicians – trance music from Morocco, gypsy jaz...Show More

Gig Alert: Lee Ranaldo at The Greene Space

01:59 | Jun 8th, 2017

Gig Alert: Lee Ranaldo at The Greene Space, part of the New York Guitar FestivalTickets: $15, Show at 7PM.  Even before the groundbreaking band Sonic Youth broke up, guitarists Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore were both pursuing solo projects. In Lee’s...Show More

Wilsen Brings Dreamy Folk-Pop Out of the Moonlight

29:51 | Jun 8th, 2017

The band Wilsen serves up fingerpicked folk guitar, crisp rhythms, & electronic flourishes, overlaid with Tamsin Wilson's voice. They play some of their dream-folk songs in the studio.

Gig Alert: Aldous Harding at Park Church Co-op on June 8 (Northside Festival)

01:54 | Jun 7th, 2017

Gig Alert: Aldous Harding at Park Church Co-op on June 8Tickets:  $12-15, All-Ages, 7PM The folk singer Aldous Harding, from New Zealand, creates haunting, atmospheric songs that sometimes tell a story, and sometimes just make the little hairs on you...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Tributes & "City Of No Reply"

0:00 | Jun 5th, 2017

Week of June 5: This week, moving tributes to the late Chris Cornell and the victims of the Manchester bombing; plus Arcade Fire’s return.  Norah Jones’s Tribute to Chris Cornell Musical tributes have flooded the internet since the death of Soundgard...Show More

Alan Gilbert, The Exit Interview

34:32 | Jun 5th, 2017

Alan Gilbert, when he took over the New York Philharmonic, in 2009, became the first NY-born Music Director of the ensemble. Gilbert wraps up his tenure with the orchestra this June, and somehow in his farewell time, he was able to visit with Soundch...Show More

Gig Alert: Benjamin Booker at Rough Trade

01:29 | Jun 5th, 2017

Gig Alert: Benjamin Booker at Rough TradeTickets: $20. Show at 8PM, 21+ Benjamin Booker’s debut album was a big deal, but his new album, Witness, his second, is even more socially and politically charged. Inspired by the writings of James Baldwin and...Show More

Gig Alert: Mavis Staples at Central Park Summerstage, Sat. June 3

02:21 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Gig Alert: Mavis Staples at Central Park Summerstage, Sat., June 3Tickets: FREE. Doors at 6PM, Show at 7PM, Rumsey Playfield. Mavis Staples has long been one of America’s great musical voices. As part of the Staples Singers and out on her own, she’s ...Show More

Gig Alert: Trixie Whitley at The Greene Space

02:03 | Jun 1st, 2017

Gig Alert: Trixie Whitley at The Greene SpaceTickets: $15, Show at 7PM Singer and guitarist Trixie Whitley is the daughter of the late songwriter Chris Whitley, so maybe it’s no surprise that her own albums are so assured. She’s sharing the stage ton...Show More

Solo Piano Works by George Winston

26:56 | Jun 1st, 2017

Pianist George Winston wrote his latest record, Spring Carousel, in the hospital recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Its proceeds will benefit cancer research. He joins us live.

Gig Alert: Odean Pope Saxophone Choir at Judson Memorial Church, Thurs., 6/1

01:42 | May 31st, 2017

Gig Alert: Odean Pope Saxophone Choir at Judson Memorial Church, Thurs., 6/1Tickets: $40-$300, 7PM, Part of the Vision Festival Each year, the historic Judson Church hosts the Vision Festival, a weeklong celebration of the many experimental forms of ...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Swet Shop Boys & NRVS LVRS

0:00 | May 30th, 2017

Week of May 29: This week, songs for bird watchers, Brad Pitt watchers, and Van Morrison fans Swet Shop Boys Celebrate Cultural Pride, Partying, and, uh, Birdwatching Riz MC and Heems are both of South Asian descent – Riz Ahmed, the British actor and...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Swet Shop Boys & NRVS LVRS

0:00 | May 30th, 2017

This week, songs for bird watchers, Brad Pitt watchers, and Van Morrison fans  Swet Shop Boys Celebrate Cultural Pride, Partying, and, uh, Birdwatching Riz MC and Heems are both of South Asian descent – Riz Ahmed, the British actor and rapper, is fro...Show More

Gig Alert: Dover Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge, Tuesday, May 30

01:37 | May 29th, 2017

Gig Alert: Dover Quartet at Le Poisson Rouge, TMRW, 5/30 at 8PMTickets: $25, Show at 8PM, All-Ages. The Dover Quartet is a gifted young string quartet that has quickly gained fans in the classical music world. But they’re not just fans of Mozart – th...Show More

Dover Quartet Celebrates the Music of Twin Peaks

26:03 | May 29th, 2017

The Dover Quartet performs selections from Daniel Schlosberg’s Twin Peak Fantasy – a musical kaleidoscope of Angelo Badalamenti’s renowned score of the original TV series.

Gig Alert: PUBLIQuartet at the Metropolitan Museum - Thelonious Monk 100

01:58 | May 26th, 2017

Gig Alert: PUBLIQuartet at the Metropolitan Museum - Thelonious Monk 100Tickets: $40, Concert at 7PM. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great American composer and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and there are celebrations throu...Show More

Gig Alert: Rahim AlHaj trio at David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center

02:00 | May 25th, 2017

Gig Alert: Rahim AlHaj trio at David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln CenterTickets: Free. 7:30 Performance. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Letters From Iraq is the latest record by Rahim AlHaj, the Iraqi-American composer and pe...Show More

Jazz Pianist And Innovator Randy Weston Renews a Connection With His African Past

28:48 | May 25th, 2017

American pianist & “Legend of Jazz,” Randy Weston, has once again stretched across history to forge connections to an African past. He performs some of The African Nubian Suite live.

Gig Alert: Lorde at Governors Ball Music Festival

02:03 | May 24th, 2017

Gig Alert: Lorde at Governors Ball Music Festival The New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and record producer, Lorde, drops her latest record called Melodrama in mid-June. From Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4, the annual music Governors Ball Music Fest...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Ghostpoet & Bokanté

0:00 | May 22nd, 2017

Week of May 22: This week, a new song from The National, and musical responses to immigration and mind control. The National Offer First Track From New LP   Most of them no longer live in Brooklyn, but it’s still hard to think of The National as any...Show More

Gig Alert: High Plains at Le Poisson Rouge

02:03 | May 22nd, 2017

Gig Alert: High Plains at Le Poisson RougeTickets: $25, Doors at 9PM, 18+ The Canadian/American duo called High Plains consists of the electronic musician Scott Morgan (loscil) and the Madison, Wisconsin-based cellist Mark Bridges. Together, they mak...Show More

The Secret Sisters Soar Once Again

29:31 | May 22nd, 2017

The Secret Sisters' soaring, tight harmonies wouldn’t be out of place singing country music, church music or murder ballads. They'll play some of their latest songs, live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Elza Soares at Town Hall

03:38 | May 18th, 2017

Gig Alert: Elza Soares at Town HallTickets: $45, Show at 8PM.   The grand dame of Brazilian pop, Elza Soares, now 80, has been through a lot. In a career racked by personal tragedy, legendary Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares has persevered as a sin...Show More

The Stretch Music of Trumpter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

42:17 | May 18th, 2017

New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah makes Stretch Music - a hybrid extension of jazz, hip-hop, & New Orleanian Afro-Native American styles. He joins us to play live.

Gig Alert: Sharon Isbin in the Jerome L. Greene Space, part of the NY Guitar Festival

03:36 | May 18th, 2017

Gig Alert: Sharon Isbin & guests in the Jerome L. Greene Space, part of the NY Guitar FestivalTickets: $15. Show at 7PM. Sharon Isbin is one of the greatest classical guitar players of our time. But the multiple Grammy winner has also been an enthusi...Show More

Gig Alert: Jambinai at Le Poisson Rouge

01:56 | May 17th, 2017

Gig Alert: Jambinai at Le Poisson RougeTickets: $20, Show at 8PM, 18+ Rock and metal meet the sounds of Korean classical music in the band called Jambinai. This trio from Seoul combines the pounding drums and wall of guitar sounds with the traditiona...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Lana Del Ray & Sampa the Great

06:00 | May 15th, 2017

Week of May 15: This Week, A Fun Festival’s Sad Song, Ben Folds’ New Orchestral Job, and A Eurovision Champion Portugal Ends A 53-year Losing Streak At Eurovision Song Contest First of all, there are many Americans who still don’t know what Eurovisio...Show More

The Soul of 'Sacred Steel' Virtuoso Robert Randolph and The Family Band

30:50 | May 15th, 2017

Hear the pedal steel fireworks in the gospel-rooted soul of Robert Randolph & The Family Band, taking the pedal steel where it has seldom been heard before - live in the studio.

Gig Alert: Shane Parish at the Stone

01:37 | May 15th, 2017

Gig Alert: Shane Parish at the StoneTickets: $20, Show at 8:30PM. All-Ages The guitarist Shane Parish has played lots of different types of music – some loud, some new, and some old and quiet. Often he’s heard with his avant-garde rock band Ahleuchat...Show More

Gig Alert: The Crossing Choir Performs John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Holy Wind at St. Michael's Church

01:51 | May 12th, 2017

Gig Alert: John Luther Adams – Canticles of the Holy Wind at St. Michael's ChurchTickets: $25-$35, Concert at 7:30PM The composer John Luther Adams often evokes the world around us, as in his Pulitzer Prize winning piece Become Ocean or in the series...Show More

Gig Alert: North Mississippi Allstars at Bowery Ballroom

01:59 | May 11th, 2017

Gig Alert: North Mississippi Allstars at Bowery BallroomTickets: $25, 21+, Show at 9PM Luther and Cody Dickinson founded the North Mississippi Allstars almost 20 years ago, blending blues, Memphis soul and rock and following in the footsteps of their...Show More

Southern Blues & Rock of Reverend Sekou & The Sealbreakers

39:23 | May 11th, 2017

The Reverend Osagyefo Sekou draws from a deep well of American music on his new album, called In Times Like These. He and The Sealbreakers play some of the tunes live in the studio.

Gig Alert: The Bad Plus at The Jazz Standard

01:55 | May 10th, 2017

Gig Alert: The Bad Plus at The Jazz Standard, 5/9-5/14Tickets: $35, with sets each night at 7:30 and 9:30 Since 2000, the piano trio known as the Bad Plus has upended any expectations you might have of what a piano trio should sound like. Yes, they u...Show More

Weekly Music Roundup: Havana Maestros & LCD Soundsystem's Return

0:00 | May 8th, 2017

Week of May 8: This week, LCD Soundsystem Is Back, Plus Old English, Old Cuban, and New African Sounds. LCD Soundsystem Return With Two Songs and SNL Performance When James Murphy announced the end of his beloved, influential dance band LCD Soundsys...Show More

Gig Alert: Slowdive at Brooklyn Steel, 5/8 & 5/9

01:47 | May 8th, 2017

Feel like doing a little time traveling? The UK band Slowdive will take you back to 1992. That’s when their brand of dream pop was at its most popular. Slowdive broke up in 1995, but it seems like all of those 90s bands are reuniting – almost all of ...Show More