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Fridays at 5:00 PM with Ann Yao Zhang

Soundcheck

Fridays at 5:00 PM
with Ann Yao Zhang

Soundcheck Feb. 16

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday this week – here’s the track list from today’s show to finish it off.

Charlotte Lawrence is out with a new single, “Just the Same.” After “Sleep Talking” and “You’re the One That I Want” last year, she’s surely an artist to keep an eye on. Hopefully an EP or studio album is in the works.

K. Flay’s “Run For Your Life” will be on the soundtrack of the new Tomb Raider film. Hard to believe that she signed with Interscope only two years ago and Every Where Is Some Where came out just last year. Great to see another another female artist who started out and broke the mold in the indie/alt scene on the up and up.

Ann

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Soundcheck Feb. 9

Thanks for tuning into Soundcheck on this snowy day – here’s this week’s track list with some Valentine’s-themed songs to warm you up!

Love Sick’s latest single “Hope” opened today’s show, and Fleurie’s single “Hurricane” closed it.

Another standout is Rhys’ “Maybe I Will Learn,” released at the tail end of January.

Also, a new version of Noah Kahan’s “Hurt Somebody,” this time with with Julia Micheals (of “Issues”-fame) is out now. It’s the title track on his debut EP. You might remember the solo version of this song on Soundcheck last year, and its pretty compelling as a duet too, in addition to performing well on the charts so far.

Ann

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Soundcheck Jan. 26 – Welcome Back!

Happy Spring Semester! Welcome back to campus – I hope your classes are off to a good start. Here’s the track list from this week’s Soundcheck.

Also catch up on the full list of Grammy nominees here, and take a look at Variety‘s Chris Willman’s predictions.

Børns’ sophomore album Blue Madonna is out now. “Second Night of the Summer” closed this week’s show. “God Save Our Young Blood” features Lana Del Rey.

Ann

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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.

Ann

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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!

Ann

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!

Ann

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!

Ann

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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.

Ann

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.”

Ann

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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.

Ann

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