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WNYC, New York Public Radio, brings you Soundcheck, the arts and culture program hosted by John Schaefer, who engages guests and listeners in lively, inquisitive conversations with established and rising figures in New York City's creative arts scene. Guests come from all disciplines, including pop, indie rock, jazz, urban, world and classical music, technology, cultural affairs, TV and film. Recent episodes have included features on Michael Jackson,Crosby Stills & Nash, the Assad Brothers, Rackett, The Replacements, and James Brown.

Somewhere on the spectrum of art music and prog rock, is the band Palm. Underneath airy vocal melodies, they build out an architecturally precise combination of guitars and percussion, plus extra electronic triggered effects like steel drums, backwards samples, and other hard-to-identify noises. With strange and unusual combinations of ever-shifting meter (fives, thirteens, threes, and many other grooves that are really hard to dance to), the Bard- College born, Philadelphia-based outfit trips gaily through fun, smart, and weird pop experiments. Their intriguing oasis of these creations, Rock Island , is nearly out, and it brings the band to perform in ...


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Norwegian band Wardruna creates music born of Nordic history, Norse runes and nature - and is led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Selvik, who currently composes music for the TV series Vikings. (He was formerly the drummer in the black meta
The singer and songwriter known as Sirintip lives here in New York, but like many musicians who are here in New York, she came from somewhere else. She was raised in Thailand, and spent her teenage years in her mother’s homeland of Sweden, before making
Hear some straight-up rock 'n' roll with big crunchy guitars and solid grooves from the decidedly un-noodley Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Not content to rest on their laurels, they're still shaking things up, embracing their blues roots, but adding a
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, singer-songwriter John Paul White (Ex-Civil Wars) brings his lyrical Southern gothic songs of heartbreak to the studio. Expect ethereal, sophisticated guitar-based Americana and dark, modern country from the four-time Grammy Award
New York-based band The Shacks play catchy music that has strong echoes of '60s pop and psychedelia, and touches of '70s soul too. Their nod to vintage sounds has ties to the storied production out of Daptone Records (home of the late Sharon Jones and th
The band Umphrey’s McGee spans a wide range of rock, prog, and pop, yet sometimes dips into jazz and/or improvisation by way of Zappa-inspired hand signals. But it’s also their constantly evolving live experience that has converted a loyal grassroots fan
For the better part of two decades, the Tuscon-based desert-noir band Calexico has been making Mariachi- and Cumbia-laced expansive Americana. For their latest record (their ninth), "The Thread That Keeps Us," they explore the dual nature of anxiety and
The Liverpool-born trio known as The Wombats make catchy, guitar-saturated pop with riffs on twisted love songs, or detail-rich bad choices. With all members, Dan, Tord, & Murph now residing in three different locations: London, Oslo and Los Angeles,
Since their inception over a decade ago, the string quintet Sybarite5 has built a global audience, from Lincoln Center to The Cutting Room and the Museum of Sex; from the Apple Store to the Library of Congress, and a music salon-like residency at NYC’s t
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 and guest artists. Their musical palette is one of soft-spoken but direct voca
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 Fult
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
LNZNDRF is a band composed of Scott and Bryan Devendorf (The National), and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National, Sufjan Stevens). Their CAN-influenced drone- fuzz psych jams are improvised, then structured into long-form songs, with or without vocals. LNZNDRF
John Doe is a musician, actor, and author, and one of the founding fathers of the L.A. punk scene with his band X, which continues to this day. He has co- authored and collected first-hand accounts of L.A. punk experiences in the book, Under the Big Black
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 her
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 to dr
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, an
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 layers of
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; al