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Dolby offers sneak peek of first new full-length album in 20 years

Thomas Dolby will give an exclusive performance of his first album of new material in 20 years at a concert in New York at 2 p.m. Feb. 25, 2011.

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby

The concert, which begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 25, will showcase "A Map of the Floating City," which is due out this summer. Postclassical New York string quartet Ethel and accordion player Rachelle Garniez will join Dolby onstage. The performance is part of WNYC's Soundcheck program and will occur in the The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton St. (at Varick Street). Tickets are $10 and are on sale now; click here for more information.

Since quitting the music business in the early 1990s, the artist behind “She Blinded Me With Science” co-invented the polyphonic ringtone synthesizer and became musical director of the TED Conference, an annual event in Long Beach, California, that convenes some of the world’s foremost thinkers, inventors and speakers.

Also to be featured on the Soundcheck program are The Jolly Boys, who first rose to prominence in the 1950s as the house band for the Rat Pack’s Jamaica chapter. The group will share its latest album, “Great Expectation,” and perform its covers of songs by artists such as Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse for the in-studio and online audiences.

The special edition of SOUNDCHECK, live from The Greene Space, will broadcast on 93.9 FM and stream live as a video webcast at

Soundcheck is WNYC’s daily talk show about music that features conversations with musicians, critics, scholars, journalists and others related to the music industry, as well as special live performances. Past guests include Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, David Byrne, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Wyclef Jean and Jakob Dylan. The show is hosted by John Schaefer; it is available for on-demand listening at For more information, visit