Soundcheck presents “Tough Critics” — a video series starring Elisabeth, Onaje and Will, three fifth-graders from the Little Red School House in New York City. In each episode, the trio of burgeoning music critics takes on a new release — and they don’t pull any punches.
Plus, what would happen if Taylor Swift and Godspeed got together? Maybe this…. (click to listen)
It was only last year that Sigur Rós put out Valtari, a gorgeous, if somewhat sedate and dreamlike album. Now we’re already getting a new record: Sigur Rós has announced that its brand new album, Kveikur, is coming on June 17 internationally and June 18 in the U.S. via on XL Recordings.
Now a trio — after the departure of multi-instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson — Sigur Rós is apparently moving in a more aggressive direction on Kveikur — at least compared to Valtari and perhaps the joyful bursts from Jonsi’s stunning solo record. Still, if the first new track to surface “Brennisteinn” is any indication, the band may be playing with heavier, almost industrial sounds, but folding it into its epic-scale orchestral pop bliss.
via Soundcheck Check Ahead: Harper Simon, ‘Division Street’ Singer and songwriter Harper Simon debuted early, very early. In 1976, at the tender age of four, he joined his father, Paul, for a rousing performance of “Bingo,” recorded for Sesame Street.
This year, Regina Spektor released her sixth album to high praise. But that was before our Tough Critics got their hands on it. Three fifth graders from the Little Red School House in Greenwich Village pick apart the song “All The Rowboats” from Regina Spektor.
Composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon is known for his brilliantly cacophonous sound collages (hello, “Call Me Maybe”) and high-energy dance parties. Dan recently stopped by the Soundcheck studio to play live - and to talk about how his latest album represents a departure of sorts from his previous work.
Soundcheck Live Stream: Dan Deacon today at 2PM Composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon joins us on Soundcheck for a live in-studio performance of tracks from his upcoming album, America. Tune in to a live stream of his performance at 2 pm Eastern. Who knows - you might even be inspired to start a massive dance party.
Alex Winston’s debut, King Con, is one of the year’s most striking rock albums so far: full of dark but catchy songs and sometimes creepy storytelling. Fans of Kate Bush and PJ Harvey will find much to like in her dramatic singing. Listen to the rest of her live performance on Soundcheck.