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Soundcheck Dec. 1 – Happy December!

Happy first of the month! Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck. Catch up on tracks from today’s show here, including new music from MØ and Harry Hudson.

This Up Next Session with Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark is great. Her debut EP Night Thinker was released last year. Single “Adore” opened today’s show.

Also check out “Only One” from rising artist Carlie Hanson. Find it and her debut “Why Did You Lie?” on her Soundcloud.


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Soundcheck Nov. 17

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck! You can find today’s track list here.

Although this show doesn’t often feature Top 40 pop, Taylor Swift’s reputation, which dropped last Friday, is making serious waves and will certainly have an impact on pop, and inevitably indie and alt sounds over the next few years. “Delicate” is a standout, and “I Did Something Bad” which opened Friday’s show, represents a serious shift form Swift’s 1989 days.

Ann Powers’ insightful review of reputation for NPR can be found here. This album has already moved over a million units in less than a week, but the music really speaks for itself. Swift’s pop culture capital is as strong as ever.

Have a good weekend, and for those headed home for Thanksgiving break next week, safe travels!


Soundcheck Nov. 11

As always, thanks for tuning into Soundcheck on this chilly Friday!

Catch up on tracks from this week’s show here. A fun mix of new music, including Allie X and Verite’s collaboration, “Casanova,” and some pop bops of the ’10s.

Rising indie artist Spelles’ latest single off of her debut EP is out now. Check out “Teach Me How to Pray” here. “Dead in the Water” is another standout track featured on this week’s show.

Some airtime also for “Savage,” from Lights’ concept album “Skin & Earth.” Here’s an interesting read from Billboard about the album and how it came together.

Stay warm, and see you next week!


Soundcheck Oct. 27 – Happy Halloweekend!

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck on this Friday before Halloween next Tuesday.

Lot’s of new music dropped this week, including “Trust” from Sophie Lowe, Bishop Briggs’ “Dream,” and a stellar single, appropriately titled “New” from Daya who has just recently signed with Interscope. It’s pretty incredible that her other charting songs, including “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Hide Away,” were released before she was with a label.

You can catch up on all of these tracks here. Also check out Chicago duo Win and Woo’s “Gold,” which features Shaylen.

Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy’s “Moments Passed” is out now too. He’ll be embarking on North American tour soon.

Have a fun & safe Halloweekend!


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Soundcheck Oct. 20

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck! Catch up on today’s track list here. Some standouts include Tove Stryke’s newest single “Mistakes” and Maty Noyes’ “Say It to My Face.”

Also check out K. Flay’s “Giver,” her latest single off of Every Where is Somewhere, her debut studio album since signing with Interscope.

British DJ and producer Salute’s “That Girl,” featuring Gabrielle Aplin, is out now too.


Soundcheck Oct. 6

Hope everyone is having a great start to the long weekend! Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck this week.

Catch up on tracks played on today’s show here.

Gabrielle Aplin’s new EP Avalon is out now. “Waking up Slow” was featured on this week’s show. She is on US/UK tour with this album this fall.

Also check out Bea Miller’s Chapter Three: Yellowjust out today. Chapter One and Chapter Two released earlier this year include standouts “Like That” and “Burning Bridges.”


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Soundcheck Sept. 29

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck this week! Catch up on new releases from Friday’s track list here.

Wildes’ new single “Ghost” is out now. “Illuminate” and “Bare” have also had airtime on Soundcheck. Wildes (aka Ella Walker) is definitely one to watch, and hopefully a studio album or EP is in the works.

K. Flay is featured on a remix of Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder” off of their latest album Evolve. Check it out here. Her sophomore album Everywhere is Somwhere was released this April, and she’ll be joining the band on tour.


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Soundcheck Sept. 22

Today is the autumn equinox, so welcome to the official start of fall! Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Soundcheck.

Check out the tracks played on Friday’s show here.

Catch up on some new releases from the last month: Susanne Sundfør’s Music for People in Trouble – the first single from this album, “Undercover,” was featured on this week’s show. Dive Deep is Andrew Belle’s third studio album. “Horizon” and “Honey and Milk” are standout tracks.

Also check out Glass Animals’ music video for “Agnes” from How to Be a Human Being, which was filmed in a human centrifuge.


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Soundcheck Sept. 15 – Welcome Back!

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck’s first show of the fall. Hope you’re having a great start to the semester!

Catch up on tracks from Friday’s show here, featuring new music released over the summer hiatus, including “Saint” from Vérité’s Somewhere in Between, and “Talk” from November Lights debut EP.

Check out The Script live on BBC Radio 1. Their latest album, Freedom Child, was released this month.

Odesza’s “Higher Ground” featuring Naomi Wild opened this week’s show. The track is off of A Moment Apartthe electronic music duo’s first full-length studio album since In Return was released in 2014.


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Soundcheck Apr. 14

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck this week!

Check out Friday’s track list here, which included Vérité’s single “When You’re Gone” from her forthcoming album Somewhere in Between, and “Signals” from Nicole Millar’s latest EP, Communication.

Catch up on new music from English singer-songwriter Lewis Watson, whose debut studio album, midnightis out now.

Also check out the single “Dangerous” from Australian trio Glades, featured on this week’s show.


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